Rev. Richard A. Smith Called to His Rest
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Reverend Richard Anthony Smith was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 90 years old.
Father Smith was born on July 13, 1929 in Providence, Rhode Island and was ordained a priest on May 26, 1956 by the Most Reverend Matthew F. Brady, D.D., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Smith studied at Providence College; Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT and then he completed his ecclesiastical studies at Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD.
Father Smith served as associate pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Concord and as Chaplain at Camp Fatima; then as associate pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord; Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Tilton; Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Littleton; Saint Anne Parish, Manchester; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsfield while serving as Assistant to the Diocesan Camps, and Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Concord.
Father Smith served as pastor of Saint Theresa Parish, Henniker; Saint Patrick Parish, Jaffrey; Saint Matthew Parish, Whitefield; Saint Patrick Parish in Bennington where he served faithfully until his retirement in 2006.
During his lifetime, Father Smith also served as Chaplain to: the Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley, CA; Court of CDA, Littleton; College Community, New England College, Henniker; College Community, Franklin Pierce College, Rindge. He served as CYO Director, Belknap-Carroll Deanery; Assistant Deanery Director CYO, Coos County, West Deanery; Youth Director, Manchester Deanery; Formation of Lay Athletic Board; Concord Area Senator; Council of Priests, Franconia Deanery. He also participated in the Pastoral Enrichment Program at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA and the Institute for Continuing Theological Education, Casa Santa Maria, North American College, Rome, Italy.
During his retirement, Father Smith continued to do ministry especially at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Jaffrey, NH.
Fr. Smith is predeceased by his parents George and Mary (Galligan) Smith, and his sister Dorothy A. Smith. He is survived by his sister Cynthia Pearl of Los Gatos, CA and her family.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fr. Smith will have a private funeral Mass at St. Andre Bessette Parish, at Sacred Heart Church, in Laconia, presided by the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci. There will be a Memorial Mass held at Saint Patrick Church, Jaffrey, New Hampshire at a later date when public Masses are once again allowed. The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, New Hampshire has care of the arrangements.