Richard J. Smith, 85, Dexter

DEXTER, NY — Richard J. Smith, 85, Dexter, NY, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, from an automobile accident occurring the previous Monday.

Surviving the accident is his wife, Julia Smith. Mrs. Smith is currently a patient at River Hospital in Alexandria Bay.

Richard was born March 9, 1937, in Watertown, NY, the son of James Smith and Vena Hutchinson Smith. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1955, Richard served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959, returning to his home in Watertown, NY.

Richard worked as a truck driver for several local trucking companies, retiring from Teal’s Express in 1999.

Richard and his wife, Julia, were married at the Emmanuel Church on June 7, 1969. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage, traveling and attending several NASCAR races and N.Y. Yankees games.

Surviving, besides his Wife, is a Stepson, Mark Reed, Darlington, S.C., and his nephews, Dennis, Darren, and George Smith.

Services are incomplete at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, pending his wife’s hospital release.

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