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EAST KINGSTON - Richard A. Smith, Sr., 90, died September 3, 2010, at Exeter Hospital, after a period of declining health.

Mr. Smith was born on November 21, 1919 in Wakefield, MA, a son of the late Frank Q. and Elizabeth (Rennie) Smith.

Mr. Smith was raised in Wakefield, MA. He graduated from Wakefield High School and then from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMASS Amherst. He moved to East Kingston in 1940 after purchasing the Smith Farm. Richard married his childhood sweetheart, Eva (Sampson) Smith, in 1946, and the couple settled on the farm in East Kingston to raise their family.

He was a founding member of the East Kingston Volunteer Fire Association and was an integral part in the construction of the firehouse. He was a volunteer firefighter and left the department as Deputy Chief. Richard served as the Town Fire Warden for many years, chairman of the planning board for 35 years, a devoted member and trustee of the East Kingston Community Methodist Church, past master of the Wingold Grange and a member of the State Farm Bureau. He received the New Hampshire Municipal Association Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001 for his many contributions to the East Kingston Community.

Above all else, Richard loved his family and particularly enjoyed the many visits to his daughter's island in Pine River Pond in Wakefield. His interests included boating and fishing. His greatest passion was his farm. He began as a dairy farmer and after 46 years shifted to raising hay and vegetables. He loved working his gardens. In 2007, working with the town, a conservation easement was procured which will protect his beloved farm in perpetuity.

Survivors include Eva, his loving wife of 64 years; his sons, Richard Smith Jr. of East Kingston, Herbert Smith and his wife Marian of Exeter, and Ronald Smith of East Kingston; his daughter, Jan Smith of East Kingston; his grandsons, Jeremy Smith of Exeter and Christopher Smith of Denver, CO; and his great granddaughter Jenna Marie Smith. He was predeceased by his brothers, Arthur and Francis Smith and his sister, Elizabeth Green.

A celebration of Richard's life was held on September 12, in the East Kingston Methodist Church. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's name to the East Kingston Methodist Church, 34 Depot Rd., East Kingston, 03827, or to the East Kingston Volunteer Fire Association, PO Box 171, East Kingston, NH 03827. An online guestbook is available at www.StockbridgeFH.com.
Published on  September 16, 2010
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