Richard S. Smith

February 15, 1931 - November 01, 2018

Richard S. Smith

February 15, 1931 - November 01, 2018


Richard (Dick) Slater Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 15th, 1931 to Archibald and Esther (Woody) Smith. After attending Central Chattanooga High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for 4 years. During this time, he met and married Carol May Clapp and they shared 66 wonderful years together.

Dick worked at Beneficial Finance Company for 9 years and for Northwestern Commercial Bank for 27 years and completed his career at the bank.

Dick was always involved with volunteer activities in the Bellingham community. He was a member of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce; served as president of various committees for the American Cancer Society; The Lion’s Club, Boy Scouts, and others. He was affiliated with the Birchwood Presbyterian, acting as deacon.

Dick is predeceased by his parents, and sister Helen Bailiff.

Survivors include his wife Carol; sister Francis Boyce of San Diego, CA; sons, Rick (Betsy) and Jim; and his daughter, Kristi Baklund (Mark); grandchildren include Tami Hager, Jay Baklund (Kalli), Cameron Henton, Alethea Roach, Danny Schmidt, Meredith Orr; great-grandchildren include, Ashley and Markus Hager, Kyrin and Maris Baklund, Aidan, Porter, Charlie, and Henry Roach; great-great-grandchildren include Kyler and Cora Hager.

Thank you to the compassionate caregivers from Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Signature Home Health, Whatcom Hospice, and the Hospice House for the excellent and compassionate care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Whatcom Hospice or a charity of their choice.

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 1:00PM at Moles Farewell Tributes Greenacres (5700 NW Dr. Ferndale, WA 98248).

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: November 6, 2018 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Moles Farewell Tributes - Greenacres
  • Location: 5700 Northwest Dr Ferndale, WA 98248 - (Get Directions)

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6 responses to Richard S. Smith

  1. Carol and family, so sorry for your loss of Dick recently. Lots of fun memories of time spent with Dan and Lulu. May your memories help sustain you in these difficult times.

  2. Rich and I are deeply saddened by Dick’s passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. Dick always made us feel welcome at family events. His smile was the first thing you would see when you entered the room. His family obviously was the light of his life. He will be missed.
    Rich & JoLeigh

  3. Carol and family,We are so very sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. Our sincere sympathies to you and to all the family. Nita and Dave

  4. Jim Myers says:

    Carol, I’m so sorry to see this, I wish I had known so I could attend the services. He was a wonderful man. I remember when I was in Leavenworth once and found a table I wanted to buy but didn’t have the money so I called the bank and asked for him. He was a bit shocked to hear me but he had money transferred to my checking so I could buy the table, which I still have.
    Jim Myers

  5. My heart goes out to you and your family Carol. Dick will be missed but remembered lovingly by you all. Love, Phyllis

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