Frederick Ralph Smith

04/15/1948 — 07/13/2002

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Frederick Ralph Smith

After an 11 month struggle with lung cancer, Frederick R. Smith passed on to his reward in Heaven on Saturday, July 13, 2002.

Fred was born to Marion and Ralph Smith on April 15, 1948, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He lived and grew up in Applesbacksville, Pennsylvania, a small burg close to Quakertown, where he graduated from high school in 1966. Fred graduated from Penn State University after completing 3 years of service in the U. S. Army.

He met and married Judie, the love of his life, while at Penn State. Fred and Judie were late blessed with the joy of their lives, their son, Tony.

Fred worked for Baltimore County as a recreation leader until he joined United Engineers and Constructors in 1977 in Philadelphia, PA. He transferred with the company, then known as Raytheon Engineers and Constructors, to the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Project in 1997. He proudly worked with his dedicated co-workers and friends in the Human Resource Department at the project until he became too ill to work on a daily basis.

Fred was preceded in death by his mother, Marion. He is survived by his loving wife and son, Judie and Tony, as well as his father, Ralph, stepmother, Yvette, brothers, Tom, Jerry and Donald, sister, Jeanne, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Richland.

Fred has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in his name to purchase a sound mixing board for the Academy of Children’s Theater. Participants of ACT can use and benefit from this gift. Donations may be mailed directly to ACT, P O Box 1192, Richland, WA 99352. Fred supported the academy in life and hopes his circle of loved ones, family members, relatives, co-workers and neighbors will support this effort.

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  • Julie and Tony, family and friends,

    I met Fred over the phone at work. I was very impressed with his knowledge and caring attitude. I considered him a business friend, even though we never met face – to – face.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. It is so hard to lose a loved one. May the memories that you built over the years help you through these tough times and God’s love bring you peace.

    Sincerely, Carol Day

    Carol Day
    November 4, 2014
    Boise, ID, US
  • Fred and I met as a result of our sons’ friendship. Fred and I share a great love of nature and of fishing. We also share that love with our sons. There is nothing like sitting on a fishing bank watching God’s world unfold in all its splendor except to experience it with a good friend. The last thing Fred requested of me is that I catch the rest of the fish. I’ll try, and it will be enjoyable because Fred will always be there with me.

    Bob, Mary, Daniel, and Bennett Rieck
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • Fred was the best boss I every worked with.

    He was a good friend to me. I will miss his

    calls at the office as well as at home. We shared

    many years of service in Human Resources.

    Fred was a very caring special person, always

    checking on all his friends. May God grant him

    eternal rest. His pain & suffering is now over.

    God Bless Judy & Tony.

    Linda Taylor

    Linda D. Taylor
    November 4, 2014
    Princeton, US
  • Our deepest sympathies to Judie and Tony and the rest of Fred’s family… we share your loss.

    I first met Fred when I interviewed for a job at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Facility. I was struck by his calm and soft-spoken demeanor, friendly smile, and twinkling eyes. Over the next few years I had many HR dealings with Fred’s assistance. His incredible mix of a personal touch, professionalism, and enthusiasm helped me through some difficult times as a manager dealing with my staff.

    He was a kind and gentle man whom I considered a friend… I am honored to have known him and am privileged to have worked with him. To me, he personifies the following:

    People may not remember what you said and they may not remember what you did; but they will always remember how you made them feel.

    Go with God, dear friend.

    Judy and Henry Booth
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I have know your husband for over 20 years working in the Phila. office. Fred opened his office to everyone, he always took the time to listen and give guidance. He surely will be missed by everyone.

    Thinking of you and your family. In the loss of Fred there is little words can do, but knowing others care somehow may help to confort you.

    Teddy

    Theodora Teddy
    November 4, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA, US
  • For Judi and Tony and the family and friends of Fred; May God, who has given your loved one sweet joy and peace at last, renew your strength, console your heart, and surround you with His love. With Sympathy, Jeff King

    Jeff King
    November 4, 2014
    Denver, CO, US
  • Fred was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Sibyl Patterson
    November 4, 2014
    Birmingham, AL, US
  • In behalf of Fred’s colleagues in human resources at Washington Group Int’l, please accept our condolences. Fred was a jewel at work and at play.

    ted vermaas
    November 4, 2014
    boise, ID, US
  • Our sympathies to Fred’s family. I met Fred, as a co-worker, in 1996 when he came to Birmingham to help Rust become a part of Raytheon. He was help when we needed help. Working with him has been an honor and a pleasure. The world still needs more folks like Fred. Thank you.

    Michael McDaniel & Family
    November 4, 2014
    Leeds, Alabama, 35094, USA
  • Judi and Tony,

    I was so happy that I got the opportunity to share with Fred and you some of his “first-ever” salmon. That is the memory that I’ll keep on Fred.

    Jack

    Jack Kopko
    November 4, 2014
    Springfield, PA, US
  • Dear Judie and Tony,

    My mother and I extend our deepest sympathies. You both will never be far from our thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Moore
    November 4, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA, US
  • I had the priviledge of working with Fred the first 18 months down at the Umatilla Depot. Fred was always so very pleasant to work with. My thoughts and prayers have been and are with you now. I know that your faith will help you get through this difficult time and your fond memories of Fred will make you smile again.

    With deepest sympathies,

    Pat Davison & family

    Pat Davison
    November 4, 2014
    Stanfield, OR, US
  • Judie and Tony – We want to extend our sympathy and we hope that the comfort of friends and family will sustain you.

    Karen, Tom and Zach Morales

    The Morales Family
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • What can we say? No words will ever adequately describe the kindness, gentleness and agape love embodied within and demonstrated every minute by Frederick R. Smith – my manager, my mentor – our dear and precious friend. Judie, whenever you feel alone, or begin to falter, know that Fred’s arms are wrapped tightly around you and will comfort you and hold you up through the hard times. Tony, you were are the light of your Dad’s life, and as long as you keep smiling, and give of yourself sincerely, you will honor his memory, and his specialness will always be a part of you. Fred – “May your ABUNDANT SPIRIT bloom in fragrant PEACE and radiant JOY.” Until we meet again!

    Allyson and Rick Dennis
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • May the comfort and support of those who love you, along with the memories you hold, give you strength .. With sincere sympathy…

    Sharon Mulder
    November 4, 2014
    Pine, Bluff, AR, US
  • Do not stand at his grave and weep.

    He is not there, he does not sleep.

    He is a thousand winds that blow.

    He is the softly falling snow.

    He is the gentle showers of rain.

    He is the field of ripening grain.

    He is a bird in circling flight.

    He is the star shine of the night.

    He is in the flowers that bloom.

    He is in a quiet room.

    He is in the birds that sing.

    He is in every lovely thing.

    He is a fish in deep blue creek.

    He is the snow on a mountain’s peak.

    Do not stand at his grave and cry.

    He is not there, he did not die.

    Friends for life and beyond. We’ll miss you terribly, but wish you well in your new life. See you someday!

    Tom,Sue,Alison,John,Mark
    November 4, 2014
    Ellicott, City, MD, US
  • Dearest Judy:

    I was very sad to hear about Fred as he was a very special person.

    I was lucky to have had him as a Boss and friend.

    I admire you and Tony for the love and endurance you both had for Fred supporting him through his illness and always

    being there for him.

    May your inner strength continue as you go throught these difficult days.

    All my love,

    Jackie

    Jackie Pagli
    November 4, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA, US
  • Dennis and I are both deeply shaken by Fred’s death. We never saw him ill, so the Fred we remember was vibrant and healthly. Our most heartfelt sympathies to Judie and Tony. We have many great memories of the times we spent together. He was a terrific guy, loved and respected by family and friends.

    Barbara Ray
    November 4, 2014
    Kimberton, PA, US
  • Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will always remember both of you and the great times at PSU. I felt blessed to have met you both through John when you were all going to college here at Penn State and will always cherish the good times we had. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult period.

    John & Helen Bish
    November 4, 2014
    State, College, PA, US
  • Dear Judie,Tony and Family. Please accept our sincerest sympathy at this difficult time. A note to Fred: God saw that you were tired; and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away; although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stop beating; hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the BEST!! Will miss you dear friend and boss. Joan, Neil and Lauren

    Joan Furman
    November 4, 2014
    Glenolden, PA, US
  • Dear Judie & Tony: This was a wonderful way of touching base with you and seeing Fred in his life pictorial. He will be missed greatly by our family. We were just talking about the fun times you let us share with you at the shore. You were always so generous with your time, and family. We also have pictures of the bat in your back yard that Fred had found. Do you remember it. Teeth glaring and wings spread. His craftmanship is still standing in your old back yardl the jungle gym that Nick and all the kids in the neighborhood enjoyed. Since you have moved, no one has taken care of your home the way that he did. The neighborhood has suffered from that lack of care. He was like Bob, always outside, working in the yars. He was always friendly and good natured. We wish you two the very best that we can. We are here if you need anything at all. Love Janice & Family

    janice pizzuto
    November 4, 2014
    sicklerville, NJ, US
  • Almost two years later I finally can bring myself to say Goodbye to Fred, my good friend and mentor. You were the best. Rest peacefully on the bank of a freshly stocked fishing pond up there….

    Andrea Wojnarowicz
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Julie and Tony, family and friends,

    I met Fred over the phone at work. I was very impressed with his knowledge and caring attitude. I considered him a business friend, even though we never met face – to – face.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. It is so hard to lose a loved one. May the memories that you built over the years help you through these tough times and God’s love bring you peace.

    Sincerely, Carol Day

    Carol Day
    November 4, 2014
    Boise, ID, US
  • Fred and I met as a result of our sons’ friendship. Fred and I share a great love of nature and of fishing. We also share that love with our sons. There is nothing like sitting on a fishing bank watching God’s world unfold in all its splendor except to experience it with a good friend. The last thing Fred requested of me is that I catch the rest of the fish. I’ll try, and it will be enjoyable because Fred will always be there with me.

    Bob, Mary, Daniel, and Bennett Rieck
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • Fred was the best boss I every worked with.

    He was a good friend to me. I will miss his

    calls at the office as well as at home. We shared

    many years of service in Human Resources.

    Fred was a very caring special person, always

    checking on all his friends. May God grant him

    eternal rest. His pain & suffering is now over.

    God Bless Judy & Tony.

    Linda Taylor

    Linda D. Taylor
    November 4, 2014
    Princeton, US
  • Our deepest sympathies to Judie and Tony and the rest of Fred’s family… we share your loss.

    I first met Fred when I interviewed for a job at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Facility. I was struck by his calm and soft-spoken demeanor, friendly smile, and twinkling eyes. Over the next few years I had many HR dealings with Fred’s assistance. His incredible mix of a personal touch, professionalism, and enthusiasm helped me through some difficult times as a manager dealing with my staff.

    He was a kind and gentle man whom I considered a friend… I am honored to have known him and am privileged to have worked with him. To me, he personifies the following:

    People may not remember what you said and they may not remember what you did; but they will always remember how you made them feel.

    Go with God, dear friend.

    Judy and Henry Booth
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I have know your husband for over 20 years working in the Phila. office. Fred opened his office to everyone, he always took the time to listen and give guidance. He surely will be missed by everyone.

    Thinking of you and your family. In the loss of Fred there is little words can do, but knowing others care somehow may help to confort you.

    Teddy

    Theodora Teddy
    November 4, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA, US
  • For Judi and Tony and the family and friends of Fred; May God, who has given your loved one sweet joy and peace at last, renew your strength, console your heart, and surround you with His love. With Sympathy, Jeff King

    Jeff King
    November 4, 2014
    Denver, CO, US
  • Fred was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Sibyl Patterson
    November 4, 2014
    Birmingham, AL, US
  • In behalf of Fred’s colleagues in human resources at Washington Group Int’l, please accept our condolences. Fred was a jewel at work and at play.

    ted vermaas
    November 4, 2014
    boise, ID, US
  • Our sympathies to Fred’s family. I met Fred, as a co-worker, in 1996 when he came to Birmingham to help Rust become a part of Raytheon. He was help when we needed help. Working with him has been an honor and a pleasure. The world still needs more folks like Fred. Thank you.

    Michael McDaniel & Family
    November 4, 2014
    Leeds, Alabama, 35094, USA
  • Judi and Tony,

    I was so happy that I got the opportunity to share with Fred and you some of his “first-ever” salmon. That is the memory that I’ll keep on Fred.

    Jack

    Jack Kopko
    November 4, 2014
    Springfield, PA, US
  • Dear Judie and Tony,

    My mother and I extend our deepest sympathies. You both will never be far from our thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Moore
    November 4, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA, US
  • I had the priviledge of working with Fred the first 18 months down at the Umatilla Depot. Fred was always so very pleasant to work with. My thoughts and prayers have been and are with you now. I know that your faith will help you get through this difficult time and your fond memories of Fred will make you smile again.

    With deepest sympathies,

    Pat Davison & family

    Pat Davison
    November 4, 2014
    Stanfield, OR, US
  • Judie and Tony – We want to extend our sympathy and we hope that the comfort of friends and family will sustain you.

    Karen, Tom and Zach Morales

    The Morales Family
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • What can we say? No words will ever adequately describe the kindness, gentleness and agape love embodied within and demonstrated every minute by Frederick R. Smith – my manager, my mentor – our dear and precious friend. Judie, whenever you feel alone, or begin to falter, know that Fred’s arms are wrapped tightly around you and will comfort you and hold you up through the hard times. Tony, you were are the light of your Dad’s life, and as long as you keep smiling, and give of yourself sincerely, you will honor his memory, and his specialness will always be a part of you. Fred – “May your ABUNDANT SPIRIT bloom in fragrant PEACE and radiant JOY.” Until we meet again!

    Allyson and Rick Dennis
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • May the comfort and support of those who love you, along with the memories you hold, give you strength .. With sincere sympathy…

    Sharon Mulder
    November 4, 2014
    Pine, Bluff, AR, US
  • Do not stand at his grave and weep.

    He is not there, he does not sleep.

    He is a thousand winds that blow.

    He is the softly falling snow.

    He is the gentle showers of rain.

    He is the field of ripening grain.

    He is a bird in circling flight.

    He is the star shine of the night.

    He is in the flowers that bloom.

    He is in a quiet room.

    He is in the birds that sing.

    He is in every lovely thing.

    He is a fish in deep blue creek.

    He is the snow on a mountain’s peak.

    Do not stand at his grave and cry.

    He is not there, he did not die.

    Friends for life and beyond. We’ll miss you terribly, but wish you well in your new life. See you someday!

    Tom,Sue,Alison,John,Mark
    November 4, 2014
    Ellicott, City, MD, US
  • Dearest Judy:

    I was very sad to hear about Fred as he was a very special person.

    I was lucky to have had him as a Boss and friend.

    I admire you and Tony for the love and endurance you both had for Fred supporting him through his illness and always

    being there for him.

    May your inner strength continue as you go throught these difficult days.

    All my love,

    Jackie

    Jackie Pagli
    November 4, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA, US
  • Dennis and I are both deeply shaken by Fred’s death. We never saw him ill, so the Fred we remember was vibrant and healthly. Our most heartfelt sympathies to Judie and Tony. We have many great memories of the times we spent together. He was a terrific guy, loved and respected by family and friends.

    Barbara Ray
    November 4, 2014
    Kimberton, PA, US
  • Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will always remember both of you and the great times at PSU. I felt blessed to have met you both through John when you were all going to college here at Penn State and will always cherish the good times we had. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult period.

    John & Helen Bish
    November 4, 2014
    State, College, PA, US
  • Dear Judie,Tony and Family. Please accept our sincerest sympathy at this difficult time. A note to Fred: God saw that you were tired; and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away; although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stop beating; hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the BEST!! Will miss you dear friend and boss. Joan, Neil and Lauren

    Joan Furman
    November 4, 2014
    Glenolden, PA, US
  • Dear Judie & Tony: This was a wonderful way of touching base with you and seeing Fred in his life pictorial. He will be missed greatly by our family. We were just talking about the fun times you let us share with you at the shore. You were always so generous with your time, and family. We also have pictures of the bat in your back yard that Fred had found. Do you remember it. Teeth glaring and wings spread. His craftmanship is still standing in your old back yardl the jungle gym that Nick and all the kids in the neighborhood enjoyed. Since you have moved, no one has taken care of your home the way that he did. The neighborhood has suffered from that lack of care. He was like Bob, always outside, working in the yars. He was always friendly and good natured. We wish you two the very best that we can. We are here if you need anything at all. Love Janice & Family

    janice pizzuto
    November 4, 2014
    sicklerville, NJ, US
  • Almost two years later I finally can bring myself to say Goodbye to Fred, my good friend and mentor. You were the best. Rest peacefully on the bank of a freshly stocked fishing pond up there….

    Andrea Wojnarowicz
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • What a blessing and priviledge it was to have known and worked with Fred. He was one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever known. Judie and Tony – my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Susan Ash
    November 4, 2014
    Hermiston, OR, US
  • Dearest Judie,

    There are no words to convey the depth of our sorrow, not only at your loss, but ours. Though Margit only knows what I have told her of you, she feels as if she has known you for years. She was faithful to pray for Fred, as well as for you and Tony, every day during the ordeal, and she cried with me at the final news. As for me,

    some of the fondest memories of my life include you, Fred, and Tony. The times we spent together, though few and often far between, were filled with sunshine and pleasantries. It will be some time before I come to realize that this is really happening, It just won’t seem right to speak of Judie, without saying Fred and Judie.

    I can only take solace in the thought that Fred is romping with the angels, and has no more pain or sorrow.

    May God give you comfort.

    We love you

    Clayton ans Margit Blackwell
    November 4, 2014
    Cincinnati, OH, US
  • My heartfelt condolences go out to Judie and Tony. Their loss is beyond words. I know that Fred’s strength will help them get through this.

    Fred was my friend, a friend like no other. No matter what trouble or problem he had, he always wanted to know how I was doing and what he could do for me. Even when Fred became so ill, he still told me whatever help I needed, he was there for me. Like I said, there was no other friend like Fred. I know Fred is at peace now, fishing every day and doing more catching than fishing.

    Pete Varrone
    November 4, 2014
    St., Augustine, Florida, USA
  • Fred truely touched my life.

    Fred was my mentor, coach, friend and now my angel.

    I thank the Lord for letting Fred be a part of my life.

    God bless Judy and Tony.

    Joe Van Thuyne
    November 4, 2014
    Broomall, PA, US
  • Judi & Tony,

    Audrey & Kathy have told me that Fred was a wonderful man & how he loved to fish. I wish I could have met him. I recently retired as the Human Resources Manager from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & I know Fred & I could have shared some good HR stories.

    When God created man, He blessed him with a memory and I am sure you will hold on to your many years of wonderful memories and I pray God’s love will sustain you.

    Your cousin in Oklahoma,

    Brenda Tyler

    Brenda Love Tyler
    November 4, 2014
    Oklahoma, City, OK, US
  • Mary and Bennett enjoyed going to the ACT Theater presentations and watching Tony’s productions with Fred and Judy. Fred was proud of Tony’s accomplishments and it showed through his support. Even to the last presentations of the Dinner Theatre Fred was a trooper and attended to support his son. We enjoyed experiencing Tony’s accomplishments and Fred’s pride in his son made it all the better.

    Bob, Mary, Daniel, Bennett Rieck
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • As one who came to the family under strange circumstances I fondly remember the short time my son and I had with Fred and the family. It was obvious to anyone who ever saw them together that Fred was a loving and devoted Husband and Father. Find us a good fishing spot in Heaven so we can spend some more time together.

    Darryl Gassaway
    November 4, 2014
    San, Diego,, CA, US
  • Judie and family,

    You are in my heart and prayers. I will always remember Fred and the brightness he brought to me during his treatments. I tell people about Freds’ “chemo shirt” especially when they show up in turtle neck sweaters. Bess you.

    Connie Achord RN

    Connie Achord
    November 4, 2014
    Burbank, WA, US
  • We have fond memories of Fred!

    Judie & Tony are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bill & Rose Staab
    November 4, 2014
    Ellicott, City, MD, US
  • We continue to think and pray for you. We’ll always remember Fred as one of our most fun-loving PSU friends.

    Tom and Darlene Dufalla
    November 4, 2014
    McMurray, PA, US
  • Judie and Tony – Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss of Fred. You know better than anyone Fred was a super person and will be missed by all who knew him.

    Tony & Elaine Scarpino
    November 4, 2014
    West, Chester, PA, US