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Richard E. Smallman, Jr.
November 21, 1933 ~ August 12, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Richard E. Smallman, Jr., 89, of West Haven, died at Connecticut Hospice surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Haven on November 21, 1933, a son of the late Richard E. and Charlotte (Stokes) Smallman. Survived by his beloved wife of almost sixty-seven years, Susann (Ferraro) Smallman; daughters Cheryl (George) Shea, Gail (Danny) Dudek, and Karen (Glenn) Lockhart; son Richard (Renee) Smallman; grandchildren Kayla, Kelly, Justin, Lyndsay, Ryan, Cody, Aaron, and Matthew; as well as three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by sister Carol Quinn.
Richard served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954, touring in Africa as well as Malta. Upon his honorable discharge, Richard joined the West Shore Fire Department in 1955. He climbed the ranks of grade within the department, appointed Fire Marshal in 1968 then Chief in 1977, for which he served until his retirement in 1981. He was a resolute member of numerous associations, committees and conferences concerning his profession, as illustrated by his proudly serving as past President of the Board of Directors for the New England Fire Marshals Association. Richard earnestly believed in civic duty and continued to serve within the Army National Guard for over fifteen years.
Richard enjoyed woodworking and making doll cradles for his granddaughters. His favorite pastime, however, was that of spending time with his family. He will remain in the hearts and minds of those he leaves behind.
Arrangements were entrusted to West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Calling hours will take place on Thursday, four to seven o’clock. His formal procession will depart the funeral home on Friday at nine-thirty, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. John Vianney Church at ten o’clock. Interment with military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.