Richard B. Smith, 89, city butcher and grocer

December 27, 2004

Richard B. Smith, a longtime butcher and grocer in East Baltimore, died Friday in his sleep at his Bel Air home. He was 89.

One of 13 children, Mr. Smith attended Polytechnic Institute until his father's death forced him and his older brother to leave school to support their family. He was 15 at the time.

Mr. Smith was trained as a butcher. He owned and operated Smith's Meat Market on Jefferson Street in East Baltimore, employing several relatives, until his retirement in the mid-1980s, said his son, William Smith of Monkton.

As a businessman, his son said, Mr. Smith embodied the traits of honesty and integrity.

"He understood what it was to be from a humble beginning," William Smith said. "Sometimes people didn't have the money to pay for the groceries. He'd just keep track of it in a book and they'd pay when they had the money. You can't do that at Giant today."

He married Mary Bosse in 1951. The couple moved to Bel Air about 1970.

A service will held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Schimunek Funeral Home, 610 W. Macphail Road, Bel Air.

In addition to his son and wife, he is survived by a daughter, Barbara Gunzelman of Bel Air.

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