People in the close-knit community of Big Bear are mourning the loss of a great guy, who unexpectedly left this earth on Jan. 29, 2013.
Born on April 9, 1959, in Santa Monica, Calif., Richard had a great pleasure in telling people that while he might have been born in Santa Monica, he was conceived in Japan.
Richard was lauded by Interiors, the company where he worked for nearly a decade. Interiors posted this comment the day following his untimely death: "It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of one of our Interiors family. Richard Smith - our colleague, designer, and most of all, beloved friend - passed away suddenly on Tuesday the 29th. All of us at Interiors extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Richard's family and friends, especially to another Interiors family member, Richard's partner, Paul Nuck. We will always remember Richard's infectious laugh, sense of humor and his kindness. We are grateful that he shared his creativity, talent - and most of all, his friendship - with us for the past nine years. We love you, Richard!"
Richard is survived by son Kenny Smith (wife Katie) and his grand-daughter Raelyn Sue, was born Feb. 2, 2013. The thought of this child, which made him a Grandpa, brought so much happiness and joy to Richard. He is also survived by his brother Gary Smith and wife (Shawn) and a niece (Kara) and nephew (Blaine), brother Steve Smith and wife (Anita). Besides his entire family at Interiors, Mr. Smith is also survived by his life partner, Paul Nuck.
Richard was preceded in death by his father Nelson Smith four years ago and his mother, Ginger Smith in October of 2012.
In his youth, Richard marched with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He marched in the horn section and although he couldn't play a note, friends say he faked it very well. He later went to work for Visser's Florist and Greenhouses in Anaheim, where he worked for them as a manager for more than 20 years.
Richard moved to Big Bear 15 years ago and worked at The Emerald Forest for several years before continuing his love for design, and then landed his dream job of Interior Designing for Interiors for the past 10 years. Besides his dedication to his work, Richard was an avid gardener and will be remembered forever for his touching, infectious smile that was forever on his face. Richard was complimented numerous times for his talent and great eye for interior design, and was forever dedicated to always creating that certain look for his customers. At Richard's request, there will be no service, but a celebration of his life to honor him will be held during his favorite season of the year, Spring.
Big Bear, according to many, will feel the loss of Richard, but more personally, his partner Paul Nuck, obviously devastated at the loss of Richard, gave a final comment to his love. "Sweet Journeys, Baby!"