OBITUARIES: Smith, Richter

Charles E. Smith (1939 – 2014)

ELIZABETHTOWN—Charles E. Smith, 75, of Elizabethtown, Essex County, formerly of Hudson, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

He was born March 1, 1939 in Craryville, the son of the late George and Mabel Smith.

He worked at L & B of Hudson and for many years at The Freeman Press in Albany.

Mr. Smith loved spending time with his family and friends and he enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.

Survivors include: two sisters, Eleanor and Shirley; sons, David (Cindy) Smith and Ricky Smith; two daughters, Kim Smith and Sandy Smith; step-children, Kathy (Paul) Hanway, Cindy (Jerry) Pulsifer, Beverly Pulsifer, Tim (Becky) Pulsifer, Bill Pulsifer, Robin Merrill, David Gough, Sheri Dominy, Dawn Roberts and Shirley Mae (Jason) Mabb; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley A. Smith; a brother, Gerald (Jerry) Smith and sister, Barbara Russo.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown, Saturday September 20, 1 to 3 p.m. with services at 3 p.m.

Donations in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Allan Richter (1966 – 2014)

SELKIRK—Allan B. Richter, age 48, of Delmar passed away suddenly, Monday, September 8, 2014.

He was born in Queens, August 2, 1966.

He lived in the Capital Region most of his life, the last 18 years he resided in Delmar.

After attending Ichabod Crane Central School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1992. Over the last 20+ years he worked at GE Global Research Center and earned a BS degree from SUNY Albany.

Mr. Richter, or “Al” to many, had varied interests and belonged to the Albany Yacht Club, South Albany Airport, AOPA, Ski Venture and the GE Veterans Network. He married Tami Richter, a woman with a fun, adventurous spirit to complement his own, July 20, 1996. He ran many Marine Marathons, half marathons and triathlons and was also a life-long skier. Mr. Richter was an avid, self-taught sailor and could often be found with family and friends at his favorite destination, Nantucket, MA.

Loving adventure, he was a skilled commercial pilot and licensed flight instructor. When Mr. Richter decided to try a new hobby he would dedicate himself wholeheartedly to perfecting it including flying, sailing, dirt biking, trap shooting and cigar smoking.

Many have said that he “never met a stranger he didn’t like.” He was a loyal friend, maintaining friendships for decades, while building new ones with everyone he met. His most treasured moments were spent with his beloved children, who were also his favorite co-adventurers.

Loving husband to Tami Richter for more than 18 years; beloved father to Reese and Jillian; devoted son to Judith Richter and D. Steve Rahmas; son-in-law to Karin and William Benedict; devoted brother to Kate (Donald) Brass; brother-in-law of Timothy (Lori) Benedict; uncle of Garrett Benedict; loyal friend, colleague, flight instructor and support to many.

A memorial service was held at the W.J. Lyons, Jr., Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, Saturday, September 13. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to, are encouraged to make a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project in Mr. Richter’s name or to the Allan B. Richter Memorial Fund to benefit the Richter family c/o TD Bank, 343 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 12054 Make checks payable to the: Allan B. Richter Memorial Fund.

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