Richard passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends in Christchurch, on May 30th, 2023, aged 64 years. Richard was a respected and cherished husband and soul mate of Paulette; treasured and nurturing father of Timothy, and Jessica. Born in Balclutha as the youngest child of the late Charles (Charlie) and Gertrude (Trudi) Smaill, much loved brother of Eleanor, Charles, Ainslie, Roger, and the late Geoffrey. A valued brother-in-law, uncle, and cousin to his extended family. The family would like to thank all those involved in Richard’s life over the years. Messages may be addressed to The Smaill Family, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. In lieu of flowers donations to the NZ Spinal Trust would be appreciated and can be made directly at: nzspinaltrust.org.nz. A Service to celebrate Richard’s life will be held in our Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Christchurch, on Wednesday, June 7th at 2.00pm. The service will be livestreamed for those not able to attend, please reach out to the family for details.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice, it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”