Deacon Raymond J. Smith, 85, of Hanover passed away on January 11, 2022, at UPMC Hanover after a long, hard-fought battle with various cancers.
Deacon Smith was born in Hanover to Mary Regina (Lawrence) Smith and Richard F. Smith. He attended Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown and graduated in 1954. After serving as a company clerk in the Army for two years, he attended night school at the Baltimore College of Commerce, where he received his associate’s degree in accounting. He was initially employed at Black & Decker, where he met his wife, Shirley Bosley. He later worked at Hanover Direct as a financial analyst for 37 years.
Deacon Smith was a man of deep Catholic faith and was ordained a permanent deacon in the Harrisburg Diocese on June 10, 1978. He served for more than 25 years at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Abbottstown. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover and an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus.
Deacon Smith is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley (Bosley) Smith; his sons, Michael (Nancy Dickson), Matthew (Patti Shultz), Jeremy (Brenda Miller); his daughter, Erin Putt (Chris); 11 grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; and his sister Kathryn Neiderer of Hanover. He was the youngest of eight children, and was preceded in death by siblings Robert, Richard, Harold, Donald, Vivian and Constance, as well as twin granddaughters, Hayley and Hannah Smith.
A viewing will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 6-8: p.m. at Panebaker Funeral Home in Hanover, following by recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Hanover on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.