Richard P. Szmyr


Richard P. Szmyr, 80, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Born in New York, NY on February 6, 1939, he was the son of Stephen and Joanna Szmyr. He raised his family in Scotia before settling in Ballston Spa.

Richard was proud of his accomplishments in the printing industry. He melted uranium and ran two successful businesses. Seeking security for his family, he entered into a career as a correctional officer for the State of New York at Greene Correctional Facility, where he retired with 18 years of service.

He was proud of and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed taking day trips with his wife, the love of his life, and daily walks with his dog, Georgie. Richard touched many lives with his generosity and love of life.

Richard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sandra and their children, Tina Haldeman (Jerry), Christi Cash (Joe Mazza), Donna Moran (Peter), Darlene Nichols (Jason), Richard Szmyr, and Christopher Szmyr (Heather); grandchildren Patrick (Allison), Emily, Caroline, Jakob, Hailey, Grace, Lucas and Max; great grandchildren Rylan, Kevin and Claire; brothers Stephen Szmyr (Ellen), Raymond Szmyr (Elizabeth), and Darryl Keane (Karen); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, August 2 at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 1 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Richard may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Guest Book

The Fobare Family

Time goes by so fast. Sending our Love and Prayers.

Wayne & Margie Filutowski

A great man with a kind soul. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace dear friend.

Tammy & John Hubert

Sorry for your loss

Maxine Stoner

I will always remember Dick as funny and kind. He would always include me as part of the family. Loving thoughts for the Smyzr family. I know he will be deeply missed.

Marilyn Martin

I was so sorry to hear this.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marty and Stuart Lazarus

We are thinking of you with saddened hearts and hope all the wonderful memories help with your grief.

Jason Burns

My condolences and sympathy to Mrs. Szmyr and the entire family. You will be missed but not forgotten. Will never forget the times and good memories over at Red Oak growing up down the road. You raised a great family and have a lot to be proud of, and remembered for. Thoughts and prayers are with you now.

Jackie Macomber Galusha

Sandy may your wonderful memories of Richard be a comfort to you and your family in this most difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Barbara Adams

Gail and I send our deepest sympathies to you, your Mom and the rest of your lovely family. May he rest in peace. Hugs

Bob Barile

Sandy and family so sorry to hear about Rick. Prayers for you and your family. I am happy that we spent time in Florida a few years ago with you both. Chuck and his wife also. I had many talks with Rick and enjoyed every one. Most of them in Stewarts which we all called the office. I have no words. Prayer and good thoughts for you all.

Wade Carter

Had coffee with Rich almost daily at Stewarts.Will miss our chats and sharing of ideas.R.I.P. Richard.

Stephen Szmyr Jr.

Sending many prayers and great thoughts. All our love.
Steve and Kim Szmyr.