Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear of dicks passing, we work together at Smith Kline for 20 years. He was always A great friend and will be missed. We had some great times together. Pete and I will always think of dick as the Mood shirt Garu, inside joke. Rest in peace dick you were the greatest. Bob Cuffy Phair

Posted by Bob, Cuffy . Phair - Waterville, ME   November 21, 2018

My heart broke upon reading this. I'm in South Burlington now, and thought I'd call Dickie to talk about Notre Dame and the football season. Dick and Jimmy helped me so much when I was in college across the lake at Plattsburgh where they would go to bet the horses. I stayed in touch with each until they passed. They felt like family and I always will remember the laughs and stories that Dickie told me about his youth and athletics.Could someone from the family send me an email and tell me if Dick is buried nearby so I can go and pay my respects and pray?Jimmy and Dickie added a lot to my life and I will never, ever forget them.Michael Pawluk

Posted by Michael Pawluk - Saratoga Springs, NY   September 05, 2018

You were a very special person that will be greatly missed by family,friends, teammates , and the players you coached. The Breakfast Club just won't be the same without your always effervescent participation. God Bless You Coach Smullen.

Dan Ryan

Posted by Dan Ryan - Burlington, VT   July 23, 2018

RIP, Dick.

You enhanced my life and taught me many valuable life lessons while playing many rounds of golf with you at BCC in the 70's & early 80's.

Enjoy the fairways of heaven while kibitzing with your long gone friends of yesteryear.

Joe Prairie

Posted by Joe Prairie - New London, NC   July 23, 2018


Katy and family,

I am so sorry for the loss of such a great man. Richard "Dick" Smullen was bigger then life, he touched so many. Although he is gone from out sight he lives on through our hearts. He will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

Posted by Christina Campo - Ft. Lauderdale, FL   July 20, 2018

My condolences to Rosemary & family. You will always have an angel watching over you. RIP Dick.

Posted by Cookie Manning - Burlington, VT   July 19, 2018

To the entire Smullen family my deepest condolences. it was great having Dick, Rosie and the entire Smullen clan living across the street. I always had a chuckle when my Mom would tell me that Dick called to discuss a local political happening or a big sporting event. Hopefully Dick can say Hi to Norb and Cassie now that they are together. Sorry for your loss and always remember the good times.

Posted by Mike Crouchley - Essex, VT   July 19, 2018

Mike, I am deeply sorry to read about the loss of your dad, Dick. To me he truly had a 'larger than life' persona. Seeing him at our SK&F meetings was always terrific. His contagious and upbeat personality lifted the spirits of everybody in the room. And, he always, but always, had something going on. The stories, all true, would fill a book. I remember him coming up to me and saying Scott "How much pressure can helium take before it explodes?" I just looked at him sort of stunned. Well it seems he had had a recent discussion with some friends and Dick said that he could still kick a 50 yard field goal (Notre Dame days). They didn't believe him so a small wager was made. The kick was going to happen the Saturday after our meeting. Upon reflection, being 48 at the time, he thought he should take out insurance - adding some helium to the ball. Only Dick!
Mike, again my deepest condolences for the loss of one wonderful guy.

Posted by Scott Mosher - Auburn, NH   July 18, 2018

I enjoyed every minute spent with Dick. He was such a super individual. I appreciated him coming to Williston years ago to instruct my Babe Ruth team in how to play better baseball. The biggest piece of advice was to always hustle--you never know whom is watching you. And, I love his story about facing Jackie Robinson as a teenager--with the Hall of Famer giving him advice on how to defend against fast baserunners like himself.

Posted by Michael Benevento - Williston, VT   July 16, 2018

Cindy and family,
Though it has been many years since I've seen you, my heart and thoughts and sincere condolences go out to you and your family for your dear loss.
Kim Auer

Posted by A friend   July 16, 2018

I was so sad to hear of Mr Smullen's passing - I have so many happy memories of time spent in the Smullen household - and Mr Smullen was such a big part of those memories. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the entire Smullen family. He was truly a great man and will be missed.

Posted by Jona (Mower) Moughty - Branford, CT   July 16, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Smullen family. Mr. Smullen was a wonderful man.

God Bless

Posted by Paul Leavitt - South Burlington, VT   July 16, 2018

To the Entire Smullen Family,
I am So Sorry to hear about Mr Smullen.
From the Northend Little League thru High School he was a Great Mentor.
I had the Pleasure a few months ago to visit with him and share stories and laugh together several times.
One of the Greatest Men I have ever met.
My Deepest Sympathy to you All.
Duke Davis

Posted by James Davis - Essex Jct, VT   July 16, 2018

Posted by John Cowan - malakoff, TX   July 16, 2018

With sympathy to his family, I remember Dick as a most personable and dependable pharmaceutical representative many years ago.

Muriel Farnsworth

Posted by A friend   July 16, 2018

I have so many great memories of having the Smullen family across the street growing up, what a wonderful family. Heaven has gained another angel and they will love having him as we all did here on earth, bless you Mrs Smullen, Kathy, Cindy, Barbara and Michael and family

Patti and Dick Heavner

Posted by Patti Heavner - Richmond, VT   July 16, 2018

Thank you for sharing such an incredible man with all of us here at UVMMC. He was a very special man and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to spend time with him listening to his stories and enjoying his laughter. May your memories give you strength in the days ahead.

Posted by Amy Lumsden - Georgia, VT   July 16, 2018

Kathy and family, so very sorry for the loss of this giant man in your lives. Keep peace in your hearts...

Darlene Mercier

Posted by Darlene Mercier - Alburgh, VT   July 16, 2018

My heart goes out to the entire Smullen family. Along with my Dad , Mr. Smullen taught me how to pitch starting at the age of 7. When I saw him through out my life he was always positive and seeing if he could help me in any way. I do know this for a fact he will be missed by all that he helped through out his journey!

Posted by Don Longe - Scottsdale, AZ   July 16, 2018

This man made me laughand I mean belly laugh. He was the connsumate storyteller (mood shirts I will never forget) and the webs he weaved could only belong to him, as he explained his different exploits in baseball and dating Rosie. I am richer in heart from time spent with Dick. RIP my friend, your pal Joy

Posted by joy morrell - watebury center, VT   July 16, 2018

While I wasn't a regular part of the coffee club, whenever I did visit, Dick always made me feel like I was. His smile, humor and love toward me was genuine and real. And the best part was that he treated everyone that way. The respect, consideration and encouragement that he gave to me was and is one of the greatest gifts I've ever received. I'll always be grateful for our friendship.
I love you Richard ("Dick") Smullen! ❤

Posted by Steve Milizia - South Burlington, VT   July 16, 2018