Richard E. Smith
“A Man is Judged By His Deeds Not by His Words”. With his compassion, warmth and sense of humor, Mr. Richard “Dick” Smith exemplifies this famous proverb. Dick’s automobile and memorabilia collection provide a glimpse into this wonderful man.
Dick’s career started with U.S. Army as Second Lieutenant, followed by an education at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science then an internship at Army Grave Registrations. Retiring as a Captain, Dick and his wife Donna started a successful funeral home and cemetery business.
Dick’s sense of civic duty also did NOT stop with the Military. He is very active with various law enforcement groups including the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff and Santa Clara County Sheriff Advisory Board. In addition, Dick has been a member of Sunnyvale Rotary Club for 45 years and served as President for three different terms.
Perhaps the rarest of his entire collection is the 1917 hand carved REO hearse, believed to be one of only three registered in the US.
The following vehicles as well as Dick’s impressive collection of Sports Memobillia can be viewed as the famous “Dick’s Mancave” at San Jose, California: