Richard J. “Smokey” Rabideau

Richard J. “Smokey” Rabideau Sr.

Morrisonville � Richard J. “Smokey” Rabideau Sr., 83, of Route 22B, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at the CVPH Medical Center, surrounded by his children.

He was born in Cadyville on Oct. 31, 1921, the son of Nelson and Julia (Shapell) Rabideau.

Richard married the former Rita Duso in 1942 at St. James Church in Cadyville; she died in 1981.

Mr. Rabideau was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in the European Theatre.

He worked for Bay View Dairy for 35 years, retiring in 1975.

He was a fiddle player for 76 years and played with the “The Green Mountain Boys,” “Smokey and The Sunset Ramblers,” “The Cold Brook Ramblers,” and the “RSVP Kitchen Band.”

He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 20 in Plattsburgh and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309 in Peru.

Richard received numerous awards for his music, including a New York Assembly Citation, the RSVP Kay Sciole Award and the Thomas J. Fallon Senior Citizen’s “Mule Skinners” Award.

Survivors include three sons, Ken Rabideau and his wife Jan of Plattsburgh, Richard Rabideau Jr. and his wife Lora of Port Richey, Fla., and Wayne Rabideau and his wife Joann of Keeseville; six daughters, Mrs. William (Janet) Quick of Plattsburgh, Mrs. Richard (June) Hart of Keeseville, Mrs. Michael (Jane) Watts of Plattsburgh, Mrs. Cliff (Joan) Torrance of Plattsburgh, Mrs. Patrick (Julie) Wardynski of Ellenville and Mrs. Paul (Jackie) Martinez of Monroe; one sister, Mrs. Ross (Hilda) Bouyea of Plattsburgh; his companion, Eunice LeClair of Plattsburgh; 33 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

One son, Gary Rabideau; three grandchildren, William Quick Jr., Wendy and Heather Rabideau; two brothers, Everest and Leonard Rabideau; and one sister, Lauren Rabideau, all died earlier.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Keeseville. Burial will be at a later date in the parish cemetery.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the FitzPatrick Cancer Center.


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