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“Good Bye Rick, I will always remember our long walk to Flynn Jr. High, especially in the winter when we nearly froze. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Steve Kowalski - Columbia City, IN

“RIP Rick you will be missed. I know my husband has alot of cherished memories of you!! Till we meet again. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Donna Bennett - Taylot, MI

“I will always miss you my love! Love, Tammy ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Tammy Kennaugh - Warren, MI

“Its hard to believe he is gone. I have so many memories of Rick it would take hours. He had a wicked sense of humor. Anyone remember the farewell...Read More ยป
4 of 5 | Posted by: Kathy Wasen - Sterling Heights, MI

“My prayers for family and friends..Goodbye old friend.. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Taleetha Funari - Jackson, MI

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Richard Michael Smerecki, age 50 of Warren, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home. He was born September 27, 1966 in Dearborn, Michigan, son of the late Walter John Jr., and the late Brenda Lee (nee: LaDuke) Smerecki.

Raised in both Detroit and Sterling Heights, it is the latter in which Richard attended high school and was a proud graduate of Sterling Heights High School's Class of 1984. Like most of us venturing through adolescence, partying was a large part of our coming of age experiences,...of which Richard was no stranger. In fact, one of the neighborhood streets where parties were often held was called Rosebush Street, but would come to be known more famously as RoseBASH Street for obvious reasons. It was one of Richard's and his friends' favorite destinations.

Along with the party memories, telling the story of Richard compels the mention of his most passionate pastime,...his love and enjoyment of music! To be sure, we all like music. But music wasn't merely a part of Richard's life, WAS Richard's life. It pursed through every vessel of his being and was magically translated through his gifts in playing music as well as creating many of the instruments from which his music derived, his incredible guitars. Richard loved the iconic sounds that an electric guitar produced, so he poured the finer points of his artistic abilities into producing a few of his own. And what better mentor to have than one of the greatest guitarist of all, the infamous Eddie Van Halen. A fan of most of what the 80's scene gave us, especially the Hair Bands, there was never a question of where Richard's allegiances lie, but with the rock geniuses, Van Halen.

Though Richard's life was filled with many varied pastimes and things he loved to do, his matchless joys and pleasures were those found in the people that surrounded him, his beloved family and friends. From the latter who provided Richard with countless memories of laughter, life and love, the immeasurable and life-changing beauty that came to him through the gift of his precious daughter, Bridget,...the combination made for a story of love that Richard held as both treasured and blessed.

A loving father, brother, uncle and companion, Richard leaves behind a legacy of love as unique and genuine as the man who shared its wealth. He touched the hearts and lives of many along his life's journey and imparted something quite special through the music he shared. May his legacy be cherished with each reflection shared, and his memory embraced like a warm, sunshiny day. A life gone far too soon from our presence, may each remembrance of Richard quicken a tune to our hearts as he comes back eternally through the music,...always, the music!

Richard was the proud and loving father of Bridget (Jacob) McKeldey, and the beloved companion of T.J. Kennaugh. Stepfather of Anne Popeck and David Popeck. Dear brother of Ken Smerecki, Robert (Tammy Venorsky) Smerecki, and Donna Smerecki. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews,...and Burt the cat.

Memorial Gathering details will be announced soon.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd) in Warren.

Please share memories of Richard at his memory book above.