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Herbert Raymond "Smokey" Read, of Blackwood, Vietnam War Naval Veteran, Northrop Grumman Retiree

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Blackwood – On Saturday, July 24, 2021. Age 78. Smokey, as everyone knew him started his life in Portland, Oregon. He was born to the Late Herbert Read Sr. & Thelma Read on March 5, 1943. Smokey was the 3rd born child and had 6 sisters and 1 brother: Beth (late Don) Murdock, Ruthie (Jim) Hasting, Mary (Jim) Jinkins, Marlene (Tom) Hammerschith, Larry (Dottie) Read, Terri (Mike) Peterson, and the Late Barbara Ault. He was also a beloved brother-in-law to Pauline Schusko, Paul Fowler (Marge), Barbara Masiko, Marcella Stoltz, the late Charles Stoltz, John Masiko, Ray Schusko, and the late Earl (late Louise) Fowler.

Smokey retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after 30 years of service. During his military career, he had traveled the world! He crossed the Equator and has been to the Arctic circle. He liked to tell stories of his worldly travels. He served on the USS Yorktown and was a part of the recovery mission of Apollo 8. He also proudly served in the Vietnam War. Smokey moved to the East Coast in the late ’80s to find employment. He had worked for General Electric before landing a job at Lockheed Martin he eventually moved companies and worked for Northrop Grumman where he retired. Smokey didn’t retire long he went right back to work at BAE Systems where he currently worked as a Systems Engineer until his untimely departure.

When Smokey moved to the East Coast, he met the love of his life and married Geraldine J. Fowler Savidge Read in 1992. Smokey is survived by his Son Charles Read (Maria), his Step-Son Ted Savidge Jr. (Kathleen), Jodie Savidge Rusk. He was a very proud Pop Pop to 8 Grandchildren Jasmin (Robert) Perez, Brandon Read, Priscilla Read, Caleb Read, Casey Rusk (Dylan), Jered (Lexi) Rusk, Emily Rusk, and Katey Thomas. Grandbabies born to Heaven Aubrey Savidge and Baby Savidge. 4 Great Grandchildren Oasis Brooks, Emberlyn Read, Damian Perez & Maverick Rusk. He was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews on the East and West Coast.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Smokey’s viewing on Thursday, July 29, 2021, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the McCann-Healey Funeral Home: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Methodist Funeral Service 8 pm in the funeral home officiated by Pastor Bill Wilson of Chews United Methodist Church. U.S. Navy Military Honors will follow the service. Cremation and Inurnment are private at the request of the family.  

Smokey passed away peacefully at home after taking a tour of his outside paradise that he loved so much surrounded by his wife and family. We are asking anyone who would like to join us in a celebration of life luncheon to come to his home Saturday, July 31, 2021, between the hours of 1 pm – 5 pm. Please contact the family if you need any other information.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Herbert’s memory can be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation: 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306. Please write in memo: Herbert Raymond “Smokey” Read or to support the Abramson Cancer Center Development Office: 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please make checks payable to “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and please write in the memo of checks: In Memory of Herbert Raymond “Smokey” Read. Smokey was a 16 year survivor of Esophageal Cancer and these funds will support the University of Penn Esophageal Cancer Research.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.comunder the obituary of Herbert Raymond “Smokey” Read.

Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through McCann-Healey Funeral Home: Gloucester City Ph: 856 – 456 – 1142.