Richard Smith McVay

Richard Smith McVay

July 30, 1952 - January 11, 2011

Richard Smith McVay

July 30, 1952 - January 11, 2011


Richard Smith McVay, born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 30, 1952 died unexpectedly on January 11, 2011. He was living in Laguna Niguel, California where he had resided for 33 years. A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Business, he had worked for Pioneer, Maxell and most recently Sony from 1999 to 2009.

Richard loved sports as a teenager. He loved swimming and played both football and baseball. He spent many hours with his brother playing burnout. Richard also was an incredible mechanic in his younger years. He built many muscle cars with his brother Tom. Richard loved music. He loved many different genres and spent many hours listening, mixing and recording music. His favorite bands were the Allman Brothers and Led Zepplin.

Richard was a devoted son to his mother, a wonderful brother, a devoted friend, and a fun loving uncle. He loved spending time with his mother more than anyone. He recently moved his mother from Kansas City to Aliso Viejo so he could make sure she was taken care of. He was loved by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held for Richard at Laguna Hills Chapel on Thursday, January 20, at 1:00pm. Richard is survived by his mother, Harriette Smith McVay of Aliso Viejo, his brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Tina McVay, one nephew, Matt Marks, four nieces, Taylor Bell, Katherine McVay, Michelle McVay and Nicole McVay, all of Asheville, North Carolina, an uncle, Elmo Burkhardt of Quincy, Illinois, an aunt, Lou McVay of Loveland, Colorado and a cousin, Jeff McVay of Greeley, Colorado.

Richard is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Emil McVay, uncle, Bill McVay, an aunt, Alice Burkhardt, and cousin, Barbara Burkhardt.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Richard’s name to a charity of your choice.

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8 responses to Richard Smith McVay

  1. Jeff McVay says:

    Richard was a cousin, my best friend and the brother I never had….

    “Memories are bright stars in the dark night of sorrow…”

    Jeff McVay

  2. Debra Baker says:

    Caring thoughts are with your entire family.

  3. I knew Richard for 35 years. We worked in the same industry and even with the same employer twice. We traveled, vacationed and partied together. We strategized together. We shared the same passion for good music. Richard was truly like the brother I never had. I will miss him dearly.

  4. Richard was a mentor, friend, co-worker and a top notch individual to me. Working together at Sony, we shared many great memories including attending an Eagles concert, many nights of conversation while he sipped on his drink of choice “crown and a bucket”. He stood for integrity, utmost professionalism and accountability. We’ll all miss you buddy and even though you are gone, you’ll never be forgotten! Love ya bro! Dougie Fresh

  5. Richard was my husband’s dearest friend. We loved having Richard come to visit and stay with us. It was always exciting news to hear, “Richard is coming to town”. Our son adored him and always looked forward to seeing him. When Richard came to stay, it always meant at least two visits to Babe’s Fried chicken….and it was always full of laughter! We love you and will miss you Richard!

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