Smith-McCracken Funeral Home

63 High St., Newton, NJ


Richard T. Derbyshire III

April 1, 1944July 24, 2020

Richard T. Derbyshire III, 76, of Stillwater Township, died Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Newton Medical Center.

Richard was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and was a long time Sussex County resident. He was a member of Steamfitters Local 638 in Long Island City for 27 years. Richard also worked as a School Bus Driver for Sussex County Technical School for 20 years prior to his retirement in 2017. He was a volunteer for the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Company since 1985 and was their treasurer for 25 years. In his younger years, Richard worked alongside his father in building the Twin Towers in New York City.

Richard was predeceased by his parents, Richard T. II and Florence (McGuire) Derbyshire; and his sister, Denise Derbyshire on March 29, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Valerie (Martin) Derbyshire; his children, Kelly Boyle of Montverde, FL, Patricia Kean of Forest City, NC, Nancy Derbyshire of Somerville, NJ, and Richard T. Derbyshire IV of Stillwater, NJ; and his seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. A Graveside Service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Stillwater Cemetery, Maple Lane, Stillwater.

Memorial Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Inc., 929 Stillwater Rd, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.


  • Richard T. Derbyshire II, Father (deceased)
  • Florence (McGuire) Derbyshire, Mother (deceased)
  • Denise Derbyshire, Sister (deceased)
  • Valerie (Martin) Derbyshire, Wife
  • Kelly Boyle, Daughter
  • Patricia Kean, Daughter
  • Nancy Derbyshire, Daughter
  • Richard T. Derbyshire IV, Son
  • 7 grandchildren

  • Stillwater Volunteer Fire Department


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020


Richard T. Derbyshire III

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Carl and Rose Hooey

July 28, 2020

Dearest Val, Rich and Nancy,
Our family was so sad to hear that Rich had passed. Our memories of him always was a wonderful father and husband. He was kind and always enjoyed being in his presence. God bless him and know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Carl and Rose Hooey
Corinne and Annelise