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FRANCIS W. K. "FRANK" "BILL" SMITH

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FRANCIS W. K. "FRANK" "BILL" SMITH Obituary
SMITH, Francis W. K. "Bill" "Frank" Beloved father, husband, grandfather, dedicated town leader and well-known Cambridge Real Estate attorney passed away on February 15, 2013 at 85 years of age. A Lexington resident since 1955, Frank was married to the late Jacquelyn R. Smith, former Chair of the Lexington Board of Selectman. He leaves behind his son Dwight Fraser of Jamaica Plain; his son Frank Smith of Lexington and his wife May Pian-Smith; and his daughter, Laurie Smith Peck and her husband Donald Peck. He had four grandchildren, Ben Smith, Jade Smith, Andrew Peck, and Amanda Peck, all of Lexington. Frank grew up in Somerville and graduated from Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School. He ran his own law practice - Bicknell & Smith - for 50 years in Boston and Cambridge. Lexington is graced with beautiful parcels of conservation land and open space throughout the Town thanks to Frank's legal guidance as a Conservation Commission Member for over 20 years. Frank also served as a Lexington Town Meeting Member for over 26 years and a member of the Board of Appeals for 15 years. He and his wife, Jacquie, were active members of Hancock Church during the 1950's and 1960's. Frank was a member of the Tandem Club, Men's Club and was the Sunday School Superintendent. Frank loved their family farm in Warner, NH, where he gardened and raised goats, chickens and horses. Frank always made time to give back to his community as a leader in a number of civic organizations. Frank was the past president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge and also a three time Paul Harris Fellow with 35 years of perfect weekly meeting. He was a Past President of the Lexington Chapter of the John Abbott Lodge; Trustee of the Somerville Home for the Aged; Director of Cambridge Visiting Nurses Association; Director of the Friends of the Cambridge Council on Aging; and Director of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. Frank valiantly lived with Parkinson's Disease for the past 16 years and regularly participated in the Unity Walk in NYC to raise money to find a cure for this debilitating condition. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 16 at Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Frank's name to the Rotary Club of Cambridge, P.O. Box 410347, Cambridge, MA 02141. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington 781-862-1800

Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 3, 2013
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