Lorne Herbert Smyth|
October 15, 1928 - May 23, 2014
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Lorne Herbert Smyth, a longtime resident of Santa Clara and community leader. Lorne passed peacefully in his sleep on May 23, 2014. He is survived by his daughters, Claire Smyth of Santa Clara and Karen Smyth of Mountain View, his son Kenneth Smyth of Santa Clara and Kenneth's wife Sally. His loving wife Virginia preceded him in death in 2011.
Lorne was born in 1928 in Fairport, New York. His extremely successful career in the United States Navy began in 1946 as an airman recruit. Twelve years later he became a commissioned officer after serving in the Korean War and prior to serving in the Vietnam War. His fleet experience included service in many communities within naval aviation. During his last assignment at Moffett Field, he served with patrol squadrons VP-50 and VP-31. He retired in 1976 with the rank of Commander.
Santa Clara was his home after retirement, and where he led the Northside Residents' Association. For many years he represented his neighborhood's needs at city council meetings and during elections. He proudly made a difference in the lives of others. He was also appointed to the Citizen's Advisory Committee that helped secure the purchase of the Great America amusement park by the city in 1985. Lorne later became a board member for the Mission City Community Fund, an organization supporting Silicon Valley non-profits. In 1998 they awarded him with the prestigious Austen Warburton Community Service award for his leadership and service.
Lorne's post-retirement career was as a realtor at Santa Clara Realty. In 1993, Lorne was elected president of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. He was also a life member of VFW Post 3982 and the Peninsula Retired Military Officers Association. In addition to a lifelong passion for stamp collecting, Lorne had many friends in Santa Clara who enjoyed his sense of humor and greatly respected his commitment to helping others.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA, at noon on June 20, 2014. There will be a post-service reception for family and friends immediately following at the Historic Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the
or the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 14, 2014