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Henry J., dead at 88, on Sunday July 7, 2013. Devoted husband of Dorothy L. (Otto), for 65 years. Dedicated father of four, Colonel John M. Smith, US Army, and his wife Julia, Barbara S. Farrell and her husband Thomas, Commander Michael J. Smith, US Coast Guard, and his wife Catherine, and Joanne M. Vanak and her husband Commander Thomas, US Coast Guard. Proud grandfather (affectionately called "Pa") of fourteen, Jake, Luke and Zack Smith, John Henry and Barbara Leigh Farrell, Max, Mollie, Moria, Maggie, Matteson, McHale Smith and Jill, Jeff and John Vanak. Great-grandfather of four and loyal friend to many.
"Smitty" was a US Navy veteran serving in the Mediterranean Theatre during WWII. A Bogota Police Officer for over 38 years retiring in 1988 as Chief of the Department. Loyal member and past president of PBA Local 86. Member of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association. Henry (Hank) volunteered in the Englewood Hospital Emergency Department for over 20 years and was honored as 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Devoted parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bogota. Henry loved model ship building, golfing, and counted cross stitch.
Memorial visiting at Petrik Funeral Home, 140 Palisade Ave., Bogota on Tuesday from 4-8 PM. All will meet at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 115 E. Ft. Lee Rd., Bogota, on Wednesday at 9:45 AM, for the Memorial Mass at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Tomorrows Children's Fund, 30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Petrik Funeral Home
140 Palisade Avenue Bogota, NJ 07603
Published in The Record/Herald News from July 8 to July 9, 2013