Montville - Robert W. Smith, 89, of Uncasville, died unexpectedly at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
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He was born on Dec. 29, 1923, in Parryville, Pa., to the late Howard and Mary (Brown) Smith.
On June 7, 1946, he married his beloved wife, Dorothy (Wendt), at their home in Uncasville. She predeceased him in August of 1991.
Mr. Smith graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1946 (Class of 1947), and served from 1946 to 1967. His last duty station while on active duty was at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London as its comptroller. He then worked as the financial director of the City of New London for 19 years and, upon retirement from that position, went on to hold the same position, as finance director, with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe for five years.
He was an original member of the Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority Board of Directors from when it was founded in the mid 1960s, going on to serve for more than 30 years. In addition, his service to the community included a term on the Montville Board of Education, however, he was most proud of being a charter member of the Montville Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow Service Award.
He was a golfer and as his daughter, Julia, neared 10 years of age, his father-daughter time consisted of teaching her the game. He was in all matters a true gentleman and will be missed by many.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Julia Traver; a brother, Rev. Richard Smith of Florida; a sister, Elaine Heintzelman of North Carolina; cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Robin Smith, DVM, and his granddaughter, Verity Traver.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Broadway, Norwich. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
, St. Mark Lutheran Church, or The Nature Conservancy.
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Published in The Day on Mar. 6, 2013