William Smith Jr.

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    - Mike Driver
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    - Kathy Smith Fowler
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BAYONNE, N.J. - William E.L. Smith, Jr. "Tad", 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at his home, with his loving family by his side. William was born in Radford, Virginia and has been residing in Bayonne since 1988. He attended and graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He was active duty in the U.S. Army for over 23 years, where he achieved the rank of Major. He was also a professor at Seton Hall University. He taught Junior ROTC at Irvington High School for over 18 years. Beloved husband of Judith Smith; devoted father of Kayla McCoy and her husband Matthew, Kenny Smith, and Sarah Jude Smith. He was the adoring grandfather of: Mackenzie Smith, Kenneth Smith, William Scott Giuliano, and Phillip Edwin McCoy; loving brother of Doctor John Walton Lee Smith and his wife Suzanne, Leigh Anne Smith Collins and her husband Mark, and the late Doctor Robert R.L. Smith and his living wife Lisa; cherished son of the late Mildred Pearl (Nee: Bright) and William Edwin Lee Smith, Sr.; dear brother-in-law of Esther Smith and her husband Dave. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews; dear friend and "brother" of S.F.C. Harvey Craig; faithful companion, his dog Brandy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing on Thursday, October 20th from 4-9 PM at the G. Keenen O'Brien Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C, Bayonne. Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, October 21 at 10:30 AM at Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich Parish at Saint Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Bayonne. Interment to follow, Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Room 1509, New York, NY, 10018. (envelopes will be available at the funeral home) Arrangements by: G. Keenen O'Brien Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C, Bayonne (201) 339-0220


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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2016
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