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Robert W. Smith

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Robert W. Smith 1929 - 2009 BENNINGTON Robert W. Smith, 80, of Anthony Drive died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at his home. Born in Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 28,1929, the son of Raymond and Elizabeth Norcross Smith, he was a 1952 graduate of Norwich Military School in Northfield. In addition to Norwich, he was a graduate of Iowa State University, where he was a member of the football team. Following graduation, the Korean War was escalating and he entered the Army, serving in Germany, where he was a Tank Unit Commander. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1956. Mr. Smith had worked in marketing and sales throughout his life for Boeing Airlines, Perkin and Elmer and Yarday in Pawcatuck, R.I., from which he retired. He was married to Patricia Norman on Dec. 15, 1990, in Puerto Rico, where they lived for over 11 years aboard a houseboat with their dog, Harold. In addition to boating, he enjoyed watching football games. Besides his wife, he leaves sons, Douglas Smith of Puerto Rico, Donald Smith of Sarasota, Fla., and Duncan Smith of Illinois; a daughter, Kim Stokien of Chicago; Patricia's children, Daniel Sharp of Central Village, Conn., Darren Sharp of Shaftsbury and Deborah Ekenbarger of Willington, Conn., and as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be today, Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m. at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor John Goyette of Green Mountain Christian Center presiding. Burial with full military honors will be Friday, May 22, at 9 a.m. at the Massachusetts Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts be made in his memory to the in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com
Published in Bennington Banner on May 21, 2009
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