Edward F. Smith
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DURHAM - Edward F. Smith, 95, died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Ed was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Edward and Josephine (Kleinschroth) Smith. He was a graduate of Oceanside High School, Oceanside, N.Y., and a 1942 graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He served from 1943-1945 as a captain in the U.S. Army with the 554 Quarter Master Railhead Company in the European Theatre of Operations. While stationed in England in preparation for the Normandy Invasion, he met his future wife, Mary Hartnett, who was serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps with the 52nd General Hospital. They married in 1946, found a home in Valley Stream, N.Y. and later in Garden City, N.Y. and were the proud parents of six children.
Ed's professional career as a CPA and financial administrator included service with Haskin's & Sells, New York University, Pace University, City University of N.Y., Adelphi University., and finally, at the University New Hampshire System where he served as vice chancellor.
His musical life started in high school and while in college he drummed for a swing band to earn extra money. This avocation continued throughout his life and eventually led to a long stint as drummer with The Memorial Bridge All-Stars Dixieland Jazz Band. Ed was also a member of the Seacoast Jazz Society. An avid golfer, Ed was a member at the Cochecho Country Club and could still be found on the links into his mid 80s.
The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff at the Mark Wentworth Home in Portsmouth and the staff in the ER and on Shoals Three at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital for the wonderful care that Ed received.
Family flowers only, memorial donations may be made in Ed's name to the Seacoast Jazz Society, PO Box 49, Durham, N.H. 03824
He is survived by one sister, Agnes of California; his children, Paul of Westbury, N.Y., Ellen Borghoff of Eliot, Maine, Daniel of Wayne, N.J., Thomas of Orange, Calif., Terry Smith-Faulkner of Eliot, Maine, and Jonathan of Concord, Mass., and their spouses. Included in his family are 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
His wife, Mary, and two sisters, Grace and Priscilla, predeceased him.
Per Ed's wishes, there will be no visiting hours. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. Thomas More Church, 6 Madbury Road, Durham, N.H. with Fr. Andrew Cryans officiating. Arrangements are under the directions of Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover, N.H. To sign our online guest book, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com.
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Published in Fosters from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26, 2013
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