Smith, Cyril " Smitty", JR. Cyril "Smitty" Smith, Jr., 88, of Northford, loving husband of 62 years to Shirley Maureen Blake Smith, passed away June 4, 2013. Smitty was born in Hartford on April 23, 1925, son of the late Cyril and Helen Lowry Smith. He graduated from St. Joseph's Junior High School in 1940 and from Weaver High School in 1943, then served in the United States Air Corp during World War Two. After the war, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Yale University in 1949 and became a licensed architect in 1948 prior to graduation. After graduating from Yale, he joined the structural engineering firm of Henry A. Peisterer and then D.C. & M Architects. With Henry F. Miller, he designed St. Augustine's Catholic Church in North Branford. In 1963, Smitty opened and operated his own Architectural firm in Branford until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of the Connecticut Society of Architects, and was a committee member of the American Institute of Architects in Connecticut. He joined the North Branford Town Commission in 1958 where he served as member, secretary and chairman, respectively until 1970. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three loving daughters, Pamela Beth Smith (Larry Rapoport), Lisa Alexandra Brown and Kimberley Ellen O'Connor (Patrick). Smitty loved his family and was especially proud of his six grandchildren, Caitlin, Cameron, Elizabeth, Jack, Kylie and Sean. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, James Brown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, North Branford. A private burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at Keenan Funeral Home, 330 Notch Hill Road, (Rte. 22 So. at Rte 80.), North Branford, from 5-7 pm on Friday. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.keenanfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Animal Haven, 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT.
Published in The New Haven Register on June 6, 2013