WALLINGFORD - Donald Williams Smith, 85, peacefully departed this life on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jane (Bunnell) Smith.
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He was born March 6, 1929 in New Haven, a son of the late J. Gerald and Evelyn (Williams) Smith.
He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served aboard the USS Sarsfield. Prior to retirement, he had been a foreman at Pratt & Whitney, and an employee of the former Dime Savings Bank.
Donald served as the chaplain of American Legion Post 187, was a member of the Wallingford Senior Center, and had been a long-time, active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Wallingford. He enjoyed travel and had visited many countries.
In addition to his wife, he will be sadly missed by his children, Susan (Andrew) Bravo, of Wallingford; Kristine (Jimmy) Gonzalez, of Hartford; Evelyn (James) Wyskiel, of Middlefield; and Diana Smith, of Natick, Mass.; his grandchildren, John (Melissa) Adams, of Milwaukee, Wis.; Kathleen Adams, of Wallingford; and Alexander Wyskiel, of Middlefield; his step-granddaughter, Kayla Gonzalez; a brother, Gerald (Lucy) Smith, of North Canton, Ohio; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Allen Smith; and his nephew, Mark Smith.
Friends may call on Tuesday, August 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm St., Wallingford. A funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wallingford. Interment with military honors will be held at the Northford Cemetery.
It is suggested that contributions in his memory be directed to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; or to the
, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. The family would like to thank the hospice team from Masonicare Home Health and Hospice for all of their compassionate care. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.BCBailey.com.
B.C. Bailey Funeral Home
273 South Elm Street Wallingford, CT 06492
Published in The Record-Journal on Aug. 3, 2014