Frank S. Smith
1935 - 2020
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Frank S. Smith

Melrose - Frank S. Smith, of Melrose, MA passed away on June 23, 2020, at age 84. Beloved husband of Alice (Whitcher) Smith with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Devoted father of Rachel Smith and her companion, Sean Hughes, of Canton, Emily Smith-Sturr and her husband, Ted, of Melrose, Ben Smith and his wife, Bunny, of Colchester, CT, and Matt Smith and his late wife, Sheila, of Shrewsbury. Dear brother of Judith Kinner and her husband, Linus, of Milton, VT, and the late J. Lynwood "Woody" Smith, Jr. and his late wife, Linda. Cherished grandfather of Holly, Johanna, Charlotte, Isaac, Nicholas, Amanda, Thomas, Daniel, and Ryan. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Frank was a highly respected Civil Engineer for nearly 40 years at New England Electric System. He oversaw and passionately devoted his time and energy to various large and small engineering projects from power plant construction to relaying power internationally. He was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Cambridge for many years where he served in nearly every capacity from Sr. Warden to Treasurer to Altar Server. Frank also established CommonCare Meals, an outreach ministry offering community meals twice a month for those in need.Due to public health restrictions, services are private. A Celebration of Life will be announced in the future when all may gather to honor and remember Frank. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's name can be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA or Episcopal Relief and Development. For online tribute, or to express your condolences please visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.




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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 7, 2020
His life is a testament to the power and inspiration of kindness in this world. May his memory continue to bless all who knew him.
Jonathan Radtke
Friend
July 2, 2020
Dear Alice,
I am so very sorry to learn of Frank's recent death. Please know that I hold you close in my heart and prayers.
Your friend, Katherine Mitchell
Katherine Mitchell
June 30, 2020
One of my best memories from my time at NEES was working on the permitting of a number of projects with Frank. Always the consummate professional and gentlemen. Patient, caring, and a pleasure to work beside.
I'll have a mass said for him; it's the least I can do.
Respects to the family on this great man's passing.
Paul Richards
Paul Richards
Coworker
June 30, 2020
Dear Ben, Rich and I are very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May our Heavenly Father put his loving arms around you and give you peace at this most difficult time. God Bless, our prayers are with you.
Richard & Lori Gamache
Friend
June 30, 2020
Thank you, members of Frank's family, for allowing others to observe the service. It was wonderful to hear his family talk about him, and to share a last prayer.
Anne Dane
Friend
June 30, 2020
Knowing Frank through Saint Peter's has been a blessing. His quiet dedicated service in the church, and his enormous contribution to helping the hungry through Common Care, as well as his personal kindness, have been a steady inspiration. Thank you, Frank. It was truly wonderful knowing you, I am among many at Saint Peter's who will miss you sorely.
Anne Dane
Friend
June 29, 2020
As a relatively new member of the Saint Peter's community within the past year, I certainly didn't get to know Frank nearly as well as many other parishioners. That said, it didn't take very long being around Frank to realize that he was special. A man filled to the brim with love and genuine compassion for others. A true disciple of Christ, I believe. My first time volunteering for Common Care, Frank immediately sought me out to learn my name (which he never forgot from that day forward, greeting me each Sunday in church thereafter). This past December, he asked me if I'd like to help with lighting the advent wreath. Being relatively new to the Christian faith, I was hesitant, worried that I'd "do something wrong," so I politely found some excuse to decline. He could have easily left it at that, but--sensing my apprehension--he asked me whether I'd be interested in lighting the candles the following week. He recognized my discomfort and simultaneously respected those boundaries but also found a way to make me feel comfortable in this new community. The following week, I lit the candles with Frank by my side, feeling like I had actively played a role in our community worship. It's an incredibly small act of kindness in the scope of all the things Frank accomplished in his life, but it's something that will stick with me.
Connor McCann
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
Prayers are with you and the Saint Peter's community. Frank was an incredible companion on the path of faith and love of God, and God's people! Parker Gallagher
T. Parker Gallagher
Friend
June 28, 2020
To Frank's family: Frank was the sponsor I chose for my baptism at St. Peter's Episcopal in 2014. Of everyone I knew in the congregation, I felt most comfortable with him, which is a testament to his friendly and warm demeanor. I will never forget the delicious communion bread that made my first Eucharist so special (I have never found a comparable substitute for that bread!). I was so blessed to have Frank by my side as a newly bapitzed Christian, and as a community leader in that church. I will always remember him as a holy man who I am grateful to have crossed paths with. Sending you all my prayers and love during this time.
Amulya Mandava
June 28, 2020
Dear Alice, Emily, Ted, and Isaac and all members of the Smith family--We are sending our condolences, prayers and love to you. Frank was the leader of my (Lisa's) discernment committee, which was a life changing experience and I will never forget the importance of his faithfulness, and guidance of me during those first steps into my journey as a priest. He was one of the most faithful and generous of heart people we have ever known. We loved him very much, Lisa, Michelle and Alex (Porche-Fortuna family)
Lisa Fortuna
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dear Alice Please accept my condolences to you and family.Frank was a wonderful person we did a lot of things together at St Peters and he taught me a lot he left a huge void which i think cannot be filled he will always be remembered stay strong and God bless
Alvin Lindo
Friend
June 27, 2020
Deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Smith family. As a college friend of Emily's I will always remember how welcome Frank made us feel, especially when we could not get home to our own families for holidays. Frank welcomed us with a smile and a meal and made us feel that we were part of the Smith clan. There was always room at the table for everyone. He was a true and shining example of what a father can and should be and he will live on forever in hearts and memories of all of us whom he touched with his generous and kind spirit.
Wendy Perrotta
Family Friend
June 27, 2020
Dear Alice, Emily, Ted, and Issac and all members of the Smith family. We are so sorry for your incalculable loss of this wonderful man who served his family and his community and church so well and faithfully. His easy kindness was such an example of love, love we see in you all following in his path. Love, Eileen, Mariel and Eliana
Eileen Sweeney
Friend
June 27, 2020
Dear Emily, Isaac and Ted, and the rest of Frank's family. We are so sorry for your loss. Though I didn't personally know Frank well, I see his presence, soul, spirit and humanity in you, my dear friend Emily, his daughter. Please know that we are thinking of you through this difficult time. Love, Lisa, Jim, Ben, Teddy and Julianna Walsh
Lisa Ferrante-Walsh
Friend
June 27, 2020
Alice and Family: So sorry to learn about Frank. It's so difficult to face
these things as we get older. And we keep getting older!
Sincerest condolences. Elaine McSweeney, Florida
June 27, 2020
Alice and family, Jeneva and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you and wishing you the best.

Stu and Jeneva Burroughs
Stuart Burroughs
Friend
June 27, 2020
We were very sorry to read about Frank's passing. Our hearts and love go out to the whole family. May you all find peace and comfort.
Barry and Theresa Pease
June 27, 2020
Dear Emily, Isaac, Ted, Alice, and all members of the Smith family, We are so sorry for your loss. Emily, your dad was a wonderful, accomplished, and most importantly, caring man --traits he truly lived out every day of his time here. He left all of us an inspiring example of how to be a decent human being. We grieve with you, and know that there is unbearable heartache right now, but pray that you will find strength in one another in the coming days and weeks. We await the days ahead when we can all gather and we can offer our hugs and friendship in person. Much love to all of you from, Meg and Tom Bridge and Family
Meg and Tom Bridge
Friend
June 27, 2020
Judy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Peace be with you.

(From days as a Shelburne resident)
Marie Collette Boisvert
June 27, 2020
Emily and Isaac, please know that I am thinking of you at this time and praying that you will continue to feel your dad's/grandfather's spirit with you. I only met Frank a few times but I could tell how much he loved his family. His obituary reveals what a full life he led. Thank you for sharing those details. May he rest in peace, and may you know of God's abiding love for him and for you both.
Becky Taylor Taylor
Acquaintance
June 26, 2020
So sorry to learn of Frank's passing. We knew him through St. Peter's and he was the alter-server at our wedding. I remember how happy he was that we asked him, and we were so honored that he would take part in our special day. He was a kind, gentle soul and he will be missed.
Kerri and Kevin DeWolf
Acquaintance
June 26, 2020
You were the model of the dad I'd have wanted had I had the choosing. What an arrival you must be having in heaven!
Sue (Cravo) Rains
Family Friend
June 25, 2020
Frank was a giant. He will be missed so much at St. Peter's. I don't know what we'll do without him at Common Care, but we will keep it up for him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lindy Noecker
Friend
June 25, 2020
Very sorry that such a gentleman has passed on to his lasting home.May God comfort your family until you meet again.Mary Gulya.
Mary Gulya
Acquaintance
June 25, 2020
I was sorry to hear of the passing of the father of my friend and neighbor Ben Smith. This is a great blow to his and the extended Smith family. My condolences to all.
Alphonse Letendre
Friend
June 25, 2020
Dear friends of many years, Judith and I mourn with you in this sad time of Frank's death. You will miss him terribly and we will too. At the same time, although he has passed through a door in the eternal life which for each of us and him began at birth, we will continue to know him as we have for these many years. As a clergy poet once put it, "Whatever we were to each other, we still are." May the Almighty continue to bless you in this life and beyond.
Warren & Judith Radtke
Family Friend
June 25, 2020
Dear Alice and family, I was shocked to hear about Frank's passing. I saw him, last, when I played at St. Peter's some years ago. Please know that Frank and all of you are in my prayers. He will be so missed. Peace and Love, Andy Castiglione
Andrew Caatiglione
Family Friend
June 25, 2020
To Emily and Family, My condolences on your loss. I wish to offer this Irish Blessing to you and yours: "Death is a heartache no one can heal; Love is a memory no one can steal. Keep your loved one, Frank, close in your heart and he will always be by your side." May God bless you and yours with strength, comfort, and peace during this difficult time. Very respectfully, James Quinlivan and Family
James Quinlivan
Coworker
June 25, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about your father's passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy.
Jeff Dudek
Coworker
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