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- - Harold G. Smith (89) died on April 12, 2018 at his home in Jupiter, Florida after suffering a brief illness. Harold was a native of Matawan, New Jersey and lived most of his life in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. He attended Matawan High School where he was an honor student and a three sport all state athlete including the varsity quarterback for its football team which won the State Championship in 1945. Harold attended Rutgers University on a football scholarship as quarterback. While at Rutgers, he became a commissioned officer in the United States Army through the ROTC Program. Upon graduation in 1950, he was called to active duty in the Korean War. In Korea, he served as a 1st Lieutenant and led a recoilless rifle platoon on the 38th Parallel. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in combat. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, Harold attended law school at New York University where he was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he served as a Clerk to Hadyn Proctor, the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Upon completing his clerkship, Harold joined the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Perth Amboy. Harold rose to prominence as an attorney and became a partner of the Wilentz firm in 1968. Harold remained a partner at the Wilentz firm for the remainder of his legal career until his retirement in 2005. As part of his legal career, Harold served as Township Attorney for Old Bridge Township and also, as attorney for the Old Bridge Township Board of Education. He was a founding member of the Middlesex County Young Democrats Club and remained active in local politics and charities throughout his life.

Harold is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lillian; his three children, Bruce, Scott and Gregg Smith, and by five grandchildren, Cari, Nick, Seamus, Maya and Finn. He is also survived by his sister, Louise Martin; his brother, Robert Smith; and his sister, Nancy LaPella.

Funeral arrangements are private. Condolences may be sent to Lillian Smith at 500 South U.S. Hwy 1, #102, Jupiter, Florida 33477. Donations may be made to Trustbridge at trustbridgefoundation.org in memory of Harold G. Smith.
Published in Asbury Park Press & Home News Tribune on Apr. 13, 2018
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