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Charles J. Smith

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88, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Lakes Region General Hospital, in Laconia. Mr. Smith was born on June 30, 1919, in Newark, NJ. He was a resident of Concord, NH for the past 4 years. Prior to this, he resided in Massachusetts. He was accepted in Juilliard School of Music in New York. As a young man he toured with the original broadway cast of Porgy and Bess. When the show closed he went on to audition as a percussionist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was accepted. In the summer, the symphony performed in Tanglewood. For over 50 years, he performed with the Symphony and travelled worldwide, where he met many other musicians from all over the world. Mr. Smith also spent many years teaching at Boston University. At age 70, he retired and moved to New Hampshire to be closer to his family. He also played with the Boston Pops and was well known as the musician who played the typewriter piece. Members of his family include; his wife of 62 years, Josephine (Paladino) Smith, of Concord, NH; 3 daughters, Joanne Mallove, of Bow, NH; Diane Lipowski, of Massachusetts; Suzanne Howard, of Mendham, NJ, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Services: A memorial gathering will be Wednesday, July 2, from 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover Street, corner of Union Street, in MANCHESTER. A memorial service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 10:00 AM. It has been suggested that those who wish may make memorial gifts to The Alzheimer's Association, 1 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110, in memory of Mr. Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Manchester, NH. Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium Manchester, NH (603) 625-5777
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