Stephen R. Smith
{ "" }
Share
Share Stephen's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Stephen R. Smith
Stephen Smith, an award-winning teacher in Fairfield Public Schools for more than 35 years, died October 3 in Chesterfield, MO. He was 84.
Mr. Smith taught at Grasmere School (1965-81) and Stratfield School (1981-99). He was honored as Connecticut Math Teacher of the Year. He also taught for 25 years at Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport.
Stephen Robert Smith was born July 20, 1936, and raised in Springfield, MA.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda Paris Smith; two children, Scott Smith and Lisa Smith Goodman; four grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Jackowitz; and a brother, Stuart Smith.
Donations in his honor can be made to the Fairfield Foundation for Education or the Gillette Judaic Enrichment Fund at Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Connecticut Post on Oct. 8, 2020.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
12 entries
October 14, 2020
I had Mr. Smith as a 6th grade teacher at Grasmere School 50 or so years ago and remember him as a very enthusiastic, kind and relatable mentor! One thing in particular that he taught me was basketball where I continued to love and play in High School , College and Rec Leagues til I stopped at the age of 50. RIP Mr. Smith and Thank You!
Greg Bereski
Student
October 11, 2020
Mr. Smith was my fifth grade math and social studies teacher at Stratfield School in 1989-1990. The most valuable lesson he taught me was that I didn't always need to be right, or best in class, and that making mistakes was a part of the learning process. He was part philosopher, part teacher, calm and cool-headed and his words and guidance have had a lasting impression.
Patrick Francis
October 10, 2020
Dear Linda, Scott and Lisa,
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I started teaching at Grasmere in 1970. I remember working with Steve and remember many lively discussions we had about a myriad of topics. Not always related to teaching.
He was a great asset to the teaching world. He will be missed.
Betty (Rupe) Mulholland
Friend
October 10, 2020
Mr.Smith was my 6th grade teacher at Grasmere in the early 60’s. He was original , genuine , and truly cared for us classmates as individuals. I have been living in Asia for over 40 years but can picture him perfectly out on the playground doing his best to monitor a bunch of young boisterous yong kids. Selamat Jalan, Ghuru Saya. Paul Sullivan Langkawi Malaysia
Paul Sullivan
Student
October 9, 2020
Although I never taught in the same building with Steve, I was lucky enough to be on the same bowling team one year in our Fairfield teacher bowling League.
I say "lucky" because, although I was a rotten bowler, I still had a great time that year because Steve and the rest of the team encouraged me and made me feel good about my effort. And that's the kind of guy Steve was. He made people feel good. He was loved by one and all, and his memory will be cherished. My sincere condolences to Steve's loved ones. Rest in peace Steve. You left us with many special memories.
Paula Sweeley
Friend
October 9, 2020
I had pleasure and outright fun teaching with Steve for many years at Stratfield School. We collaborated on many levels including a GE grant for math problem-solving. But that was a minor detail compared to our daily doses of puns and laughs. Rest in Peace my friend. Margo and I send our heartfelt condolences to Linda and family.
Margo and Dennis Boskello
Coworker
October 9, 2020
I taught with Steve at Grasmere my first 4 years. He was such a good teacher and role model. I learned a great deal from him. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Dorothy Williams Rodgers
Coworker
October 9, 2020
Steve and I were colleagues at Stratfield School for 6 years, my last 6 years of teaching. I knew Steve from bowling in the Teachers Bowling League together before joining the Statfield staff. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. He was a class act. He was bright, creative, glib, funny and an exemplary teacher. We very much enjoyed teaching “Family Life” together. Every day was a hoot. I fondly remember one Halloween when most of the staff, including me, dressed up as the principal’s worst nightmare - we were all pregnant. Steve was blessing us all because he was dressed as a Catholic priest, a Monsignor no less. Besides enjoying working with him as a colleague, I also enjoyed our friendship. We had many good times together.
I will fondly remember you, my long time friend. Bless you.
Joe Sabol ❤
Joe Sabol
Friend
October 9, 2020
Steve was my colleague at Stratfield School...so enjoyed him & admired his love of teaching & his professionalism..Rest in peace ,Steve..You surely left your mark on the Fairfield children you taught & mentored...
Dawn Kilbride Hogan
Coworker
October 9, 2020
Sorry to hear of Mr Smiths passing I had him when I was in Grasmere School many years ago he was one of my favorite teachers . May he RIP Joyce Wrigley
Joyce Wrigley
Student
October 9, 2020
Mr. Smith was my fifth grade teacher at Stratfield School in 1985-86. I remember so much of what he taught us that year. My thoughts are with his family during this time.
Colleen Conerty Christiansen
Student
October 9, 2020
I had Mr. Smith for 5th grade at Stratfield School for the 1985-86 school year; what an awesome teacher he was! My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

Jennifer Hochberg Toller
Stratfield School, Class of 1986
Jennifer Hochberg Toller
Student
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences