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Hugh David Smith


Hugh David Smith, born in the Bronx, NY., he has been a resident of Plainfield for 30 yrs. Mr. Smith was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for 12 yrs and sang in the choir . He was employed as a nursing assistant at Lyons VA hospital for 20 yrs. A member of AFGE Local #1012, democratic committee member ward #2 Distric 7. Mr. Smith was also an avid photographer and a lover of music and poetry.

Predeceased by his parents, Aaron and Elizabeth Smith; brother, Aaron Smith Jr., he is survived by his wife, Geraldine; daughters, Lakeisha Sykes, Tameka Lewis (Quadir), Xrononia Smith, grandchildren, Evin Smith and Madison Lewis, sister, Coritha Murray.

Funeral Services to be held Friday, 11 AM at the Mount Olive Baptist Church, 216 Liberty St in Plainfield, Visitation is Thursday, 7 - 9 PM at the church. Arrangements by Judkins Colonial Home. Condolences -

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Published in Courier News on Mar. 16, 2011.
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November 29, 2011
You have my deep love hugh and i grow up new york
bonita davis
April 20, 2011
I remember Hugh's when I worked at the VA. Bright, funny, friendly and approachable. You were always comfortable around him. He felt like your oldest brother. He will always be remembered.
Deatha Kirkland
April 5, 2011
Dear Geri and Family,
I just found out about your loss. There are no words to express my deepest sympathy. Praying that as the days pass you find comfort in knowing you and your family are still being held up in prayers. Also praying that your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Love and prayers, Denise(Monique & Monet Mom)
Denise Hardy
March 27, 2011
To the Hugh's family...I would like to express my deepest simpathy.May God
bless your family in this time of sadness
Remember that God won't put no more on you than you can bare.Love Rachel
Rachel Solomon
March 23, 2011
Dear Geri,
I found out today about Hugh. My heart aches for you and your family. Hugh was there for us when Karl died. I am so sorry I was not there for you. I consider it a honor and a privilege to be in Hugh's company. There is no better angel watching over us and sitting at the right side of our Father. He may be absent but he is with the Lord. I am praying for increasing blessings and strength during this difficult time. Again I am sorry I was not present. Love, Sylvia
Sylvia Hicks
March 22, 2011
i met this GOD and i have to say it was a privilege beloved bro to have been in your presents! travel well bro hugh my heart goes out to all that knew & loved him and still do! see you when i get there! i know you are waiting for us and are crying for us to make our journey in our time! i love ya and thanks for helping to create ronnie! love lori
lori major
March 21, 2011
We become acquainted with many doing our lifetimes, but of that many there are but a few that leave an imprint that you treasure in the core of your being. For me, Hugh was one of these few. I will remember him for his passion, integrity, and fortitude. I extend my condolences to his family. In their grief, may it help them to know that his life is a memorial to others that were blessed to have worked with him over many years at VA NJ. With God, we know that there are no endings, only endless beginnings. Tomorrow holds hope. Tomorrow holds eternal life. May the God of comfort and peace give us unending grace until our tomorrows brings forth those days that will reunite us with Hugh in homes prepared for us in our Father’s heavenly house.
Terry Stewart
March 20, 2011
I have not known Mr. Smith for long but he made me feel right at home whenever I work with him... always had a smile on his face and I will always remember him this way...
Shalonda Lowman
March 19, 2011
The fruit is no greater than the tree that it came from.... if you love the fruit you must love the tree from which it came. Dear Mr.Smith, I have loved your daughter and grandson since childhood. My first love is them, my second love is poetry. And therefore you and I shared 3 great things in this world and then last year I was blessed to share you with them. I will never forget your voice, humor and wisdom and ofcourse your "Last Poet's", Gil Scott ?Hiron style and flow. There is no pain in death accept for us that misses you, but I unselfishly say, "Rest Well, and prepare for the next journey, you will be a blast on that journey as well. Love you"
Royal (Eluhim) Warren
March 18, 2011
Mr& Mrs.Johnny N.Whittaker. You will be missed.
johnny whittaker
March 18, 2011
My prayers are with you and the the family. May God bless and keep you in strength. Katie (Lyons, n.j.)
katie whitaker
March 18, 2011
God bless you and your family
charlotte carter
March 18, 2011
Hugh, you will forever be missed. I have always admired you and Geraldine and the relationship that you had together, it was and is definitely TRUE LOVE. Thank you for your jokes (that I mess up when I try to tell someone else), thank you for the pictures, thank you for the advice, thank you for the love. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!! May you rest in peace with the love of God.
Keri Baucum
March 18, 2011
Hugh dear, you will be missed.your grest smile and your jovial personality will always live on my memory.
Racheal Savice
March 18, 2011

I only knew him for a short time, but he was a pleasure to work with, always a laughter and a smile that I will miss and to his friends and espically his wife and children who he talked about often, I wish I could be there to hold your hand, but I'm thinking of you and I'm sharing your sorrow. The little things that you remember, the happy moments,smiles and laughter,in time these memories will push their way through the pain. Yes, your loss will always hurt, but in between, therewill be happiness again someone so special will always live in your heart,and with support of family and friends help you through these days. My deepest sympathy's are with you all, "STAY STRONG"
Claudette Jeffrey
March 17, 2011
Hugh, you will forever be in my Heart! Thank God for memories.........l'll be missing You! "TEARS"
Thomasina McDonald
March 17, 2011
We would like to send our prayers out the family...Hugh will be greatly missed
Sending love from the Scott,McDonald,Hickson,Dixon and Mitchell families
March 17, 2011
Hugh was a giver, never a taker. He/she was always there to help no matter how busy he/she was; no matter the time of day; and, never asking or needing anything in return. Hugh will be by all the people touch he may be gone from this side but we will meet again my god be the glory rest in peace gone but not forgotten.
malcolm Talmadge
March 17, 2011
You and your family is in my prayers
love Kelly
March 17, 2011
My fellow Gemini friend. You were one of the best people i have met at Lyons. You always had a smile and funny words and made people laugh and feel good. You will be missed very much at Lyons. Rest in peace Hugh. Chris Rutt(Lyons VA hospital)
March 17, 2011
Hugh I know that you are now in a better place where there is no pain and for that I am grateful. To your family and friends your passing leave a hugh hole in our hearts as you brought so much joy to those who knew you. I'm not sure that mere words could comfort your family but want them to know that my thoughts and prayers are with them. I so enjoyed the times I worked with you and the care you showed our veterans. May God bless you, as you have blessed the lives of those who knew you.
Nancy Stetson
March 17, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 17, 2011
I am glad I had the chance to let you know how much I missed the conversations we used to have.Nice words should be spoken while the person is in our presence. God is with you, Patricia Robinson
Patricia Robinson
March 17, 2011
It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again.
Geri we have you in our hearts and we are here for you and the family.
Hugh will be missed by us dearly.

With Loving Memories
Spatcher Family
March 17, 2011
God bless My prayers are with you and your family.
Shirley Ferrara
March 17, 2011
you are in my prayers .god bless you and your family.

with sinceere feelings to a very nice co worker
Shirley Ferrara
March 17, 2011
my sincere condolelenes to the smith family we joke and laugh and had many good times together for over twenty years,hugh you will truly be missed by by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.god bless
larry tift
March 17, 2011
Hugh, a wonderful person with a good sense of humour. I will miss hearing his laugh, and seeing him on unit 1b with his hat turned backwards, his white uniform, holding a large cup of coffee or tea from dunkin dounuts as he tries to sneak into the break room with his hot bran muffin with butter hoping that i would not ask him for a piece (he always shared his muffin). we would always sing "Tramp" by otis redding and had a ball singing it. when i went to see him before the Lord called him home, through all of his pain he was still able to sing the song "Tramp" keeping the rhythm to the song as he tapped on the siderails of his bed. Hugh will be truly missed.
Adrienne Smith
March 16, 2011

Thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy. In this time of sorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

With sincere feelings,
Jeannette & Carl Martin
March 16, 2011
My Sincere Condolences to the Smith Family. Hugh always made me Laugh no matter what, whatever problem I thought I had, he would always make me forget it the moment I ran into him at The VA.I will always remember the hugs and the comic relief that always came at right moment. He was the best play cousin anyone could ever have.
Latena Hobbs
March 16, 2011
March 16, 2011
Geri you and your family are in my prayers hugh was a very special person and he will truly be missed H.elpful U.nderstanding G.reat H.ilarious sakeena and family
sakeena simmons
March 16, 2011
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March 16, 2011
my prayers go to you and your family. my condolences.
sheena campbell
March 16, 2011 prayers are with you and your family at this time.If there is anything you may need please just call,Hugh was family to us and we all loved him so.Sometimes we may not understand Gods reasons for things,but always know He knows what's best.God bless you and the family.
Taheera Traynham
March 16, 2011
Dear Geraldine,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless and carry you and your family through this difficult time. Love -Jeanette
Jeanette Criscione
March 16, 2011
Dear Geraldine, I am so sorry and will keep you in my prayers.

Lois Mattson
March 16, 2011
My Sincere Condolences to Hugh's Family. My Heart and Prayers Go Out To You All. I Pray That God Bless, Comfort, and Give you Peace at this sad time. Hugh was a Wonderful and Sweet Person and he will be Truly Missed by all who knew Him.

Traci Hall, Co-Worker/Friend, PlfD
Traci Hall
March 16, 2011
God saw you were tired and a cure was not at hand, so he put his arms around you and whispered come take my hand and walk with me for awhile and let me teach you how to smile and we can sit where gentle breezes blow and peaceful waters flow. I will miss our talks about Jazz and Politics you were one of best friends. Tell my friend the carpenter hello. and say hello to NAT,ELLA,BILLIE,the Duke and Dizzy.
March 16, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Robin Bright
March 16, 2011
I will keep you and your family in prayer and askt God to give you peace, joy, understanding and anything that you need during this time. We are here for you and please do not hesitate to call.

Wyoma Elliott
Teresa Akridge and family
March 16, 2011
Dear Geraldine, I am so sorry for your loss. I appreciate the wonderful photo here of Hugh--it captures the essence of who I thought he was as I grew to know him over the past couple of years--playful, sincere, and with a twinkle in his eye. I am thankful that I had a chance to shoot the breeze with him and share some laughs. All best to you and your family at this difficult time. Rebecca Williams
Rebecca Williams
March 16, 2011
Geri....and are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you and if theres anything you need, please call.
Deirdre Martin
March 16, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Ronald West
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