Mr. William Reece Smith

Age 88


William Reece Smith Jr., an iconic Tampa lawyer known for his work inside and outside the courtroom, died Friday morning. He was 88.Smith, a Plant City native who never forgot his hometown roots, had a résumé like few others: Rhodes Scholar, former American Bar Association president, one time...

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It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

I had cut out and set aside an article from the Tribune on Dr. William Reece Smith meaning to write and thank him, for accepting back in the 70's that appointment as Interim President at the University of South Florida. I personally was so pleased to have him at the helm during that time. If my recollection is correct, he invited all the faculty that year to a dinner he hosted downtown at the Univeristy Club, where we got to meet him and his wife personally. During his tenure at USF's helm...

We send our condolences to the Smith family on the loss of a great and wonderful man. Reece and my father, Ed Cutler, were law partners and good friends for many years and relied on one another for advice on a constant basis. He will be missed by all.

Reece sat in front of us every Sunday at Hyde Park. He would always greet us with a smile. He will be missed.

He was of great character and made an impact on our kids in 2012 during “Take Your Child To Work Day”. He allowed the children to invade his office and with a smile explained why his desk was so unique. My daughter (10 at the time) will never forget Mr. Smith and when I gave her the sad news her response was "he is so nice and he is alive and well." God Bless

There are not enough words to describe this true Southern gentlemen known to the world as Reece Smith. What a blessing to have known him for so many years at Carlton Fields. He was a giant in the legal profession; he was my friend.

A true southern gentleman that I will greatly miss . . . especially his welcoming and warm smile! I had the honor and wonderful experience to work with him 3.5 yrs with The Florida Classic Association, Inc. while he served as the Chairman of the Board. He was a true, great leader, and not just in Tampa Bay . . . one loved and respected! I will cherish the memories and many notes and letters he sent to me in support of my career. May he rest in peace. He will be missed greatly by many. ...

Mr. Smith was always very pleasant regardless of who you are. I will miss our "elevator conversations" and wise words. I was blessed to have met such an honorable man.

A dear sweet man. I had the honor of working with him many years ago at Carlton Fields. He had the cleanest shoes in Tampa. "Well done, good and faithful servant, well done..."