WILLIAM O. SMITH Jr.
1927 - 2015
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SMITH
WILLIAM O., Jr.
Passed away peacefully at his home in West Dennis, MA on June 1, 2015, at the age of 88. Bill was born February 28, 1927, and is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary (Tomko) Smith; by his children, William O. III and his wife, Karen, Mark A. and his wife, Sandy, Kent R. and his wife, Christine, Lynn M. Marlow and her husband, Thomas (Pete), Gail M. Smith, Jill L. Conway and her husband, Bob, and Sherri A. Smith; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; he is also survived by four sisters, Patricia Young, Janis Yingst, Alexis Mattingly and Kathleen Krobot; and brother, David Smith. Bill was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary; by grandson, Joshua Smith; by his parents, William O. Smith, Sr., and Pearl (Tibbitt) Smith; three sisters, Pearl Nuss, Ruth Bentz and Dorothy Hixenbaugh. Smith was a Certified Master Watchmaker and Clockmaker. He began his training at the age of 12 at the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded by his father in 1936. In 1966, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois to participate in a Horological and Micro-Precision Research Project. Subsequently, Smith established a Micro-Precision Technology program at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois where he taught until his retirement in 1984. In 1987 Smith founded Smith's Time Shop, in South Yarmouth, MA, now located in West Dennis. Smith was a past president of The Watchmaker's Association of Pennsylvania and a Director and Fellow of The American Watchmaker's Institute. Smith is author of many technical books including Twenty-First Century Watchmaking, the Hamilton Electric Watch Repair Manual, and 28 volumes on Chronographs and complicated watches. Smith enlisted in the Navy during WWII where he served in the Farragut Unit in Washington, D.C., and later as head watchmaker at Ship's Service in Norfolk, Virginia. Visitation will be held at MORRIS, O'CONNOR & BLUTE FUNERAL HOME, 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth, MA at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015, with service to begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. Notes of comfort and sympathy may be sent to the Smith family at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jun. 5, 2015.
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June 7, 2015
I wish to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Smith.

Mr. Smith will always be MR. Smith. He is without a doubt the single most influential person in helping shape my life. I came to the Parkland Micro Precision program in 1975 after serving six years in the USAF working on ICMBs. Mechanics had been my first love, and the program at Parkland completely captured my heart and attention. Mr. Smith treated everyone with great respect and had a way getting the most and best out of each student. He was a leader by his example of hard work, intense study, unparalleled skills and the mindset that anything is possible.

I went on to have a 35 year career in computer hardware engineering. My specialty was in the design and fabrication of micro miniature magnetic recording transducers. I routinely worked with dimensions in the micron and submicron range, and with tolerances of under one millionth of an inch. I got to operate machines costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. I traveled to Japan, Singapore and China to teach them the tools, techniques and processes to make the new designs. I was involved in the design of over 15 generations of magnetic recorders, and along that path, we shipped over $2 billion in new products. By these products, we were able to create hundreds of jobs in the USA, and thousands of manufacturing jobs in Asia. I was always building the next new thing, which means I was building what we did not already know how to build. I was often asked to help fix problems in other areas of the product or business, often because of the way Mr. Smith had taught us how to find the true source of the underlying problem. The world of the small and very small is a wonderful place, and Mr. Smith will live on through all the doors that he opened to me and to his other students. Well done Mr. Smith. You will be missed.

Richard Milo,
Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Six Sigma Master Black Belt of Design
Richard Milo
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