NEWPORT NEWS - Gordon Bernard Smith Jr., of Newport News, died peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his residence The Chesapeake.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Josephine Polhamus Smith and her family; son, Richard G. Smith and his wife, JoAnn of Williamsburg; daughter, Kimberly S. Moore and her husband, Craig of Poquoson; grandsons, Patrick, Christian and Tyler Moore of Poquoson; and brother, G. Jackson Smith and his wife, Mary and family of Poquoson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jean Miller Smith; sister, Lois S. Brown; and parents, Gordon B. Smith Sr. and Lois Yelton Smith.
Born in Newport News in 1923, Bernard graduated from Newport News High School, the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Apprentice School, and the College of William and Mary. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He worked at Newport News Shipbuilding as an electrical draftsman and served in the United States Navy at Bainbridge, Md., and Bremerton, Wash.
Bernard's career as a Certified Public Accountant began in Richmond in 1950 and continued to Newport News in 1956. He was one of the founding partners of Eggleston, Smith and Company and managed the firm for 11 years until his retirement in 1985. Along the way he was president of the VSCPA, MASAC, the Virginia Group of CPA's, and Chairman of the Virginia State Board for Accountants, receiving many awards during his service.
A lecturer at Christopher Newport College, Bernard taught the first class offered at the school. He was active in the Warwick Lions Club and a Melvin Jones Fellow, Peninsula Sports Club, Peninsula Metro Area YMCA, and Lower Peninsula Chapter of the College of William and Mary Alumni Association. He served as a Deacon and was very active on various committees at North Riverside Baptist Church and was past president of The Chesapeake Resident Council.
Life-long learning was a constant endeavor of Bernard's. An avid traveler, he and Jean traveled the world with close friends, often participating in Elder Hostel programs. He enjoyed bridge, golf, reading, model shipbuilding, and the pleasure that socializing with friends and family brought. More recently he and Jo enjoyed trips to Chetola Lake in Blowing Rock, N.C.
The family wishes to thank the numerous caring staff of The Chesapeake who provided many hours of comfort to him and us. We also wish to thank Dr. John Q. A. Mattern II and the staff at Virginia Oncology Associates for their undivided care and attention.
A memorial service and reception following will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at North Riverside Baptist Church, 311 Selden Road, Newport News.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to your favorite charity. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published by Daily Press from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2009.