Wilton Smith
1932 - 2021
Fr. Wilton S. Smith

Fr. Wilton S. Smith died peacefully on Feb. 12, 2021 in San Rafael, Father Smith was a priest for 62 years and was 88 years old. Fr. Wil was born June 19, 1932 in San Francisco. He was the son of Gertrude and Wilton Smith and is predeceased by them and his sister, Elinor DeMattei. He is survived by his Brother-in-Law, Robert DeMattei, (Kay); his nephews Michael DeMattei and Paul DeMattei; his nieces: Susan DeMattei (Dave Wiens) and their sons Cooper, Ben and Sam; Nancy DeMattei; Lisa DeMattei (Matt Naworski) and their daughters Jessica and Ava. His is also survived by his cousin, Sister Marilyn Medau, with whom he had a wonderful lifelong friendship, and cousin Margaret Jenkins ( Lou) and their children Jean Schulte, Laura Fahy, and Dan Jenkins.

Fr. Wil was ordained on June 12, 1958 after his studies at St. Patrick's Seminary He served at St. Catherine's /St. Martin's /St. Emydius /Epiphany/St. Isabella's/ St. Veronica's in South SF where he was installed Pastor from 1990 to 2002. Father Smith retained his generous nature, phenomenal memory and steady focus through his 18 years of retirement, despite the slow, but relentless progress of Parkinson's. He retired to Clergy House and then Nazareth House. Due to the closure on Nazareth House he moved to Golden Home Extended Care. He is very thankful for all the staff at both the Nazareth House and Golden Home Extended Care.

Fr. Wil enjoyed tennis, Peanuts cartoons, Lake Tahoe, & loved the Bible. He loved his Catholic faith and loved family and friends, he will be dearly missed.

There will be no public Mass at this time due to the pandemic. Remembrances may be sent to the Priest Retirement Fund, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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Fr. Smith, aka "Padre", was a priest's priest. I never met a finer man or a holier priest than him. The world is poorer by his absence, but heaven is rejoicing in his presence.

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

Adios, Padre, until we meet again.
April 9, 2021
Fr. Smith was such a kind-hearted, caring man, and spiritual support to both of my parents, Mary Lou and Peter A. Smith, at the Nazareth Home. He looked in on each one, offered good thoughts, joked with Dad about tennis, and provided friendship to each in their later years and kindness to the family, too. He shared light and love. Thank you, Fr. Smith. You're a beautiful star in the universe.
Elizabeth Hossfeld
February 28, 2021
Fr Wilton was one of the nicest kindness real priest I have ever met. I am greTful to have known him. He was the con celebrant at my wedding in 1973 at the Church of the Epiphany. Thank you Fr Wilton. You were one of the best. ❤
Jean Borchelt
February 27, 2021
Thank You for your Life of Service, Father✝
Dennis McLaughlin
February 27, 2021
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