Stewart I Smith
Grafton Ma. - Stewart Irwin Smith 83, of Grafton MA, passed April 8th, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Steward Smith, known to his family and friends as "Smitty", or the "Shrewsbury Cowboy", was the son of Eric and Bernice Smith; brother to Suzanne Carlson; loving companion to Kathy Morse. Father of five children; Peter and Marguerite Smith of Long Island, NY; Paula and Kenneth Smith of Houston, TX; Heidi Hawkes of Charlotte, NC; Karl and Jennifer Smith of Cheyenne, WY; and Scott Smith of Shrewsbury MA; Grandfather to Eric Smith, Hailey Smith, Jordan Smith, Julie Steensma, Heather Steensma, Scott Smith and Jacob Smith; Great grandfather to Raidan Smith, and friend to countless individuals throughout the greater Worcester area. Smitty is predeceased by his parents Eric and Bernice Smith, his sister Suzanne Carlson, and youngest son Scott Smith.
Steward Smith married Patricia Maclean in 1962, together they had five children. Smitty attended Fanning Trade School for Welding and received his GED in 1966. He began working as a mechanic for Doyle Doge in Shrewsbury and Clapman Transmission in Worcester. He then began a career as a professional driver working for many local trucking companies including Yellow Freight, Rand Whitney, Wolfe Coach and Weagle Bus Co. Carrying on the tradition set by his father, Smitty was also a lifelong member of the Mass Beach Buggy Association.
Smitty was a Veteran of the U.S Navy, a lifetime member of the Teamsters local 170, and an avid NASCAR fan. During retirement he could be found traveling in his RV or surfcasting on the beaches of Cape Cod, a passion he inherited from his father and later passed on to his children. He was a true "MacGyver" and lifelong tinkerer and often found ingenious ways to address common problems such as equipping his beloved suburban with countless gadgets to assist with getting on and off the beach at Race Point. He was an inventive DIY man that could fix just about anything around the home or for his vehicles.
Known by his trademark cowboy hat and boots, Smitty was a born people person. If he caught your ear, he would tell you about how he drove his RV to all 50 states, about his love for Alaska, or the time he drove a race car at 150 miles per hour. He could often be found talking to or helping-out complete strangers, whether they solicited his help or not. Smitty loved to fish and some of our fondest memories are of him surfcasting off the point on Cape Cod with his sons and grandchildren.
Smitty will be greatly missed by both his family and friends but his legacy will carry on through his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There will be a grave side memorial at Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury in mid- August to remember him and to lay him to rest next to his son Scott.
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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 12 to Apr. 16, 2021.