BROOKLIN – Robert W. Smith, 89, died peacefully on Sunday August 17th, 2014 with his family by his side.
Born on April 9th 1925 in the family’s “Winter House” on Flye Point in Brooklin, Bob worked odd jobs in the area until he joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served two tours of duty: 3/43 to 2/46 and again from 10/52 to 12/54 where he rose to the rank of Engineman Mate 2nd class. Bob was fortunate to travel to locations throughout the world and received many service awards including the WW II Victory medal, the American and Asiatic Pacific Theatre medals, the National Defense service medal, and the Good Conduct medal. Today, a self-made wood carving of his last ship, the U.S.S. Trumpetfish, decorates his mantle.
After his service, Bob attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, MA to study Engineering, and later went to work producing forged components for the aerospace industry at Wyman-Gordon in Worcester, MA. Bob settled his family in Paxton, MA where he spent countless hours volunteering his time for youth sports. Baseball and hockey were his favorites.
But Bob’s true sprit lived in Maine. Many will say that his second life began when he moved back to Flye Point in the late 90’s to take up permanent residence at the Barnacle. It is here where he could be found taking his beloved Golden Retrievers for walks in the woods and tinkering with his never ending home improvement projects. Although a bit hard of hearing in his later years, Bob truly treasured spending time with family and friends and meeting new people. Whether it be teaching others how to cane chairs, volunteering at the Brooklin Keeping Society, or making his famous spaghetti and meatball dinner for family visits, Bob always looked forward to sharing his time and energy with others.
Known to many as “Uncle Bob”, he is survived by his son, David B. Smith and his daughter-in-law Dawn Archambault-Smith; his two granddaughters, Gabrielle and Gwendolyn Smith all of Medway, MA. He also leaves several nieces and nephews to whom he’s always had a special place in his heart, and many friends he’d met along his path. He is predeceased by his wife, Elsie Bergman; his brother, Lewis Smith; and two sisters, Arlene Smith and Alline Mathers.
While we’re now forced to move forward without him physically, this week we’ll pause, knowing that we’ve lost a good one. He will always be remembered and missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 10:30am at the gazebo on Flye Point, Brooklin. A gathering and celebration of his life will be held afterwards at the Lookout.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue at P.O. Box 808, Hudson, Massachusetts 01749-0808
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