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David Hugh Smith  

David Hugh Smith

April 11, 1944 – October 30, 2013

David Hugh Smith, age 69, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
Born in Joppa, MD on April 11, 1944, David was a son of the late Henry M. Smith and Mary “Jean” Stanley Smith. Upon completion of college, David made his career as an entrepreneur and as a career aviator with the Delaware Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of CW4.
He volunteered his time and talents at the St. Georges Historical Society. David was an aviation and dendrology enthusiast. In his leisure time, he enjoyed bird watching and was a talented woodworker.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sibilings, H. James Smith, Dorothy Robin, and Linda Cramer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia Halter Smith; sons, D. Bryan Smith and wife Claudia of Phoenix, AZ, Matthew P. Smith and wife Sarah of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and James A. Smith and wife Christina of Creve Coeur, MO; brothers, Paul Smith of Mt. Airy, MD, Michael Smith of Wilmington, DE and Timothy Smith of Wilmington, DE; and 9 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the St. Georges Historical Society, 200 N. Main Street, St. Georges, DE, where friends may call from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Smiles for Sophie Forever, 31722 Leeward Ct., Avon Lake, OH 44012 (

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  1. John Stanley, October 31, 2013

    Great knowing Dave for all of my 68 years. Many stories, many good times and together in the hard times too. Sending love and prayers and thank you to Trish, an exceptional lady and wife and life companion. God bless you and Bryan, Matt and Jimmy as you continue on.

  2. Bev Halter Farley, October 31, 2013

    Uncle Dave will be sadly missed, and we hope he rests in peace. Aunt Trish, Bryan, Matt and Jim and families, our hearts and prayers are with you. So sad to hear of your tremendous loss!

    Bev & Erich

  3. Debbie Dutton, October 31, 2013

    My prayers go out to you and your family. Dave will surely be
    missed. Now he is in God’s loving arms. No more pain
    or tears. May God comfort you and bless you during this

  4. Valerie Peterson, October 31, 2013

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My heart hurts for you and your children and grandchildren during this time. Your family has always been full of love, strength and honor, and we have been blessed to have spent time seeing what an incredible family you are.
    Love, Valerie, James, Alexandria and Elik Peterson

  5. Karen Lis Elias, November 1, 2013

    Jim, Matt and Smith Family,

    Deeply sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Elaine J.Dero, November 1, 2013

    Dear Aunt Trish & family, I am very sorry for your loss. May David rest in peace.

  7. Vivian Bartsch, November 1, 2013

    So sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Marie & Jim Van Dyke, November 1, 2013

    Dave is at peace and with loved ones that have gone before him. He will be missed. Trish we send our strength to you and your family to move forward at this time. Love to all. Marie & Jim

  9. Corrine & Jim, November 6, 2013

    Trish & Family,
    We have known Dave for many years. He was a great guy, someone that
    we are happy to have known. We know that he is now pain-free. God will have a special job for him to continue to help others with Angelic words.
    Our condolences are with all of you-


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