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William Harold Smith

Born June 14, 1926

William Harold Smith, age 90, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Born in New York, NY on June 14, 1926, Bill was the son of the late Harold and Ethel (Brown) Smith. He proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served as a corpsman in the 5th and 2nd Marine Division in the initial occupation of Japan. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Association of Atomic Veterans.

After military service, Bill worked as a respiratory therapist and research and development technician at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. In later years, he served as medical engineer in charge of research and development for several well known medical manufactures. He held numerous patents and contributed to the invention of the cofflator and other respiratory devices. In 1973, Bill founded Smith’s Technical Repair Service, inspecting and maintaining respiratory equipment for several central New Jersey hospitals. He finally retired at the age of 80.

Bill took great pride in his Scottish heritage. He and his beloved wife of 70 years, Dorothy, enjoyed trips to England and Scotland. Always patriotic citizens and lovers of the outdoors, Bill and Dot also explored many American national parks and historic sights.

While living on Murray Street in Rahway, NJ, Bill was known to all as the neighborhood medic for minor mishaps, as well as the ” go to ” man who could fix anything. His friends and family will miss his sense of humor and warm smile.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Smith.. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Isabel (Dennis) Smith; daughters, Judith Kennedy (Robert) and Susan Overstreet (Barry); grandchildren, Brad Kennedy, Amanda Montgomery (Michael) and Michael and Tyler Overstreet; and great-granddaughter, Zoe Kennedy.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday morning, March 4, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Folds of Honor Foundation, 5800 N. Patriot Drive, Owasso, OK 74055.

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  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our best to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sue and John Eisenbrey

  • Thoughts and prayers of the Carney Family are
    with you in this most difficult time.

  • I have such fond memories of him growing up in Rahway. He was special

  • Patty and I would like to send condolences to you and your family. Sounds like your dad was an extraordinary man. Anyone who works until 80 years old had a passion for their work. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. hugs and prayers,
    Bob & Patty

  • Dear Judy & Bob, our prayers and thoughts are with you throughout the difficult days ahead. May you find peace in the care & love that you showered on your beloved dad. Love, Diane & Dale

  • Judy,
    Our condolences go out to you and your family at this time. Sounds like your father was a remarkable man who lived a wonderful life. You are all in our prayers.
    Melissa and Kevin Riker

  • Very sorry to hear of your loss, our prayers go out to you and Judy

  • Dear Dot and family,

    I was so sorry to hear about Bill’s death. I was very privileged to have known Bill and Dot from the Cranford Methodist Church, and I always thought they were the loveliest couple and I always looked forward to seeing them. Bill, may you Rest In Peace.

    Nancy Valli

  • So sorry to hear our beloved neighbor and friend from Murray Street has passed. He was a wonderful and generous man who always had time to lend a hand when needed. His genuine kindness, sharp wit and good nature will always be remembered. Love Teresa Reardon and Mary Ellen Sobol and family

  • Dear Judy and Bob, I just watched the memorial video of your dad . It was so touching and poignant, and to see all the beautiful family pictures of all of you throughout the years was incredible . It shows that there is such a bond of love, and what a close family you all are. We are so sorry for your loss, sending our thoughts prayers and love . Love Betsy and Steve

  • We were sorry to hear That Mr. Smith passed on. Sadly the neighborhood is losing many good people.
    Love Diane Beres and Ed Bennett