1936 - 2023
No Vistitation Date Scheduled
FuneralMarch 23, 2023
St. Catherine Church 107 N Main St, Westford, MA 01886
Robert Martin Smith
Robert was born in Norwood, MA on December 5, 1936 and passed peacefully with his wife at his side on March 15, 2023. He was the only child to the late Robert N. and Julia E. (Folan) Smith, of Canton, MA. He was married for 55 years to Diane Noel Smith, who survives him. He was the father of Karen Smith Alves and husband Manny of Hudson, MA and Susan Walsh and Husband David of Litchfield, NH. Bob is also survived by his grandchildren Samantha and Michael Walsh, and step-granddaughter Kelly Alves.
Bob grew up in Canton, MA attending St. John Elementary School and Canton High School (Class of 1954). He went on to attend Northeastern University, graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1959. During his time at Northeastern, he did co-op work assignments at General Radio (later GenRad) in Concord, MA. After Graduation, Bob spent three years on active duty in the US Army, later attaining the rank as Captain in the Army Reserve.
Bob returned to General radio in 1961, staying for 28 years, in various engineering and Program Management Positions. It was at GenRad where he met his wife Diane in 1966. They were married on October 7, 1967, and moved to Westford, MA, where he and Diane spent 34 wonderful years bringing up two beautiful daughters. Bob served on the Permanent School Building Committee in Westford from 1988 until 2003, as treasurer and vice-chair, during a period of major school construction projects. He was also involved in various Graniteville activities.
Bob later worked at Kokusai/Bruce Technologies in Billerica, as Director of Facilities, until his retirement in 2003. Diane and Bob moved to Brewster on Cape Cod in 2002, into the home they had built in 1980. Bob was a board member on the Brewster Mens Club and volunteered for the Brewster Historical Society. He was also a board member and regular volunteer at the Museum of Natural History.
Diane and Bob traveled extensively during retirement. Over fifty trips by Bob’s account. Driving tours of the west from the Canadian Rockies to Mexico. Also Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica. River cruises in Europe and trips to Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Italy. Mediterranean and Panama Canal cruises. And many trips to Virginia, especially the Williamsburg area.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine’s Church 107 N Main St, Westford, MA 01886 Westford, MA at 10am on Thursday March 23, 2023. Burial at a later date will be in St. Catherines Cemetery. Arrangement by DOLAN FUNERAL HOME guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com