Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Philip Smith of the South Hadley Smith family, 1919-2009 - CLICK HERE

From: George Smith
To: John Zwisler, Bob Judge
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:00:13 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: Smith Family

I know you both have had an interest in the Smith family from South Hadley. I am saddened to tell you that my father Philip Cushman Smith, one of the three remaining Smith cousins, died Oct 1, 2009 at age 90. The other two are Luella Smith Bousquet and Marvin Smith. I've sent along an obituary and picture so you can update your archives. I plan to continue working on my family's history though I will be severely hobbled without by father's insight. I hope you will continue to share with me tidbits you may come across and I will do likewise. - George Smith

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Received: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 03:56:27 PM EDT
From: John Zwisler
To: George Smith
Subject: Smith Family

Dear George,

I have mailed to you today some local information I had gathered about the Smith farm and family. Please accept this with my compliments, I hope it will be of interest to you.


John Zwisler

Philip Smith, Amherst native, WWII veteran


by Daily Hampshire Gazette
AMHERST - Philip Cushman Smith died on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at the age of 90 in Sandy Spring, Md.
He was born Feb. 11, 1919, in Amherst, the son of Edith Maria Stevens and Philip Henry Smith. He was preceded in death by his sister Katherine Stevens Smith and brother Allerton Butterfield Smith. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ary Stathis Smith; his son George Philip Smith; his daughter-in-law, Valerie Thomakos Smith; two grandchildren, Philip Constantine Smith and Alia Theodora Smith; and two nephews, David Stevens Smith and Stephen Allerton Smith.

Mr. Smith graduated from Amherst High School in 1937 and Williston Academy (now Williston-Northampton School) in 1938. In May 1942, Mr. Smith graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English from Brown University in Providence, R.I. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in July 1942, and served in World War II, first in the 13th Armored Division, 46th Tank Battalion, and later in the Army Air Force from where he was honorably discharged in 1946 having attained the rank of staff sergeant. After the war, he worked for two years in the print shop owned by his friend, Hamilton I. Newell. He then enrolled in the College of Engineering and Science at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pa., now part of the Carnegie Mellon University, from where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Printing Administration.

Mr. Smith worked in the printing business his entire career, which included long tenures at the National Publishing Co., later McCall Printing Co. Mid-Atlantic Division, and Corporate Press Inc., from where he retired in 1985. He enjoyed a long retirement, living with his family in Brinklow, Md., where he enjoyed the company of his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and beloved grandchildren. Mr. Smith was a lifelong musician, having taken up the clarinet at age 12 and later the saxophone. He played professionally during college and then again after retirement with such groups as the Roland Cumberland Band, the Olney Big Band, and the Rockville Concert Band, with whose 77 members he participated in a Sister City Exchange to Pinneberg, Germany, in 1989.

Mr. Smith traces his paternal line to 1634, when his Smith ancestors first settled on the Massachusetts coast; then Wethersfield, Conn.; Hadley and South Hadley; and finally Amherst. He and his brother were also proud to be Mayflower descendants through among others, their Cushman and Allerton lines. Though he attended the Universalist Church as a child, he was baptized into the Greek Orthodox faith in 1989. Interment will take place at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Baltimore, Md.

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...Marvin's obituary (below) which is publically available. He did live on the Smith Dairy Farm when he was young.
WARREN (Mass) Marvin Philip Smith, 84, of Winthrop Terrace, passed away May 9, 2008 at Wingate at Wilbraham. Born May 16, 1923 in Holyoke, MA, he was the son of the late Robert and Phyllis (Haas) Smith.

Marvin served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army and was part of D-Day and stationed in Germany at the time of surrender. He worked for 20 years as a locksmith at the University of Massachusetts and has lived in Warren since 1984, previously of South Hadley. Besides fishing, Marvin was a great banjo player and played in two square dancing bands for over 20 years. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Cecelia (Ross), along with a sister Luella Bousquet of Diamond Springs, CA, nieces Ardith Wolynec of Rutland, VT, Carol Schultz of Placerville, CA, other nieces, nephews and in-laws.