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“To the family of Robert Smith I would like to express my condolence to you may the God of comfort bring comfort to you with his right arm extended to...Read More »
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“A great man! A great representation of the greatest generation. I enjoyed talking to him, he was so hospitable. I loved the time his wife showed me...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Brad Hartsoe

“It was an honor to have Uncle Bob and Aunt Pat as my Godparents! They were dedicated, kind and never missed an occasion in my life! He served as a...Read More »
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“Greg and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers, Jan and the entire Scopel Family ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jan Scopel

“God Bless Uncle Bob. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, Nandy ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Nandy Miller

“My family and I had the one of the greatest privileges of our lives when we met and interacted with Mr. Smith at the recent APG Centennial...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Wayne Strine

“Bob was a true gentleman and it was our privilege to be his friend. My Father, Gene Streett and I shared breakfast every Sunday morning at the Greek...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Jonathan Streett

“He had such a gift for conversation. Always took time to connect with a warm story. A true gentleman. He will be missed by many. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Ellen Kahoe Maschke - Forest Hill, MD

“It was my distinct Honor to know Bob and to serve him Pit Beef sandwiches at Post 39 on Saturday mornings. I remember him as a humble and positive...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Warren Wohr

“Jay and Family...Your father exemplified the best of the Greatest generation. Fighting for the freedoms that we all share today, experiencing the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Bob Hartson

“Two Silver Stars and the most humble, quiet man I've loved for many years. Would have lunch with Bob at Post Home 39 for the past 4 years. He...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Todd Holden

“After many years of lunch and cards Bob will be surely missed.I am sure God is waiting with a half BLT , Chocolate Milk Shake, and Hershey Bar. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Dixon

Robert W. Smith, decorated World War II veteran and retired partner of F. Nelson Smith & Sons, a logging business founded in Harford County by his father, died Saturday at his Bel Air home. He was 97. Mr. Smith was born in Baltimore and raised in Creswell, Maryland on the family's farm with his brother and four sisters. His parents were Frederick Nelson Smith and Anne R. Callahan. He was a 1937 graduate of St. Stephen's School, Bradshaw, Maryland and joined his family's farming, canning, and logging business thereafter. He reported to the US Army for duty on December 8, 1941, the day after the Pearl Harbor bombing, and was a forward observer with the 44th Field Artillery Battalion as part of the 4th Infantry Division. He landed on Utah Beach on the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1941. He participated in the entire European campaign, including the Battle of Cherbourg, Saint-Lô and the battle of Hurtgen Forest. He received a battlefield commission on January 13, 1945 signed by General George S. Patton. He was awarded the following citations during the course of the war for heroic action: the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star. After the war, he returned to Harford County and in 1947 married Patricia Dyer of Glyndon, Maryland and settled in Bel Air. He joined his brother, Frederick Nelson Smith, and father in focusing on the family's timber business and became active in various organizations in Harford County. He was past commander of Battery "B" 110th Field Artillery National Guard in Bel Air and past commander of the American Legion Post #39 of Bel Air. He also was past president of the Maryland Golf and Country Club, a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Bel Air, and served on the Zoning Board for the Town of Bel Air. Mr. Smith was a devout Catholic and was active with the St. Ignatius Church in Hickory, Maryland, the home of the oldest church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Mr. Smith was instrumental in raising the necessary money and garnering support to reopen the historic church in 1969 after it had been closed sometime before for needed repairs. Robert W. Smith, Jr. ("Jay") stated as follows: "My father was a determined, principled, humble and thoughtful person who was beloved and respected by everyone. He accepted responsibilities willingly, was always ready to offer a helping hand to others, and brought out the best in people who interacted with him. He will be sorely missed, but had a long and full life." Mr. Smith had many interests, including golf and the history of Harford County. Later in his life he most enjoyed being with his many friends and family in Harford County, sharing stories, and playing cards. In addition to his son Robert W. Smith Jr. (Sharon), Mr. Smith is survived by another son, Gregory Smith (Virginia), of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a daughter, Abigail E. Smith (John F. Shettle), of Baltimore, Maryland, his son-in-law Robert M. Wagner, ten grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, Lilly Egan Smith, and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife and by his daughter, Colleen Wagner Smith. He was also predeceased by one brother and four sisters.

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