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“I'm very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. For many years, Tom was my swimming "partner" in the UH pool. He was passionate about his swimming and my...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Rick Zeiser - CT

“Shelly and family I was sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was an athlete, scholar and gentleman. I have so many fond memories from Hollister and...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Ed Stiles - Lexington, KY

“Dear Shelly and family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Tom was one of a kind... truly a renaissance man. His humor and perspective had a...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Miller - New Hartford, CT

“I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We were in the same graduating class at MHS and were on the track team together. I have many fond memories of...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Saimond - Canton, CT

“It began in 7th grade at Hollister School, continued through High School, and beyond to not many months ago when he tragically didn't know those of...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Forbes Warren - Glastonbury, CT

“Tom can't but be in a good place now. He was always in a good place: centered, aware, involved, caring, warm--a truly wonderful human being. A long...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Harald Sandstrom - Bloomfield, CT

“My deepest sympathy to you and the family Shelly. My heart is with you at this difficult time. May fond memories help to ease your loss. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Regina Miller - Hartford, CT

“Jessie I am so very sorry for loss, I will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Hoffnagle King - Winsted, CT

“With deep sorrow I learned of Tom’s passing. Our friendship began as classmates in Hollister school and continued through our years at...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Bruce Anderson - Tucson, AZ

“What a great friend in High School. Thanks for the wonderful time at Tom Flaherty's home in September 2005 @ our 50th Class Reunion MHS. My wife,...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Prescott L. Wadsworth - WA

“Thinking of you day and night with fondness and love...and so many good memories. Tom was one special man. lots of love, Sheila and Roscoe ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Sheila Wright - Denver, CO

“My condolences to the entire family of Tom Smith.. My memories of Tom Smith go back to the 4th grade at Robertson school. Being the new kid in our...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: michael k escavich - vernon, CT

“Dear Shelly, Ian, Jesse (& Max), Tom was such a bright spot for everyone who knew him. Full of good fun, lover of music and master story teller. ...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Roscoe Hill - Denver, CO

“Dear Shelly, Ian and Jessica, Please accept my condolences on Tom's passing. I taught with him for 19 years at UH, and it was my sad duty to try...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Ed Klonoski - Bristol, CT

“I was saddened to hear that Tom had passed away. I know the last years were difficult for him and his dear ones but I hope we will all remember the...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Muriel L. Quintin - Montreal

“Knowing Tom from 7th grade on when he came to Hollister, he was always friendly, always kind. May your memories sustain you now and forever. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Kuhlmann - Fairfield, CT

“Dear Shelly and family. We all share your loss.Tom was one of the few true gentlemen I have Known. Please accept our condolence. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Joe Curry - CT

“Dear Jessie, Mrs. Smith, Max and Ian, my deepest condolences to all of you. He suffered for too long, as did all of you. I wish you peace in the...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Tracy Michaud - Barkhamsted, CT

“What a guy! Rest in peace, dear Smitty, til we all meet again under the street light to play cards like we did when we were kids. And thank you for...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: kit ryan - ogunquit, ME

“When I was a new student to MHS in my junior year, Tom was one of the first classmates to reach out and befriend me. I have been forever grateful for...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Crin Krouse - NY, NY


New Hartford- SMITH- Thomas N. Smith passed away on November 21, 2013. Tom was born in Hartford in 1937. He was the son of the late Alton Norris and Harriett (Coburn) Smith. He was proudly raised in Manchester. He was an active and popular fellow all through his school years. Though he was an only child, he had many first cousins. Tom was a top student. In high school, Class of 1955, at Manchester High School, he played baseball, football, and track and was a member of a state ranked swim team. He went to UCONN for four years on scholarship and swam for UCONN in his freshman year. He was a member of Theta Xi fraternity and was nominated to "Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges." Also, at UCONN, he was a member of the Student Senate, The Student University Relations Committee and the Goodwill Committee. During his senior year, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated in 1959, with a major in English with honors. Tom went on to the Univ. of Illinois. He was a graduate student there and earned a M.A. in English in 1961. When he found out there was a newly created PhD program in English at UCONN, he returned to his CT roots. When he came back to UCONN he reconnected with his future wife and the love of his life, Sheila (Shelly) McClench Smith. She was employed by the U.S. Air Force in Wiesbaden, Germany as a Kindergarten Teacher. Tom joined her in 1962 and they were married in Basel, Switzerland. They returned to CT, where Tom continued his studies. He received his PhD in 1966. Tom and Shelly taught in Fairbanks, Alaska for several years, and then returned to CT to teach for the remainder of his career. He taught at UCONN, U of Alaska and the longest at U of Hartford, from where he retired in 2009. He specialized in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. He created a Humanities course for U of Hartford's engineering students; it later became an all university curriculum course. One of Tom's proudest moments was his participation in the 1963 march on Washington. Tom enjoyed traveling and music more than anything in his life. His love of music he shared with his wife, his children and grandson, Max. In his early twenties, Tom met with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians in Newport and was asked to "sit-in" with them, though a hand injury forced him to refuse. His storytelling, laughter and passion will be forever missed by all who knew him. He loved his students, his family and his friends dearly. Tom is survived by his wife, Sheila (Shelly) McClench Smith of New Hartford; his son, Ian Spenser Smith of Simsbury; his daughter, Jessica Erin Smith of New Hartford who will miss her favorite dance partner and his grandson, Max, also of New Hartford. Friends may call on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Rd. New Hartford from 3 – 5 PM. The family requests that friends bring stories and cherished memories of Tom to share at 5 PM. Visit an online guestbook at Montano-shea.com.

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