Howard Edward Smith
Howard Edward Smith
  • July 31, 1953 - November 15, 2017
  • Haddam, Connecticut

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Howard Edward Smith, of Chester, beloved husband of Linda Bosnak, died on November 15, 2017 after a valiant battle with mesothelioma.

He was born on July 31, 1953, in Hartford, the son of the late Harold Ellsworth Smith and Mary Kracunas Smith.

Howard, a graduate of Wethersfield High School, served in US Navy, Pacific fleet, during the Vietnam War era. He was proud to be a retired Connecticut State Police officer and most recently a police officer for the town of Old Lyme and security contractor for Homeland Security. Howard was one-of-a-kind, a special and memorable person to all who knew him and he will be dearly missed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother William Smith and his wife Elizabeth of Granville, MA, nieces Kimberly Ryan, Stacy Smith and Heather Smith, and nephews Gregory Smith and Kevin Smith and his beloved cat Mackintosh. He was predeceased by a brother, Russell Smith.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284, or to Valley Shore Animal Welfare League, 647 Horse Hill Rd, Westbrook, CT 06498. To sign the online guest book visit

"UNDER the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you 'grave for me:
Here he lies where he long'd to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."-Robert Louis Stevenson