Robert “Bob” L. Smith
White River Jct., Vt. — Robert “Bob” L. Smith, 70, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
He was born September 1, 1942, in Boston, Mass. a son of the late Ernest and Helen (Cook) Smith, and grew up in Roxbury, Mass. where he attended school. After finishing school Bob worked for several different companies, including a candy company that made Rollo candies and later owned his own printing company, but had to sell it due to an allergy to the dyes used there. He married Stella Gusha and together they lived in Boston briefly and started a family before moving to the Upper Valley where he has lived since. That marriage ended in divorce, and Bob later met Debra Kerr and they were married on August 29, 1982, in Lebanon. Upon moving to the Upper Valley, Bob again worked for several different companies including Thermal Dynamics, Universal Tool and later drove for Newface Taxi.
When he was younger Bob enjoyed hunting and more recently enjoyed playing computer games, watching the news, talking politics and spending time with his family, especially going on family picnics. Bob was also very proud to have belonged to AA and lived the AA life, being sober for 32 years.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Annette Smith; a brother, Donald Smith; as well as his beloved cat, Tweet; and dog, Herky.
Bob is survived by his wife, Debra, of White River Jct.; a son, Justin Smith, of Warren, N.H.; three daughters, Amanda Smith, of Lebanon, Judith Smith, of Wilder, Vt. and Roberta Darling of Wilder; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Smith, of Canyonville, Ore.; a brother, Bert Smith, of Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
At Bob’s request there will be no calling hours. At a later date a Celebratory Barbecue of his Life will be announced. Messages of Sympathy for the family can be left at www.rickerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donation in his memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or the charity of one’s choice.