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Smith, Robert E.

Robert Ernest Smith, of Westwood, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. He was born on October 5, 1930, the son of Ernest and Violet Smith. Bob was a graduate of the Norfolk Agricultural School in Walpole. During the Korean War, he served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. Shortly after returning home, he married Pauline A. Brown, also of Westwood. Bob used his skills from the Aggie School to launch his own career in landscaping. In addition, he was also the long-time owner of Bob Smith Pools. During the winter months, he enjoyed selling Christmas trees and plowing snow. Bob was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Westwood. He taught Sunday School and served on various boards and committees. Bob was co-founder of Boy Scout Troop 3 at First Baptist as a way to encourage boys to not only experience outdoor adventures, but also to develop the necessary life skills to be good citizens in and out of the community. He especially enjoyed attending and participating in Courts of Honor and Eagle Scout Award ceremonies. Bob was always active in his community. He was a member of the Westwood Lions Club and participated in all activities that were of service to those in need. An avid Boston sports fan, Bob enjoyed attending games as well as watching them on television. Bob was always singing. He sang for over 60 years in the church choir, was very active in the Canton Barbershop Chorus and enjoyed many years singing in the Smith Brothers Quartet, a barbershop quartet he had with three of his brothers. In recent years, he enjoyed many hymn sings with his family, led by Alexa. Family was the most important thing in Bob’s life. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and in more recent years, his great-grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pauline; and his two daughters , Pam Morneau, and her husband John, of Brunswick, Maine, and Kim Poirier, and her husband Austin “Bill”, of Walpole, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Aaron Morneau and his wife Caitlin of Alexandria, Virginia; Jared Morneau and his wife Adrian, of Lewiston, Maine; Austin “Mike” Poirier, and his girlfriend Annie Elfar, of Boston, Massachusetts; Andrew Poirier, and his wife Erin, of Franklin, Massachusetts; and Bill Poirier, also of Franklin; and his three great-grandchildren, Aiden Morneau and Lily and Elise Poirier, all of whom were the loves of his life. Bob was the brother of Wayne Smith of Westwood, Gerald Smith, and his wife Bobbie, of Weymouth, Chester Smith of Westwood, and the late Earle Smith; and the brother -in-law of Constance Smith of Wrentham, the late Joyce Smith, and the late Sharon Smith. Bob was also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Burial with military honors will be private. When it is safe to gather, a date and time for celebrating Bob’s life will be shared. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Syngap Research Fund, 1270 Lincoln Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 or the Westwood Lions Club, P.O. Box 432 Westwood, MA 02090, both of which were near and dear to Bob’s heart.

Guestbook Entries

  1. August 21st, 2020 | 11:14 am

    We extend our sincere sympathies to the family of Bob Smith. His obituary represents his love of family, his ambitious work ethic and his love of life. His sense of humor always brought a smile. He will be missed by all who knew him. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you ❤️. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

  2. Joanne Bent
    August 21st, 2020 | 9:39 pm

    My sincere condolences to you all at this most difficult time. I have so many fond memories of Bob while I grew up with the First Baptist Church families. He was a great man and I will most remember his kindness and wonderful sense of humor.

  3. Bruce Cook
    August 22nd, 2020 | 11:00 am

    My heartfelt condolences to the family of Bob Smith. May God surround you with His love and peace. Bob leaves a wonderful legacy. I did not know him well, but always enjoyed our brief chats. I am a crossing guard in Westwood, and whenever Bob drove by me at my crosswalk, he always tooted his car horn and gave me a friendly wave. It’s memory for which I am thankful.

  4. Michael & Paula Poirier
    August 22nd, 2020 | 3:11 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family and for a truly wonderful human being. Bob was always inspiring to what ever the occasion or cause would be. We thank you for what you have done and what will be done because of you.

  5. Flaman Family
    August 24th, 2020 | 7:39 am

    With deepest sympathy to the Smith Flaman
    With love from the Flaman Family

  6. Leigh Clark
    August 24th, 2020 | 3:56 pm

    Sending the entire family my deepest condolences during this most difficult time.

  7. Roland/Ann Gosselin
    August 25th, 2020 | 4:18 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Pauline,Pam and John, Kim and Bill and their families, and the entire family. Truly blessed with the best in life in wife Pauline,devoted children and spouses,grandchildren and great grandchildren. He truly enjoyed these riches. Always had a story to make you smile and his was contagious.
    R I P Bob. You will be missed!❤️
    Ann and Roland

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