Robert C. Smith, Mechanic And Veteran

December 02, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert Clarence Smith, a retired mechanic and a World War II infantryman, died of heart disease Nov. 24 at Heart Homes Lutherville, an assisted-living facility. He was 87.

Mr. Smith was born in Baltimore and raised in Cockeysville. He attended Baltimore County public schools.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served with an infantry unit in Europe. He landed at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Discharged with the rank of private at war's end, Mr. Smith returned to Baltimore and went to work at Carter's Furniture, eventually becoming a master upholsterer.

He later worked as a mechanic for 20 years at the Diecraft division of Bausch & Lomb in Sparks. He retired in the early 1980s.

After retiring, he worked delivering flowers for several years for a Cockeysville florist.

Mr. Smith, who lived on Cuba Road in Cockeysville for many years, was an avid tenpin bowler and was a member of several bowling leagues.

He also looked forward to weekly Sunday dinners at his home, where he prepared meals for family members, including his signature dish - macaroni and cheese.

His wife of 27 years, the former Peggy Johnson, died in 1972.

Mr. Smith was a 50-year communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Surviving are three sons, David Smith and Kevin Smith, both of Cockeysville, and Rodney Smith of Cape Coral, Fla.; two brothers, Joseph Smith and Charles Smith, both of Cockeysville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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