Lawrence — Robert “Bob” Smith, 86, passed away Sunday, March 31, with his family by his side at Lawrence General Hospital. He was the loving husband of Catherine “Kay” Harper Smith with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born January 21, 1927, he was the son of the late James and Marian Smith and spent his childhood in Shirley, Mass. His last residence was Marguerite’s House in Lawrence, and before that he and Kay lived for many years in Haverhill.
Bob proudly served in the US Navy during WW II on active sea duty. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education from Fitchburg State Teachers College graduating in 1951. Bob’s desire to teach and his love of the outdoors drew him into the scouting profession. His earlier accomplishment of being the youngest to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout exemplified his desired scouting career. He graduated from the National Scouting Training school and became an executive for the Boy Scouts of America until his retirement in 1987 from the Moby Dick Council in New Bedford, Mass. The span of his career began in the Fitchburg, MA Council then to the Northern Essex Council in Lawrence, for 16 years where he and Kay raised their family in North Andover. Bob’s unwavering dedication helped many young men achieve their fullest potential of preparedness as they began their life’s journey.
Bob’s natural athletic ability led him to participate in sports throughout high school and college. If golfing was a sanctioned sport at that time he would have been scouted. His love for the game covered a 60 year span. In his retirement he found his next calling in cutting the greens and fairways at Crystal Springs Golf Course, Haverhill.
Bob and Kay started their love story in Hampton Beach, N.H. After retirement they enjoyed being Florida snowbirds. Their amazing devotion to one another was clearly a true testament of their special love.
Bob and Kay loved having their children and grandchildren around and happily accepted the babysitting that came along with it. Grandpa could do the best duck call you ever heard. He not only was he a wonderful husband and father but a great friend to many.
Besides his wife of more than 60 years, he is survived by his daughters Linda Pineau and her husband Raymond of Windham, N.H., Diane Crean and her husband Robert of Salem, Mass., Karen Knuepfer and her husband Stephen of North Andover, Mass., son Robert F. Smith and his friend Heidi of Stark, Maine. He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren Amanda Lyons, Erin Russell, Jeffrey and James Smith, Andrew and Catherine Knuepfer and great grandchildren Brayden and Mikayla Lyons.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Church in North Andover. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Sunday, April 7 from 1to 5 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover, MA, 01845. To leave on-line condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to The Yankee Clipper Council BSA, 36 Amesbury Rd., Haverhill, MA, 01830; or Marguerite’s House, 189 Maple St., Lawrence, MA, 01841.