Obituaries

Robert J. Smith

November 29th, 2016

Robert J. Smith – Born in Winchester, MA and raised in Wilmington, MA. He was the loving son of Robert and Josephine (Hardy) Smith, who predeceased him. Robert graduated from Wilmington High School in 1965, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College, and a Master’s Degree from Boston College, all with honors. He also earned his certifications in Programming from Honeywell Institute and in Project Management from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was married to Trudy (Montuori) in March, 1970, and has one son, Kevin, and two grandchildren, Skyler and Chandler Smith, of Saugus, MA.

Following college, Robert worked for 26 years for New England Telephone, now Verizon, as a manager with varied assignments in Computer/Technical Support, Project Management and Human Resources responsible for college recruiting. He taught recruiting techniques to other Bell subsidiaries throughout the country. His final assignment took him to New York where he was responsible for a large scale consolidation project.

In 1997, Robert opted for early retirement from New England Telephone and joined First Data Corporation as Director of Operations, in Daytona Beach, FL. He was responsible for the innovative start-up project, which included overseeing construction and eventual staffing and training of personnel to service all Sprint customers for directory assistance.

Robert completed his professional career as Director-Nielsen Media Research, overseeing approximately 2200 employees in Dunedin and Oldsmar, FL, and in Kentucky. He retired from Nielsen in 2008.

Robert inspired all who knew him. He never stopped learning and was a student of history, literature, politics, and most especially classical music, from its origins in early church music to present day composers. He loved sailing in Ipswich, Rockport, and Gloucester during summers. He was an avid traveler, and with Trudy, visited many Caribbean countries and Bermuda. Their last most memorable trip was to Ireland.

Most importantly, Robert was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was a wonderful husband of 46 years, a great father to his son, Kevin, and a loving grandfather to Skyler and Chandler. He delighted in taking them to Disney World, the Kennedy Space Center, museums and aquariums, and to Nascar races in Daytona Beach. He loved watching them play baseball, both in Florida and Massachusetts. Bob was a dear brother to Elizabeth “Betty” Ozolins and her husband Armins of Essex, MA. He is also survived by his brother-in-law William Montuori and daughter-in-law Michelle Smith. He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to a Charity on One’s Choice.

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8 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert J. Smith”

  1. Karin Smith says:

    Bob was the most personable boss I’ve had through my career at Nielsen. He knew everyone by name and always made a point to wish them a happy birthday. You don’t have too many bosses who recognize you and appreciate everything you do. You will be missed by all the lives that you touched.

    God Bless you..

  2. Beverly Mercer OConnell says:

    Dear Trudy, I just learned of Bob’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss and for the rest of your family. I hope your happy memories comfort you in the days to come. I know this is a very difficult time of year to lose someone as you revisit it each year at a particularly difficult time. Thinking of you, Bev

  3. Terry. McKenna says:

    Betty I’m very sorry to hear about your brother Bobby passing away He will be greatly missed by You,Armins and his Family

  4. Dolores Pelletier says:

    Trudy. So sorry to hear the sad news. Just want you to know that I’m thinking of you and your family and sending you love and prayers.

  5. Linda Arsenault Hall says:

    Dear Trudy;
    I was deeply saddened to read about Bob’s passing. My condolences to you, Kevin, the entire Smith family. I just want you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time.
    Linda

  6. Linda Arsenault Hall says:

    Betty:
    My deepest condolences to you and your family, on the passing of your brother Bob. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you travel this path in life’s journey. It was one that I took almost 50 years ago, and while not one that I would have chosen, time does make it easier to walk.
    Linda

  7. Chaplain Cynthia (Enos) Chancholo says:

    Betty:

    Sincere sympathy to you as you grieve the passing of your brother Bob. It is so difficult to lose those we love; for although we know they are at peace we long for the physicality of their presence to be with us. As I write this to you, I remember the sweet story you told me about my mother when I saw you at the cemetery as I visited her grave. It was about the time you and Bob were Christmas shopping at Simons Department Store in the Plaza and my mother helped you with gifts for your parents. I was so grief-filled as my mother had just gone to heaven a few months prior to running into you and that story carry me for a long time….it meant so much to me. Now as Christmas approaches, it is my turn to reach out to you my fellow classmate. Know that you will be in my prayers as I walk the corridors of the hospital as a chaplain, at Mass, and when I am in private prayer at home. May God grant you His peace and the peace we can only obtain through Him.

    Abundant Blessings my friend,
    Cynthia (Enos) Chancholo

  8. Doug & Bette Dayton says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Trudy, Kevin, Bill and Family with the loss of Bob. While we could not be there with you today, we were there with you in spirit and prayers. The loss of a loved one is painful to the mind and body but time does heal all pain and you are left with memories of Bob and your times together. Memories live on with each of you forever. Bob was a longtime friend of Bette’s and mine since high school and we will miss him as well, but we still have the memories of our times together and I have to say that we were given a great opportunity to visit with Bob, Trudy, Kevin, Billy and there two grandsons this past summer. We had a wonderful time with great stories and fond memories. So now it is time for Bob to be at rest and peace in the afterlife. So until we meet again someday, God bless the Smith family today and forever. We love you all Doug & Bette.

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