1934 – 2016
R. Howard Smith passed peacefully from this earth on November 18, 2016 while on vacation in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod. He was 82 years old. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Genevieve, of Dayville, CT; his daughters, C. Kelly Smith of Providence, RI and Ellen Pratt of Danielson, CT; his son-in-law, Kevin Pratt, of Danielson; and his grandchildren, Sedona Pratt and Bryce Pratt, both of Danielson. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn White of Middleboro, MA and FL, and her husband, Edwin; his niece, Jennifer Heine of Hanson, MA and nephew, Christopher White of Furlong PA; and his West Coast nieces, Karen Smith of Sacramento, CA and Toni Smith of Portland, OR. Howard was predeceased by his brother David, a physician in Anaheim, CA, who died tragically in a plane crash in 1964.
Howard was born on April 20, 1934 in Paterson, NJ to Ona Mae and Walter B. Smith. In his teenage years, he was a member of the 1949 national championship New Jersey Civil Air Patrol Cadet drill team. After serving in the Army in Europe during the Korean War, Howard graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in education and from Parsons School of Design with a degree in interior architecture and design, which he practiced for 13 years in northern New Jersey. Howard served as Borough Council member, Council President, and Mayor of Bloomingdale, NJ.
Howard moved to northeast CT in 1973 along with his young family and parents. There he began his real estate career. He worked with Petrowsky Real Estate before forming his own real estate firm. As a broker, Howard specialized in commercial, industrial, and investment real estate. He was also a respected real estate appraiser. Howard was heavily invested in his community, serving as President of the Northeast Connecticut Board of Realtors, a Director of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Day Kimball Hospital, Chairman of the Killingly (CT) Water Pollution Control Authority, and member of the Board of the East Killingly Fire District. He was a frequent participant in town meetings until his retirement.
Howard had many interests during his life. He loved his family, the visual arts, organic gardening, history, beekeeping, boating and sailing, coastal Maine, UConn women’s basketball, and was passionate about woodworking late in his life. Arrangements are being handled by Gilman and Valade Funeral Home in Putnam, CT. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. For Memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com