1939 – 2020
Putnam – Alan “Al” Smat, 81, of Addison St., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of Marian (Cassettari) Smat. Born in Bristol, CT, he was the son of the late Anthony and Estelle (Lamothe) Smat.
Mr. Smat taught school first at Pomfret Community School. He then went on to help positively shape the young lives of many students as a Band Director, Audio Visual Director and as a Math teacher for Tourtellotte Memorial High School, retiring in 1998. In his retirement, he started working part-time for the Gilman and Valade Funeral Home as a Funeral Assistant up until his passing.
Al was a communicant and active member of Saint Mary Church of the Visitation where he married Marian on August 17, 1963. He spent a lot of time volunteering on several of their committees, such as the property committee and the choir. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Cargill Council where he was the treasurer since 2010 and proudly earned his 4th degree Knighthood. Many will fondly remember Al as a member of the “Little Big Band” where he was a talented saxophone player. He enjoyed doing puzzles, listening to music, photography, and was a very talented woodworker. Above all, he especially loved spending time with his family and getting together with them at Ogunquit, ME where he enjoyed the beach with his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren. They will treasure those memories with him.
In addition to his wife, Al is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Smat and his wife Karleen of Brunswick, ME, Peter A. Smat and his wife Nicole of Hampton, CT; his daughter, Lana Trudo and her husband Peter of Pomfret; his sister, Shirley Mercieri and her husband John of Burlington, CT; his grandchildren, Ryan Smat, Nicholas Smat, Taylor Smat, Hannah Trudo, Sydney Trudo, Alan Smat, Petra Smat, and Cole Smat; and his great-granddaughter, Mia Smat.
Visiting hours and a Mass of Christian Burial will take place in the Spring at a day and time to be announced. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church of the Visitation, P.O. Box 665, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.