1922 – 2017
Brooklyn – Daniel G. Smithwick, Jr., 95, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Gladys L. (Berggren) Smithwick and the late Shirley E. (Ahlberg) Smithwick. Born in Middletown, CT, he was the son of the late Daniel G. Smithwick, Sr. and Mabel E. (Anderson) Smithwick.
Mr. Smithwick graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown and received a degree from the University of Hartford. During the 2nd World War, he worked for the United States military installing the new invention, RADAR, at facilities in Canada and the U.S.A. After WWII, he and his brother, Jack Smithwick, built houses in Middletown. He then went on to teach electronics at the Ward School of Electronics on Niles Street in Hartford. The Ward School became part of the University of Hartford where he was an associate professor until his retirement in 1978. During his early years in the electronics field, he worked for Joe’s Television and Appliance Store in Meriden where he repaired televisions and even made house calls. After he retired, he and his second wife Shirley moved to Vermont. They also had a second home on Cape Cod.
In the late 1940’s, Daniel had one of the first television sets in Middletown. He invited friends and family to his home where he set up bleachers in his backyard for them to see the new invention by watching the broadcast of a prize fight.
Daniel moved back to Connecticut in September of 2014. He went to Pierce Baptist Memorial Nursing Home in Brooklyn in 2015, where he remained until going to Day Kimball Hospital on April 28, 2017.
Daniel is survived by his son, Daniel G. Smithwick, III and his wife Susan (Eldridge) Smithwick of Eastford; his daughter, Pamela A. Benson and her husband Attorney Charles H. Benson of Niantic; son in law Bernard Schnurbush of Middletown; five grandchildren Ryan Smithwick and his wife Jennifer of Lebanon, Kevin Smithwick and his fiancé Julie Sokoloski of Chaplin, Daniel Schnurbush and his wife Barbara of E. Wakefield, NH, Brian Schnurbush of Portland, and Brenda Schnurbush of Middletown; and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother John “Jack” Smithwick and his wife Helen; and his daughter Diane L. Schnurbush.
As per Daniels wishes, there will be no services. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.