1952 – 2021
Danielson – Donald W. Smith, 69, of Danielson, passed away November 23, 2021, at Hartford Hospital. Born January 6, 1952 in Willimantic, CT, and raised in Pomfret, CT, he was the son of the late Bernard and Lorraine (Michaud) Smith.
Don graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Communications and went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from the Hartford Graduate Center. He worked for many years in higher education at the Hartford Graduate Center, primarily in communications. He concluded his career at Pratt & Whitney, working on employee development. Don excelled in his profession by utilizing his exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Don had several hobbies that he enjoyed throughout his life. He spent many years golfing and fishing with close friends and family members. He was an avid card player, and especially enjoyed playing cribbage with his two daughters. Don was a lover of sports. He played baseball during his time at Pomfret School and enjoyed rooting for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. He had a true passion for writing, often journaling and writing short stories or song lyrics. Don also loved to dance and would never pass up a good slow dance. Later in life, he spent much of his time with a group of friends that referred to themselves as The ROMEO’s “Retired Old Men Eating Out”. To Don’s loved ones, he will always be remembered as a funny, kind, and loving man.
Don is survived by his partner Janet Herrmann of Danielson; two daughters, Jami M. Smith and her husband Brian Creamer of Haddon Township, NJ, and Leah C. Caruso and her husband Stephen of Needham, MA. He is also survived by two sisters Christine M. Smith of Woodstock and Jane E. SmithRuta and her husband Christopher of Dayville; 4 granddaughters: Myla Caruso, Everly Caruso, and stepgranddaughters Jayla Creamer and Amita Creamer; and several beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Don’s family from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021, in Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church Street, Putnam, CT. A funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 4, 2021, in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Road, Pomfret, CT. Memorial donations may be made to Pomfret School, 398 Pomfret Street, PO Box 128, Pomfret, CT 06258 or the ASPCA (www.aspca.org) in honor of the many dogs that left a lasting impression on his life. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.