A Dedicated Family Man and a Fun-Loving Friend
V. Weaver (Bud) Smith, Jr., 92, of New Providence, New Jersey, formerly of Hope Valley, R.I. and Westfield, N.J, died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 surrounded by loving family.
He was a wonderful husband, loving father and brother, cherished uncle, great-uncle and friend. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret L. (Meg) Smith of Fanwood, N.J.; his sister, Martha S. Widner of Westbury, N.Y.; sister-in-law Anne L. Pennock of Olmsted Falls, O.H.; nieces Patricia, Anne, Mary, nephews Bob and Charles; and his great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jane Linton Smith, his infant sister, Joan, and his brother, 2nd LT Elmore C. Smith. Bud was, and the family is, very appreciative of the compassionate support and care provided by “adopted” nephew Charles M. Banks.
Born in College Point, Queens, New York in 1925, Bud was raised there, as well as in Muncie, Indiana, Scarsdale, New York and on Fire Island, New York. Bud attended the Pennsylvania State University and joined The Lummus Company in the petro-chemical construction industry. Bud travelled extensively in the U.S. to the company’s oil refinery and plant construction sites and was later based at the company’s Bloomfield, N.J. headquarters in the procurement group where he remained until retirement.
Bud and Jane enjoyed wonderful opportunities to travel via car, train, and ship to visit with friends near and far. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a transatlantic cruise. Jane and Bud started their life together in Hartsdale, N.Y. and moved to Westfield, N.J. in 1960. Their joyful retirement years in Hope Valley began in 1988, a place that family and friends loved to visit. Bud loved the ocean and all things maritime, sitting by fireplaces, and was an avid football fan, Lionel train collector, bridge player, and golfer.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 414 East Broad Street, Westfield, N.J. followed by burial in The Garth. Arrangements are being handled by Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home in Chatham, N.J.
Memorial donations may be made to the New Providence Fire Department Hose Company No. 1, P.O. Box 671, New Providence, N.J. 07974; New Providence EMS, 7 Academy Street, New Providence, N.J. 07974; or Homeside Hospice, 67 Walnut Ave # 205, Clark, N.J. 07066.