Eric H. Smith
Eric H. Smith, 92, husband of Jean Wade Smith of 46
Argilla Road, Ipswich died Saturday November 20, 2021, surrounded by his
loving family. Eric passed away at the Ledgewood Rehabilitation Center in
Beverly following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Prior to
Ledgewood, he had lived at the Residence at Riverbend in Ipswich for four
Eric was born in Newburgh, NY on May 21, 1929, the
son of the late Ernest and Nellie (Nunn) Smith. He was raised in Cornwall,
NY where he was a 1946 graduate of Cornwall High school and a 1947
graduate of the Storm King School. He graduated from Union College in 1951
with a BA in Economics. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. While at Union
Eric was very involved in sports and was instrumental in making soccer a
varsity sport there. He helped form their soccer team and served as its
captain in its second year. He went on to play semi-professional soccer in
both Schenectady and San Jose.
Eric and Jean were married in 1951 and lived in
Schenectady, NY, San Jose, CA, and Westport CT before retiring to Hilton
Head Island, SC. He worked his entire career in public relations for
General Electric, retiring in 1988.
Eric was a gifted athlete and enjoyed various
sports throughout his lifetime. He umpired Little League Baseball and
coached youth soccer. Eric took up tennis in his 50’s and played several
times a week while he was a member of the Sea Pines Country Club. In
retirement, he participated in the South Carolina Senior Olympics and won
several medals in swimming, tennis, and softball.
He enjoyed playing bridge and loved music,
especially Frank Sinatra. He summered for over 40 years in his lake front
home in upstate NY. As his Alzheimer’s Disease progressed, music became
the way to engage him. He enjoyed attending concerts at Riverbend, often
sitting in the front row and joining along in singing all the songs.
In addition to his loving wife Jean of seventy
years, he is survived by his son, Bruce Smith of Bethel, CT, his
daughters, Nancy Nevius of Springfield, OH and his daughter, Jodi Smith of
Ipswich. He had three grandchildren, Erin Nemec of Chicago, Scott Nevius
of Cincinnati, OH, and Stephen Nevius of Mason, OH, three great grandsons,
one great granddaughter as well as his brother, Lawrence of Bloomfield,
CT. Eric was the brother of the late Winifred Mazzarelli.
Private funeral arrangements are under the
direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.
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