Manville D. Smith Jr.
August 13, 1939 – May 25, 2019
Manville Delevan Smith, Jr. of Boca Raton, Florida died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on Saturday afternoon, May 25, 2019. He was 79 years of age.
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Manville grew up in Peru, graduated from Markham College, and earned a Master’s in Economics from the Catholic University in Lima, Perú. He enjoyed a successful and distinguished business career. Manville started as a Telex operator in 3M’s Peru office, soon earning a position in sales and catching the eye of 3M executives in the U.S. In the span of a decade, he became a rising star in 3M’s International division, with the responsibility of managing 3M operations in Central America and Colombia. In the 1980s he was recruited by Parker Pen to head their Writing Instrument Group. Later, his leadership skills and business wisdom led to executive leadership roles in human capital consulting.
Manville was a generous and patient mentor. People who know about him recognize that he was brilliant, fair, honest, and compassionate. Those who knew him most closely were immersed in his warmth, generosity and humility. What Manville would want you to know about him is that he had a quick, dry wit. He was a strategist, which carried over to his take-no-prisoners chess and Scrabble (in his second language). He spoke grammatically flawless English as a result of a lifetime of insatiable reading. He also was a music aficionado who favored classical and jazz. A true renaissance man, he was a diehard soccer fan who never missed a World Cup. An avid cook, he delighted in treating his family on Sundays to his special recipes of aji de gallina, lasagna, paella, his own creation, “Pasta a la Manville,” and countless other mouth-watering and beautifully presented dishes. With his delicious food as bait, he drew his family together to share many precious moments.
Though much of his business career was spent in an airplane, Manville enjoyed travel in his downtime, too. An anglophile, he frequented London, cruised the Caribbean to snorkel, explored volcanoes in Costa Rica, visited his native South America, and browsed the museums and art galleries of Europe. Paradoxically, he was quite the homebody and just as happy to be reading, taking a dip in the pool, connecting with friends, and relaxing with his family and cat.
A celebration of Manville’s remarkable, fulfilled life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2-6 pm, at Babione Funeral home, 10060 Calle Comercio, Boca Raton, FL 33428.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation South Florida Chapter, secure3.convio.net/prkorg/site/SPageNavigator/2017_donate_form_2.html or (800)473-4636.
- Bonnie Lynne Smith, Wife
- Stephanie Lynne Smith, Daughter
- Manville Smith III, Son
- Ellen Smith, Daughter-in-law
- Manville Smith IV, Grandson
- Caroline Smith, Granddaughter
- Lourdes Maurer, Sister
- Willy Maurer, Brother-in-law
- Lourdes Lina Maurer, Niece
- Patricia Maurer, Niece
- Willy Anthony Maurer, Nephew
- Cheryl Maurer, Niece-in-law
- Alessandra Ferrand, Grandniece
- Chelsea Maurer, Grandniece
- Ciara Maurer, Grandniece
- Cailyn Maurer, Grandniece
- Sebastien Brayshaw, Grandnephew
- Giana Luca Pace, Great-grandnephew
- Doyt Allen, Greatj-grandnephew
- Visitation Saturday, June 1, 2019
Manville D. Smith Jr.
June 7, 2019
Manville was my manager during one of Spherion's transition phases. I came to know him as a man of grace and courage and as a leader I could trust. He could find clarity in the midst of uncertainty, creating an environment for this front line person to continue on with hope.
June 4, 2019
Bonnie, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Manville was an extraordinary man. He had many gifts including a keen intellect and a deep understanding of human nature, and he used them to great benefit in whatever endeavor he undertook. He was a superb teacher and a wise leader. He was a wonderful boss and mentor and I feel privileged to have known him.
Manville was old-world and new-order all rolled into one man. He had a generous spirit and always seemed to know when someone needed a lift or an honest opinion. Never at a loss for words, Manville often withheld his own to listen and learn what was important to others. He was respectful of everyone and greatly respected by all of us who worked with him.
Manville will touch the future for many years in the lives of those whose lives he touched.
June 3, 2019
Manville - should we meet again in a place we call Heaven, it will be a blessing to all of use who knew, respected and loved you. You were a gift to our lives.
June 3, 2019
With deepest sympathy for your loss Bonnie and family.
Manville was a wonderful boss and mentor who led our consulting group through challenging times (on more than one occasion). He was an amazing leader who was respected by his colleagues for his fairness, honesty, and thoughtfulness. He treated everyone with dignity and respect, always having the best interests of his team at heart.
I will remember Manville's humor, his composure under fire, his incredible vocabulary (that had me reaching for the dictionary on more than one occasion) and his vision. It was a pleasure to have known and worked with this amazing human being.
May 31, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Bonnie and the family. Manville was one of the finest people that I have known. I will forever value his wisdom and leadership. I loved his candor and practical approach to most everything. He really was a renaissance man. There were few topics he couldn’t engage in and teach you something about. It was a pleasure and honor to have known and worked with him.
“Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful ......enter into the joy of your master”
May 29, 2019
My deepest condolences to Bonnie and the entire Smith family. A finer man you will never find. Manville was the consummate professional and a wonderful leader.
I have such fond memories of working with Manville. He will be missed by all he came in contact with during his career.
May 28, 2019
My deepest condolences to Bonnie and the family on the passing of Manville. He was a tremendous mentor and colleague and all around great person. I will always be indebted to him for giving me an opportunity at Spherion to spread my wings and fly in sales. I learned so many things from him. His kindness and generosity along with his genuine care of others made him a pied piper that everyone would gladly follow - a true leader in every sense of the word. I am sure he is now coaching the angels to achieve their full potential like he did so many of us here on Earth. He will always hold a special place in my heart.
May 28, 2019
Manville was a true gentleman--he was one of the kindest people I've ever known. But he was more than just kind--he genuinely tried to understand people and work with them even when there was plenty of crazy going on. He also had a delicious sense of humor, which I remember fondly (like sending me a copy of Machiavelli when I just couldn't understand corporate politics). Rest well Manville, you've earned it my friend.
May 28, 2019
Manville was a kind and considerate person...a true gentleman. I was fortunate to have the chance to work with him at Spherion. I know he will truly be missed by all who knew him.
May 28, 2019
What a wonderful man! Always smiling and always so nice and very friendly to me.
I have fond memories of Mr. Smith. The world has lost a good man and a kind soul.
Rest in peace Mr. Smith. I hope that your family finds comfort in your love, your memory and your legacy.