Joseph Francis Smith Sr.

October 11, 1939November 10, 2020

Joseph Francis Smith, Sr., 81, of East Hartford, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at his home. Born in Hartford on October 11, 1939, a son of the late Walter and Ruth (Chaput) Smith, he had been a resident of East Hartford for 65 years. Joe was a graduate of Bulkeley High School in Hartford, class of 1957 and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, Joe was employed for many years by General Dynamics as a Quality Control Engineer. Joe enjoyed volunteering at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor and loved gardening and working outside in his yard. He was a true animal lover and a sports enthusiast, and was an avid loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and UConn Women’s basketball. Most of all Joe cherished his time with his sons and grandchildren. Joe is survived by two sons, Joseph F. Smith, Jr. and his fiancée Lisa Ellis of Middletown, Vernon Scott Smith and his wife Bopha of Salem; seven grandchildren, Brian Smith and Joshua Smith both of Middletown, Jamie Page and his wife Monica of Glastonbury, Heidi Lissabet and her husband Ernesto of East Hartford, True Smith, Liberty Smith, and Nola Smith all of Salem; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife Joann and her husband Rex Bare who were the best of friends with Joe. In addition to his beloved parents, Joe was predeceased by two brothers, Walter Smith, Jr. of West Haven and Robert Smith of Cheshire. Private funeral service and burial with military honors will be at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. The D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


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Carol Zenczak

November 20, 2020

My dear friend who taught me everything there was to know about computers. He had such patience with me when I worked at the Trolley Museum and we shared so many laughs, lessons and frustrations. You will be missed dear friend, I could have never done any of my job without your guidance and I am forever thankful. To your family and friends, my deepest condolences, he was one of a kind. RIP Joe.

Fred Stroiney

November 20, 2020

Sad News about a dear friend. We both volunteered at the CT Trolley Museum and together with Carol Z., produced great materials and a great website for the Museum. The Winterfest Songbook was his favorite. Joe did the artistic work & the two of us enjoyed putting in our two cents which sometimes he agreed with & sometimes not :-). I will miss our emails back & forth about the Museum, WTIC and which one of us were really the oldest (both 81 in the same year). MISS YOU. Fred

John Thompson

November 16, 2020

Joe ( & Lisa) :
We heard about the death of your father from Jon Dayton, (another former I-Docker) , and we wanted to let you know that we are sharing your grief, in these most difficult times. When it seems that 2020, just can't get any worse, something like this happens.
Take care....our best,
John ( & Candy)

Judie Douglas

November 13, 2020

Met Joe years ago at the Saw Mill Pub. He would come in for lunch and I always told him too make algone. Started working at Raymond Eng. so I saw him alot. After we both left there we stayed in touch by call s and a few lunches, he always loved talking sbout his gardens and his cats.. Always sending Christmas Cards, I will miss them. I was so Blessed to have a friend like Joe. I am sure he is up stairs helping out with the gardens and Kittys. Thank You Joe, love you Judie

Thomas Collier

November 12, 2020

To Joe Smith & Family:

I was so sorry to hear of "Sir Robert's" passing. You treated him with great respect and I know he enjoyed your attention. I am thinking of your whole clan in this difficult time.



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