Janet E. Buckley-Smith

June 20, 1938November 1, 2012

Janet E. Buckley-Smith, age 74, of Tiverton, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 1, 2012. She was the wife of Edward D. Smith to whom she had been married for 29 years.

Born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Edmund and Ruth (Greenwood) Buckley, Mrs. Smith was a 1956 graduate of BMC Durfee High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 1960.

Mrs. Smith was employed as an immigration Paralegal with Catholic Social Services in Fall River. Previously she was a Language Teacher in the Warwick School Department. She taught English, German, Russian, and French. She was an accomplished cellist and violinist who played with the Fall River Symphony Orchestra since she was in Jr. High and was also a longtime member of the Warwick Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Smith was a warden at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where she organized the youth group and played her violin during services. She loved traveling overseas. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and was a season ticket holder for over 40 years. She was also a fan of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a sister; Deborah A. Brillo and her husband Michael of Assonet and a brother; Robert G. Buckley and his wife Corrine of MA, brother in law; James L. Young of VT and several nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late Meredyth J. Young.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 11:00AM, in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 315 Warren St., Fall River. Arrangements are in the care of the WARING-SULLIVAN HOMES OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT CHERRY PLACE. In lieu of flowers contributions in her honor may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 315 Warren St., Fall River, MA 02721 or to Forever Paws, 300 Lynwood St., Fall River, MA 02721. Burial private.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Ron Petrarca

September 8, 2013

Janet was my German teacher from 1989 (when the Berlin wall fell) until I graduated in 1993. She was the only teacher I ever respected or liked. She taught me more about history and literature than even my professors in college, and, in fact, she wrote one of my recommendations to college. I am very sad to hear that she has passed. She was probably the smartest person that I have ever known.

Robert Labounty

April 17, 2013

My Tribute to Janet Buckley Smith
By Rev Robert S. Labounty

In June 1953, a very wonderful and blessed thing happened to me. It was not
of my own making, and I sincerely count it as one of Gods good gifts to me.
Janet Buckley invited me to a accompany her to the graduation Morton Jr High Without hesitation, I gladly,gratefully and proudly accepted her invitation.

All through my days at Morton Junior High, I was bravely struggling to overcome the negative effects of becoming more and more blind. I could almost never see anybody clearly enough to recognize him or her, and never experienced being able to make eye contact. I was committed to leaving home, friends and community, to complete high school at the Perkins School for the Blind in the Boston area. There would be school on Saturday morning, and slim opportunities to come home on a weekend.

Being with Janet that day, felt so good and right and encouraging. I have a very clear recollection of sitting together on the Bedford and County bus in pleasant conversation and wishing fervently that it wouldn't have to end so soon. Too soon we got off the bus at Barnes St where I lived, and she was walking the block to Bosley St. where she was to have supper with her
grandmother. I never saw her again. Nevertheless, the goodness of her character,and the gracious way in which she honored me, lived on in my heart, inspired me and gave me hope.

During the past couple of years, I have very intentionally tried to find out how to connect. I wanted to thank her with all my heart for that day, find out about her life and career, and proudly share my own.

At the end of November, I was informed by my good friend, Keith Wright she had died. During the past months, I have shed many tears.

I offer my sincere condolences to Janet's widowed husband, her family and friends.

Dieudonne and Wilson Thadal

December 5, 2012

Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts. We love and and miss you. She will truly be missed.

Neale Garnett-Turgeon

November 11, 2012

So awfully sad to hear of Janet's passing. She took me backpacking throughout Europe in the summer of 1975 and worked with my mom Norma Garnett at TollGate High School in the foreign language department. She was such an outstanding and wonderful woman!

Nancy Garnett-Thomas

November 10, 2012

What can I say about Janet? I got to go to Europe with her......traveling from Scotland to Yugoslavia by volkswagon van and camping. She was so valued by my mom, Norma Garnett, at Toll Gate High School, both as a treasured friend and co-worker. When I was getting married she gave me a piece of the Berlin Wall. What I thought at first was just a chunk of concrete is now one of my most precious possessions. My thoughts are with her family and her beloved Ted!!!!! I will never forget her!!!!!

Susan Lee

November 10, 2012

Dear Ted, Debbie, Mike, and the whole family, all of us at St. Luke's Church offer our deepest condolences. Janet was a unique and remarkable individual with talents in so many things. She graced our services with her violin and cello music, and the beauty she gave us will be greatly missed. She served as a Lector, on our Vestry, and as our Warden for many years. She served the youth of our church with great faithfulness, week in and week out, baking cookies, talking to kids, helping with homework, painting Russian eggs, and just being there. She helped many, many members of the Cambodian community with immigration and citizen matters, helping reunite families long separated and integrating them into our American nation. Most of all, she had a bright intelligence and a witty sense of humor that will never be replaced. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. For the church, the Rev. Susan Lee

Marj Dutilly

November 9, 2012

Shared a stand in the cello section of the Warwick Symphony Orchestra with Janet for 3 seasons. She was a joy to share music with, and taught me a great deal ! I still have a Fisherman's Friend tin she brought back from China back in 2002.My husband's company relocated us to Florida in 03 but whenever I was in touch with RI friends, would ask them to give Janet my regards! What a wonderful lady! She will be missed! Sincerely, Marj Dutilly

Catherine Gagnon

November 9, 2012

The Warwick Symphony, its membership and administration, send our most sincere condolences to your family! Janet was a very valued member of our ensemble and her passing has made a major impact on us all. We have been lucky in the past few days to share some wonderful stories and memories of Janet, but we will continue to feel her loss for much time to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

November 7, 2012

Ted, Debbie,Mike and the whole Buckley family. So sorry to read about the passing of Janet. She was such a nice person to everyone. I know she is going to be missed by a lot of people including us. Ronnie and Blackie

November 6, 2012

Sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Janet, knew her through my assocation with Bob and Meredith in my early years while living on Pleasant street. Although she was slightly older than us I remember how talented she was musically and how that followed her throughout her lifetime accomplishments. Accept my condolescences, Frank Cotter and sister Lindy.