Donald E. Smith
January 10, 1940 – April 27, 2021
Donald E. Smith of Newton, NJ passed away on April 27, 2021 at the age of 81, at Morristown Medical Center.
The son of the late Loretta (Miller) and Edward Smith, Don was born on January 10, 1940 in Scranton, PA. His family later moved to Newton, NJ. Don attended Newton High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force; he was honorably discharged in 1963. He was a member of the Newton Fire Dept. and was employed by the Morris Township Fire Department as a career fire fighter in 1973 until his promotion to Fire Inspector and retired in 1999.
Don was an avid train collector and loved to make Christmas train displays with Snow Villages. He loved sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed attending his son’s baseball and football games.
Don was predeceased by his wife, Linda (Dietz) Smith in 1988; and his son, Michael P. Smith in 2015. He is survived by his daughter, Julie (Lampe) and her husband, Ed Shinol; his grandchildren, Samantha and Anthony Shinol; as well, his step-daughter, Terry Auletta. A special acknowledgement to Don’s best friends, Bill Schmitz and Jeannie Pierson, Dale Pierson, as well special thanks to Cecil Kinsey and Rich Bird for being so helpful these last 2 years.
Memorial donations may be made to the NJ Fireman’s Home in Boonton NJ in Donald Smith’s name.
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrakenfuneralhome.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Donald E. Smith
Mary Louise Bishop
April 30, 2021
Donald was my first Cousin his dad Edward Smith was my dad Wyman Smiths brother. We use to visit a lot when we were kids . I was always intrigued by all the train displays he had . I sent him a birthday card back 8 ir 10 years ago and he was happy to hear from me. Use to call him once in a while then his phone did not work and it said his number was disconnected. Just found out where he was the beginning of April and I sent him a card and then I didn’t hear anything back so I looked up the number of the firemans home yesterday and they said I would have to call his daughter and I said I don’t know his daughter so they took my number called me back later and said his daughter would call me and she did. I was shocked to learn that he passed away Tuesday night April 27, 2021. Well I’m glad I made that call or I would have never known he passed away. So sorry for your loss Julie and so happy you called me. Thanks for taking care of him and may he rest in peace.