Robert W. Smith

December 29, 1923March 3, 2013

Uncasville – Robert W. Smith, 89, of Uncasville died unexpectedly at L&M Hospital on Sunday, March 3, 2013. He was born on December 29, 1923, in Parryville, PA, to the late Howard and Mary (Brown) Smith. On June 7, 1946, he married his beloved wife Dorothy (Wendt) at their home in Uncasville. She predeceased him in August of 1991. Mr. Smith graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1946 (Class of 1947) and served from 1946 to 1967. His last duty station while on active duty was at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London as its Comptroller. He then worked as the financial director of the City of New London for 19 years and upon retirement from that position went on to hold the same position, as finance director, with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe for 5 years. He was an original member of the Southeastern CT Water Authority Board of Directors from when it was founded in the mid 1960’s, going on to serve for more than thirty years. In addition, his service to the community included a term on the Montville Board of Education. In 1969 he and his wife became the founding members of the Montville Historical Society. He was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star and a 32nd degree Mason. However, he was most proud of being an original charter member of the Montville Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Service Award. He was a golfer and as his daughter Julia neared 10 years of age his father-daughter time consisted of teaching her the game. He was in all matters a true gentleman and will be missed by many. Robert is survived by his daughter Julia Traver; one brother, Rev. Richard Smith of Florida; one sister, Elaine Heintzelman of North Carolina; cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by one daughter, Robin Smith, DVM, and his granddaughter, Verity Traver. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Mark Lutheran Church on Broadway in Norwich at 11:00 AM. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, St. Mark Lutheran Church, or The Nature Conservancy. To leave an online condolence, please visit


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Lorraine Elliott

March 11, 2013

Bob was a wonderful fun man to talk with and spend time with i will miss him as i miss his wife it is a sad day in montville

Rit & Eve Manthous

March 11, 2013

I met Bob & his wife while both of us served on the Board of Education, and was surprised to learn that we both graduated from CGA. He was totally committed to improving the education system of Montville without any political concerns. A marvelous gentleman. He will be missed. May his memory be eternal.

Leonard & Cecile Tyl

March 10, 2013

Through the years I have worked with Bob on many activities because of his many involvements in community affairs. He was a doer and a mover, always prepared and ready to help and to assume a leadership role. Cecile and I treasured his friendship and his usual cheerful greeting. He will be missed by us and the the town of Montville. We offer our deepest condolences to Julia and Bob's family at this time of the loss of their loved one. .

Mary Clark-Wilson

March 7, 2013

Bob, was a wonderful man, I first meet him in the early 80's. When I needed someone to work the poll's for me, I could always count on Bob to help, I will miss him greatly.

American Heart Association

March 7, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Jean Burrows

March 7, 2013

You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I'm so glad to have that picture of your Dad taken with me the last time he was here.

Kevin Ryan

March 6, 2013

I have known Bob from Rotary and while teaching with him at the University of New Haven in Groton. He has always been a gentleman and very thoughtfull about others. He also had a great sense of humor enjoying a good joke. He will be missed. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the service on Saturday. My thoughts are with you Jula during this difficult time.


March 6, 2013

I first made Bob's acquaintance while doing business with the City of New London in the 80's, then worked with and maintained contact with him throughout the 90's and 2000's at the Mashantucket reservation. To me and everyone who knew him Bob radiated a warmth of personality and vitality; and we all understood that this good man genuinely cared about others.

Keri Burrows

March 6, 2013

I will sorely miss my much-beloved "alternative father," but take comfort that he is now united with Dorothy, Robin, and Verity.