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Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

13 Beckwith Ln, Old Lyme, CT

OBITUARY

Gregory Raymond Smith

July 26, 1947April 10, 2020

Gregory Raymond Smith’s shining light went dark with his sudden passing April 11, 2020 at the winter home in Venice, Florida that he shared with his loving companion, Ruth Dillon Roach. He was born in New London, CT to his remarkable parents, Raymond and Linnea Smith, on July 26, 1947. He grew up in Old Lyme, graduating from Old Lyme High School in 1966, followed by his graduation from New Haven College. He then settled in Wethersfield, CT with his devoted wife of 35 years, Rose Donato, who pre-deceased him in 2012. He is survived by his loving nephew, Michael Rau and wife Chery, his in-laws, James Rau and Susan Donato Rau, along with Greg’s sister, Sharon Smith. Greg was a lifelong member of the Old Lyme Fire Department and had achieved lifetime status as a Brother Elk of Lodge 1784 in Westbrook.

His college career started with a full scholarship for his first love, baseball and included soccer. He was the Co-captain of the NHC’s soccer team 1968-69 and a charter member of Mu Kappa Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at NHC. Two weeks before reporting to the Cardinals Greg slipped in the shower, barely surviving, his dreams and arm shattered in glass. Following a lengthy recovery, Greg returned to school, competitive nature intact, and kicked field goals for the Charger’s football team.

After a very successful career in sales Greg retired in 2008 to stay with Rose and be her cheerleader and caregiver as she went through long and varied illnesses. Greg then went on to fulfill their dream of retiring to his childhood home in Old Lyme on Maple Lane. His ongoing passion for the New York Yankees was very evident in the décor of his home, requiring a large addition just so Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and several other idols were displayed to their best, and it was his pride and joy!

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service in Old Lyme, CT. A private graveside ceremony is planned for Greg at his family plot in Duck River Cemetery. In lieu of flowers we suggest donations to the OL fire Dept. or The American Heart Association. Due to the coronavirus, a celebration of Greg’s life will be announced at a later date.

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Priscilla White Hallman

May 3, 2020

Ruth and friends/family of Greg-

I came to know Greg through his parents when I lived on Lyme St. My children and I loved to go visit and they spoke so often of Greg. I later reconnected to Greg through Duey. Ruth, I am so glad that you two connected. I can only imagine the loss you and his close friends/family now feel. My prayers are with you.

Priscilla

Ruth Roach

April 30, 2020

We shared our lives for over 6 years and he was my best friend and my love. I will miss him everyday. To his many friends we will celebrate his life in a style befitting his larger than life personality as soon as the world finds it’s new normal. Stay safe and love each other!

Jacklyn Carney

April 26, 2020

Gregory Raymond Smith, my life long friend, I still can't believe you have left us!

We will forever hear your stories and your laughter, we will forever feel your genuine caring and most of all your endless phone calls!

I think Joe Barlow said it best......Your crazy antics were contagious but harmless, I'm so glad he shared his with us.

You were a great an caring friend, you will be missed by so many.........memories of Gregory Raymond Smith will live on in so many of us!

Rest in peace old friend, I'm sure you've reunited with Rose, Mom and Dad and of course "Stan the Man" by now!

Thanks for all the wonderful memories Greg, God surely has his hands full now..........till we all meet again👑❣

Joseph BARLOW

April 23, 2020

Greg:
Where did the years go? …... Seems like only yesterday we stood side by side for a picture on our first day of school......little was I aware on that day what lay ahead...………....the two weeks of detention I received in Jr High School after you dared me to call Mr Kehoe by his first name in front of the class...….or shoveling snow all winter to pay back the money I lost to you playing pool during the summer at the Firehouse......or upon removing the Skylight from the roof at the High School we discovered with great discretion there was also one above the girls locker room......or the time you suggested we put picnic tables end to end across main street on Halloween....which resulted in us being chased cross lots by the local constable after you suggested we run through my yard rather than yours. …….or shoveling snow all night to the top of the High School front doors to insure a Snow Day the following morning …....much to the chagrin of the Town Crew who also gave chase...…..or putting two Cherry Bombs in the cleanout of the neighbors outhouse late at night while he was in it.....and remembering looking back as we ran away and seeing a Crimson half moon ...….....
I know.... you know.... this was just the tip of the iceberg...….

THERE COMES ALONG ONCE IN A GREAT WHILE A PERSON WHO IS GIVEN MORE THAN JUST THE GIFT OF LIFE ......HE IS LIFE ITSELF...….thank you for the journey and rest easy my friend......YOU TOUCHED ALL THE BASES.....

Bob Cornell

April 23, 2020

Greg was a good friend and teammate on the soccer team in college. Rest In Peace my friend.

Skip Pompea

April 23, 2020

Greg was a special friend and roommate and always had a smile for you . So many great memories over the years As Ruth said to me He is now able to run the bases with no pain ...... Hit home runs in Heaven my friend ..... Skip and Tammy

Butch Kohl

April 23, 2020

50 years of fun and fond memories, Rest in Peace Greg. Butch & Pat Kohl

NIna (Barlow) Schmid

April 23, 2020

Gosh, Greggie - to see your smiling face in these great pics and know you have gone on is hard.

So glad we had time to reminisce in the years when you were such a great neighbor to Dad and Mom, and after Mom died. Dad truly appreciated your visits and calls and the ice cream!

Speaking of ice cream, so many memories float through my mind, but one that remains very clear is when my brother Buzz and you, with me tagging along, would go down to Mel's for milkshakes and you two would never let me get a whole one. I always had to have a half. "Tink!" (your name for me - short for Tinkerbell, Dad's nickname for me). You're too little! You can't have a whole one." Even up to the last time I saw you a couple of years ago, you still yelled, "Hey Tink," with that signature smile of yours beaming forth.

I learned a lot from observing you and Buzz and your childhood antics - snowball fights, winging green apples on long sticks across the road, and general good, old-fashioned fun. And, the OL soccer games. I used to cheer until I lost my voice.

Thanks for the memories - rest in peace, neighbor. May God's blessings pour forth as you are reunited with Ray and Linnear, and "Rinty."

Karen Pompea

April 23, 2020

I have known Greg all of my life. At one point our families shared a 2-family house on Beckwith Lane. His family (Smiths) and my family (Coles) shared many good times throughout the years. The great picnics on Maple Lane playing ball till dark with Buzzy Barlow from next door. The high school pranks Greg and the guys did (limburger cheese in the heat) at Old Lyme High School. Linnea working in Center School's office. Greg was the best man at my wedding. I remember Firemen's Banquets, New Years Eve Parties with him and Rose, Elks Club dances and parades and many other good memories. Our parents were good friends. I'm so glad he found happiness with Ruth in the end. Greg would give you the shirt off his back if need be. Great smile.

Carol and Tony Maida

April 22, 2020

What can we say, but that we had some wonderful family memories with Greg! He ALWAYS was the life of the party! He was such an integral member of our family! Everyone was important to him! Christmas just wasn’t the same if Greg didn’t wear his “Christmas Outfit” ! He was an avid Yankee fan, but he always respected my allegiance to the Red Sox! Even calling to congratulate me when the Sox won the series! Life will definitely be different without you in it! Rest In Peace Greg, we will miss you, and we hope you know you were loved!

FROM THE FAMILY

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