Frederic Shepherd Smith III

March 14, 1940October 16, 2020

SANDWICH - Frederic Shepherd Smith, III, 80, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on October 16, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital.

Fred loved and was deeply loved by his wife of 53 years, Alice; his children, Jennifer Webster and her husband Charles Smith of Portola Valley, CA, Amy Doering Smith of Sandwich, MA and her partner Tim Robinson, and Brian Smith and his wife Stephanie of Grand Junction, CO; his grandchildren, Molly Webster and Decklan Smith; his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Joyce Smith of Harwich, MA; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; countless dear friends; and, his granddog, Delilah. Born on March 14, 1940, the son of the late Frederic and Celia (Fitzgerald) Smith, Fred grew up in Hanover, MA, later making his home and raising a family in the communities of Ashland and Southborough, MA, and spending summer weekends in East Dennis, MA.

Fred earned a degree in business from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst (UMASS) in 1963 and was a member of the AGR/BKP fraternity. He later earned a master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State University and an Executive MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. After teaching for several years at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, Fred began a 26-year career in Sales & Marketing at Digital Equipment Corporation before retiring in 1992. A champion of public education, Fred served on the School Committee in Southborough, MA, and the Alumni Board of Directors at UMASS. Fred then worked in Real Estate for several years before retiring to Sandwich in 2000, having been both a regular visitor and homeowner on Cape Cod for 40 years. In his retirement, Fred enjoyed honing his cooking skills, keeping his brain sharp with daily crossword puzzles and devouring one or two books a week on his Kindle, exercising in the pool at Mashpee Fitness, volunteering at the Sandwich Council on Aging, driving for Nantucket Island Tours, and spending the winter months in the southwest Florida community of Rotonda West. Fred was an intelligent, kind-hearted soul with an authentic laugh and an infectious smile; he always had a story to share with friends and strangers alike and never passed up an opportunity to talk about his children and grandchildren. He will be missed dearly.

A private Celebration of Life with family and friends will be held at a later date and his ashes will be released in Cape Cod Bay, where he spent many years boating, fishing, and beach-going. Donations may be made in his memory to the Scholarship Fund at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. (

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Peter & Connie Ottowitz

October 25, 2020

When we think of Fred we cannot help but smile. We smile because of the many fond memories he provided. From his DEC World management to his behavior as a member of the Duck family, it has been a blast.

May time heal the sadness we all feel and Alice, may God bless you and your family and watch over you during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

Connie & Peter

Sally Mann

October 23, 2020

Fred became a classmate in our freshman year when several of us "Hanson kids" opted to attend HHS. I do remember Shep as one of our football heroes, but fondest in my memory is his giant, quiet and gentle presence in the classroom and study halls. He was a tower of strength. Since our 50th class reunion, it has been an "end years'" treasure to become reacquainted, if only on brief occasions, to be graciously received in his lovely home and to see him at work in his kitchen! I am certain of the Joy that Shep has brought to his beloveds.
He will be missed by many, but I know that his gentle & giant Spirit presence will never be far away.

Ted Amazeen

October 21, 2020

From Curtis School first grade foot races to morning recess back in 1946 to our luncheon with our wives at Seafood Sam’s on 6 October 2020, Fred’s friendship, caring and wonderful sense of humor were gifts given without reservation. They will always will be special to me. Godspeed to Fred and his family. Ted

Howard (Ray) Levings Sr

October 21, 2020

RIP Classmate - always remember out time as team-mates on the high school football team holding down the tackle positions -

Freda Lee

October 21, 2020

I met Fred in the 9th grade at HHS and for the next four years we were friends. After High School we each went our separate ways to further our education, lives and future, connecting only at reunions. and occasional calls. The past few years we have kept better in touch and try to call once every couple months. I will miss our phone calls and miss him. Fred was always a great guy with a big personality. Always seemed to care for others above himself. Rest in peace my friend!
Freda (Munro) Lee

Rich & Sue Richardson

October 21, 2020

We have so many fond an funny memories of Fred. As a distinguished member of the "Ducks," he could always be counted on for his sage and philosophical advice. Unbeatable at Trivial Pursuit, Fred would come up with the answers to stumpers every time -- Minnie Minoso? the Box Tops? who knew? -- Fred, of course. A true gentleman, a consummate host, an excellent chef, we'll most of all miss his friendship. So long, good friend. We'll keep the flag flying for you.

All our love and prayers to Alice and the family, Rich and Sue


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