Paul J. Smith, Sr.

March 9, 1937April 12, 2013

Paul Joseph Smith, Sr. passed away peacefully on April 12, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 9, 1937 in Orange, NJ the son of the late Lewis H. and Noreen H. Smith (nee Cunningham). Paul grew up in S. Orange and Summit, NJ and was formerly of Madison and Chatham, NJ. He proudly served his country in the US Navy. Paul leaves behind his wife, Edith (nee McKenna); children, Paul, Jr. (Judi) of Quarryville, PA, Linda Fahey (Stephen) of Virginia Beach, Maureen Stearn (Al) of Lake Hopatcong, NJ and Richard of El Cajon, CA; six grandchildren, Whitney Jackson (James), Ryan Fahey, Thomas Smith, Andrew Fahey, Jada Smith and Shane Smith; three brothers, Thomas of Oswego, NY, Donald of New Vernon, NJ and James of Smithfield, VA; and four sisters, Noreen DeGroot of Rangel Lake, ME, Barbara Romano of Tuckerton, NJ, Eileen Maiello of Summit, NJ and Nancy Faulkner of Forked River, NJ; and numerous nieces, nephews, greatnieces and greatnephews and loving friends. Paul was preceded in death by brothers, Lewis H. and John B. Smith and sister-in-law Patricia Smith. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 5-8 pm in Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home in Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19 at 11:30 am in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the local American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice. You may offer condolences to the family at


  • Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 19, 2013

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Debi Merz

April 21, 2013

Maureen and family,

Days and weeks only make memories more important. I am very sorry for your loss and send you hugs.

April 19, 2013

Paul, Linda, Maureen and Richard - It was the best to have Paul as my neighbor and friend in Chatham. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. love, Carolyn Short and Brendan McKenna

April 18, 2013

Dear Aunt Edith, PJ, Linda, Maureen and Richard, Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and we will miss Uncle Paul so, so much. He was definitely one of my favorite uncles who always made us laugh. While we have such heavy hearts due to his passing, (we were so lucky to get to see him not too long ago in West Orange) we can smile knowing he is reunited with my Dad and Uncle Lewie and they are buying him a drink with the "special Smith Navy coin"! Wish we could be there with you tonight. Hope to see you all soon. God Bless. Love, Sharon, Carl, Erica & Mike Hintz

April 18, 2013

Dear Maureen,
I have such fond memories of working with dad at AHP/Wyeth. Always laughing and telling jokes....he will be truly missed. Paul was one of the first people at our house to give condolences when J.T. died....I can still see him coming out of his truck, walking across the street to us, with tears in his eyes. What a great man!
Shawn (Wroblewski)

Nancy Ripple

April 18, 2013

Linda, Paul, Maureen and Richard, I am so very sorry to learn of your dad's passing. I have such fond memories of times spent with your mom and dad. You kow how us McKenna's are when we got together!! Please know you are all in my trouts and prayers. Love, your cousin Nacy

Lisa Smith

April 18, 2013

Pop Pop, Jada, Shane and myself will miss you terribly, your humor and "whos this" on the phone will always have a dear place in our hearts.. we had you for to short of a time. I know you will be having a ball with your family and my mom! Save a good seat for Ma and all of us, until we see you again, we love you!! Lisa Descanso, CA

Donna and Paul Hughes

April 17, 2013

Maureen and Al,
I'm so sorry about your Dad.
If there is anything we can do.
Love, Donna and Paul

Nancy & Bobby Shackleford

April 17, 2013

Having known such a wonderful and gentle person as Mr. Smith; has been such a true blessing to our family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. God's blessings will provide peace and love always.