Edward B. Smith, Sr.

November 5, 2020

Edward B. Smith, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

WWII

Edward B. Smith, Sr. – of Woburn, November 4th  at the age of ninety-six. Beloved husband of the late Jeanne D. (Froberg) Smith. Devoted father of Ingrid E. Hasselbaum, her husband Robert of RI, Kara J. McManus, her husband Joseph of Lynnfield, Edward B. Smith, Jr. of Bedford, Lisa A. Pryor, her husband Roger of PA, Kristine E. Gagnon, her husband Michael and Johanna M. Hogan and her husband Edward, all of Billerica. Dear brother of Barbara Dannenberg, her husband Edward of FL. Cherished grandfather of Heidi, Dawn, Rob, Joel, Cory, Erica, Gary, Allan, Kristen, Devon, Vanessa, Aaron, and Riley and great-grandfather of Rhys, Lee, Cameron, Casey, Kelly, Callan, Madison and Tessa. At the family’s request all services are private and under the direction of the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. Remembrances may be made in Ed’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675

Edward B. “Red” Smith, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 4th with his beloved family by his side. The loving husband of the late Jeanne D. (Froberg) Smith, he was ninety-six years young.

Born in Waltham, Edward was a son of the late Howard and Harriett (Langill) Smith. Raised and educated in Woburn, he attended Woburn High School and played on the football team. Ed met his future bride, Jeanne, at the “Candy Palace” where she worked in downtown Woburn. They fell in love and were married in 1944, before Ed shipped out to Burma to serve his country in the Army during WWII.

Upon his return from the service, they built their home on the same street where his wife was born and raised and he lived in the same home the remainder of his life. After the war, Ed worked as a painter, a baker, and at Perkins School for the Blind. The majority of his life though, was spent working tirelessly as a mechanic and owner of DeRosa-Smith Shell, which later became Smith Gulf Station, on Main Street in downtown Woburn, where he was known as “Red”.

Ed loved to fish, especially on Cape Cod, where he would even brave the harsh winter to fish with his brothers and friends. He loved to boat and to clam down in Truro and take his jeep on to the outer beaches at the tip of the Cape, always in search of wild cranberries and blueberries. To Ed and Jeanne, spending time at the beach surrounded by his brothers, sisters, kids and grandkids were their most cherished memories.

Ed also was an avid vegetable gardener and would compete with his brother and brother-in-law to get the first tomato of the season. He was a long time member of The Elks Lodge in Woburn where he enjoyed hanging out and playing cards with friends. A passionate sports fan, he cheered on all his favorite local teams and was thrilled by their success in these past decades. In his retirement, he discovered a love of reading and was partial to biographies and non-fiction. He had a soft spot for animals and birds, and he also enjoyed cooking, especially Sunday dinners for his family.

He was a truly wonderful father with a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by Ingrid E. Hasselbaum, her husband Robert of RI, Kara J. McManus, her husband Joseph of Lynnfield, Edward B. Smith, Jr. of Bedford, Lisa A. Pryor, her husband Roger of PA, Kristine E. Gagnon, her husband Michael and Johanna M. Hogan and her husband Edward, all of Billerica. He was a dear brother to 7 siblings, survived by one sister Barbara Dannenberg, her husband Edward of FL. Cherished grandfather of Heidi, Dawn, Rob, Joel, Cory, Erica, Gary, Allan, Kristen, Devon, Vanessa, Aaron, and Riley and great-grandfather of Rhys, Lee, Cameron, Casey, Kelly, Callan, Madison and Tessa. Additionally survived by his beloved cat, Greta.

The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to all the nurses and caregivers from both Middlesex East Visiting Nurse Hospice and Minuteman Senior Care, that showed Ed, and our family such helpfulness and devotion. In particular Doreen, Emily, Jananne, Melila and Nancy, whose dedication was exceptional. We would also like to say thank you to Ben the Barber and to FD Engine No. 4 for all of their assistance.

At the family’s request all services are private and under the direction of the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. Remembrances may be made in Ed’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675 woundedwarriorproject.org.

At the family’s request all services are private and under the direction of the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. Remembrances may be made in Ed’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675

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  1. Don and Pauline Chamberlain

    Thinking of you all. Its been a long haul for all of you and Ed. So many memories come back from over the years of all of you and mom and dad. Remebering at New Found Lake dad tried to teach me how to water ski amonst many things of your family. You were more like family than neighbors. Love to all of you. Pauline and Don

  2. My family fondly remembers Red from his gas station days. My Dad worked at the station for many years. Our deepest condolences,
    The Joseph Landi Family

  3. We spent many happy times in Truro with Ed and his extended family fishing, clamming and generally having a good time. Ed was always after “one more clam” and an hour later we would still be at it even though we were on the verge of hypothermia. We will miss him greatly. Rest in peace Ed

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