WAYLAND: Neil Smith, 81, died peacefully and comfortably surrounded by his devoted sons on Sunday, October 28, 2018 following a courageous and dignified battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born in Gardner on July 10, 1937 the son of the late Bernard J. Smith and Yvonne (Donoghue) Smith.
Neil was the beloved husband for 39 years of the late Jeannette E. (Matula) Smith who died on February 16, 2003.
He was the devoted father of Craig D. Smith of Manchester, NH and his longtime companion Theresa Lee of Boston and Gordon E. Smith and his wife Sandra Foster-Smith of Bolton. Cherished grandfather of Lydia Foster-Smith and Logan L. Foster-Smith both of Bolton. He was the brother of the late Glen Smith.
Neil spent his formative years in Gardner and has resided in Wayland for over 50 years. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University as well as his Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern. While attending college, he enrolled in the ROTC program. He served his country in the United States Army as a Lieutenant.
He had a long career as a Senior Vice President in the field of Commercial Real Estate Management. He began his career with Sperry Rand in Sudbury, was associated for several years with Cabot, Cabot and Forbes of Boston and retired from C.W. Whittier in Boston. He was the past president of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and a member of the Cadillac LaSalle Club.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family who were the center of his life. He will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Visitations will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland.
Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 9:30 am followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am at Good Shepherd Parish at St. Ann Church, 124 Cochituate Road (Rte. 27), Wayland.
Interment will follow in the Smith family lot in North Cemetery in Wayland.
In lieu of flowers his family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in Neil’s memory may be sent to The Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.