Majella Adrian Smith, 90, of New Bedford died peacefully November 16, 2022 at Charlton Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of 63 years to Sylvia A. (Cassidy) Smith. Born in Argentia, Newfoundland, son of the late Anthony J. and Johannah M. (Doody) Smith, he lived in New Bedford most of his life.
Mr. Smith was formerly employed by Acushnet Company Rubber Division for over 30 years until his retirement. He also managed McGee's Sporting Goods many years ago. He was a communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor. Mr. Smith enjoyed fishing with his nephew Wayne and sitting and having coffee with his sister Betty.
Survivors include his wife; his 5 children, Kevin Smith and his wife Karen of Acushnet, Rosemary Menning and her husband Kurt of Mitchell, SD, Margaret Hertz and her husband James of Poulsbo, WA, Joan Nasiff and her husband Steven of Berkley and Mary Camara and her husband Emanuel of New Bedford; a sister, Elizabeth Flanagan of New Bedford; 11 grandchildren, Bethany Maney and her husband Brendan, Timothy Smith and his wife Lauren, Andy Menning and his wife Samantha, Valerie Parrot and her husband Andrew, Finn Smith, Sarah Howard and her husband John, Christine Nasiff and her fiancé Andrew Farias, Shawn Nasiff, Christopher Hertz, Jada Hertz and Madison Camara; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Michael Smith, John Smith, Richard Smith, Russell Smith, Pius Smith, Margaret Shea, Maryann Bruce, Joan Theresa Marshall and Annunciata Smith.
His funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Veterans Association of Bristol County (http://thevabc.com) or Coastline Elderly Services (https://coastlinenb.org/). A special thank you to Coastline Elderly Services, especially, Lisa.
Private First Class ADRIAN M SMITH, 1851212753, Infantry, United States Army. Private SMITH, a member of an infantry company, is cited for heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Pau-gol, Korea. During the early morning hours of 15 July 1953, Private SMITH's unit was subjected to an intense enemy mortar and artillery barrage. Following the barrage, the foe launched a vicious ground attack on the friendly positions. When the forward elements of the friendly force called for additional ammunition, Private SMITH immediately volunteered for the hazardous mission. Exposing himself to the murderous hostile barrage, he delivered a sorely needed ammunition and on his return he helped carry the wounded to the safety of the aid station. He continued this perilous task for several hours, demonstrating his outstanding devotion to his comrades as he was instrumental in saving several of their lives. Private SMITH's exhibited heroism and exceptional devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal service from Massachusetts.