Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

GOSHEN – Arthur Earl Smith, 85, husband of Sally (Sittinger) Smith, passed away on Sept. 29, 2013, at home in Goshen. He was the loving husband of Sally (Sittinger) Smith.

He was the father of Father Anthony Smith of Bloomfield, director of vocations and coordinator of campus ministry for the Archdiocese of Hartford; Marty Smith and Pat Smith, both of Beaufort, S.C.; Thomas Smith of West Hartford; Nancy Cassella of Farmington; Ann Lefferts of Kerhonkson, N.Y.; and Mary Sage of Old Saybrook. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Smith was born on May 21, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., son of the late Arthur and Marjorie (Graham) Smith. He attended St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and an electronics school in Detroit. He worked as the operations manager for AMF Bowling from 1955-78.

He then became vice president of technical services for Harley-Davidson International from 1978 to 1990. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and belonged to the Retread Motorcycle Club and the Holiday Rambler RV Club. He was a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1948-52, serving in the Korean War, where he was wounded at the Chosen Reservoir.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 4 at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Goshen. Burial followed in St. Thomas Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation at or to VNA Northwest Hospice, 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750.