Joseph F. Smith

  • Born: November 13, 1934
  • Died: October 6, 2017
  • Location: Bedford, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph F. Smith, 82, of Bedford, died October 6, 2017 at Elliot Hospital after a sudden illness, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was born in New York, NY on November 13, 1934 to the late Joseph and Ida Mae (Wagner) Smith. He lived in Bedford for 40 years and had wintered in Bonita Springs, FL for 15 years.

He graduated from Hofstra University and served in the U.S. Army during the 1950's.

Joe worked as an electrical engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA and Merrimack, NH for many years.

He had been an active communicant at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford and St. Marie Church and St. Catherine Church, both in Manchester. He volunteered with Cursillo, Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter. He was also involved with the prison ministry Kairos.

He enjoyed golfing, skiing, traveling and home improvement projects.

The family includes his wife of 55 years, Sheila (Cronin) Smith of Bedford; three children, Donna S. Howard and her husband, David, of Nottingham, Marianne E. Miceli and her husband, Todd, of Park City, UT and Craig J. Smith and his wife, Lori Ann, of Pequannock, NJ; seven grandchildren, Matthew and Kaitlin Howard, Megan, Nathan and Jennifer Miceli and Ryan and Rebecca Lombardi.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford. Committal prayers followed at the NH State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 166 S. River Rd., Suite 210, Bedford, NH 03110.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry dear friend, for the pain that you and your family bear and the loss that you're feeling right now. Hope the prayers of many caring hearts help heal your sorrow.

Carole and Frank Judge

Posted by Carole Judge - Bedford, NH   October 10, 2017

Dear Smith family,

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Sending love and hugs to all of you!

In Sympathy, Amy & Colin

Posted by Amy & Colin McHugh - Scarborough, ME   October 09, 2017

Sheila, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. You and Joe were such a big part of our lives while we were living in New Hampshire and I will always cherish the good times we had together. Take care, my friend. God bless.

Posted by Bea Maslen - Fayetteville, PA - Friend   October 09, 2017

We are so glad that we got to spend several days last week with you, with never a thought that it was to be a farewell visit. We've shared so much during our 56?? years of friendship, from the Mystic Inn where the two of you met, through weddings, Baptisms, kids growing up together and becoming forever friends, we've seen it all and done it all. Our hearts hurt for all of you. Know that we will always be here for you, and we will be there with you when we say our final goodbye to Joe. He will be missed.

Posted by Tim and Cathy Mannix - Cary, NC - Family   October 08, 2017


Dear Sheila, please know that we are keeping you and your family in prayer during this difficult time, and in the days ahead. May you all find comfort in the memories you have of wonderful times shared together.
With love and sincere sympathy. Phil and Sue

Posted by Phil and Sue Martin - Hooksett, NH - Family Friend   October 08, 2017

Joe was a good man, a good Christian, and a good friend to many. Prayers to Sheila and his family.

Posted by Deacon Mark & Valerie De Rosch - Nashua, NH - Friend   October 08, 2017

Much love and prayers to Sheila and the family. May the good Lord fill you with comfort and peace. Joe must be looking down on you with his infectious smile and caring eyes. Absence in body here but present to the Lord for eternity!

Posted by Frank and Judy Adamske - Manchester, NH - Friend   October 07, 2017

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