Ireland

Philip "Phil" Hugh Smith

June 3, 2022

Obituary

Philip (Phil) Hugh Smith died on June 3rd, 2022, at his home in Cohasset, MA, surrounded by his family and friends. Phil was the son of the late James and Susan (Sheridan) Smith and brother of John (Jack) Francis, the late James Patrick (Bernadette), Thomas (Al) Smith, Robert Emmet, and his beloved sister-in-law Suzanne Noonan Smith. Cherished uncle of Kathleen, Paul, Margaret, James, Frank, Mary, Michael, Terence, and Elizabeth. Special granduncle to Kevin and Brian Daugherty and many great grand nephews and nieces. Special longtime friend of Richard Armstrong. A memorial Mass will be said Saturday, June 18th, 2022, at 11 am at St. Anthony’s Church,129 S. Main Street, Cohasset followed by a reception in the Parish Center. Interment will be private. In his nine-decade journey in life, Phil had a long and distinguished career as a professional interior designer. He enjoyed a full and exciting life. In his earliest days in the Great Depression, he and Al, his Irish twin (less than one year apart), learned self-reliance, initiative, and the importance of strong family ties and friendships. After his military service, he and his brother Al opened “Al Smith’s Sport and Ski Shop” in Oak Park, Illinois. Later, Phil followed his dream of becoming an interior designer. He settled Cohasset in November 1963 and opened his design practice and studio. During his over fifty years in Cohasset, he designed interiors for many prominent homes in the Boston area, especially in Cohasset. As past President of the Cohasset Rotary Club, he left his mark on the town. In the early eighties, he and his brother Al purchased Fleming’s Marine Hardware and Gift Shop and he enhanced the gift shop and added the lighting specialty business that thrives today. He enjoyed many memorable trips including a family reunion with his brother Jack and Jack’s wife Suzanne to Cavan, Ireland, birthplace of his parents, He visited world-famous design centers in Italy and France with his design colleagues. Phil loved art, beauty and life itself. Always an optimist, he looked for the best in everyone. He was kind, and always ready to share his knowledge. His many family members and friends have commented on how much he meant to them and how he brought out the best in them. His friends and design associates describe him as a design legend with a kind and gentle soul, a perfect gentleman with a delightful sense of humor and a kind word of encouragement for all. He was a positive upbeat person who always had a ready smile to brighten the day. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phil’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370 or to St. Anthony’s Parish, 129 S Main Street, Cohasset, MA 02025.


Services

Funeral Mass
Saturday
June 18, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Anthony
10 Summer St.
Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025

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