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Thomas J. Smith

July 22, 2020

Obituary

Smith, Thomas J. of Fall River, MA (formerly of Somerville) on Wednesday, July 22.

Son of the late Robert and Mary (Stapleton) Smith. Survived by Maggie (Harold) Smith.

Loving father of Steven Smith of Tewksbury, Stacy McDaid of Medford and Katie Smith of Somerset. Loving brother of Arleen Smith Frechette and her husband Frank of Dorchester, Kevin Smith and his wife Christine of Marshfield, Maura Smith Nevins and her husband Rich of Hanover. Brother of the late Brendan M. Smith. TJ is also survived by his grandchildren as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

The life of the party, TJ loved his family, especially his children. TJ loved to travel and would often take advantage of the many opportunities to accompany his siblings on their own vacations. Ever the socialite, TJ could be found anywhere from Naples to Nantucket, commandeering weddings in Newport or catching rays portside on Scituate Harbor. At a whopping 5’2” (in heels) TJ fancied himself an avid basketball player; it never mattered which sixteen year old paid the price of his court domination. He was very eager to pass on his basketball skills to his grandson Collin. TWIBS was the acronym he was famously known for: “This Week In Baseball” – as he could recite stats on any player for any game. TJ sported the finest in footwear, given that he could purchase from the children’s section. Surf and turf with a side of belly slapping was his favorite meal, most especially as a guest in the finest restaurants.

TJ was especially close to his daughter, Katie, reciting to any one would listen of her many collegiate accomplishments. TJ enjoyed spending time in Hanover with his sister Maura and her husband, Rich, with whom he was particularly close. TJ loved reconnecting with old friends on Facebook even if one could not fully decipher his posts. All of TJ’s loved ones are heartbroken with our loss and we ask that you share a fond memory you may have of TJ. Thank you for all of the love and support you have provided our family. We are ever grateful

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