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Thomas Michael Smith.

WESTBOROUGH Thomas Michael Smith, 63, of Paxton, formerly of Westborough, died peacefully at home Sunday November 6th, 2011 with his family by his side.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen (Tatro) Smith, three daughters, Heather Daly and her husband Daniel of Westminster, Heidi Smith and her husband Matthew Mascari of Medfield, Meagan Smith and her husband David Levine of West Chester, PA; five granddaughters, Maible, Mairead, Emma, Erin, and Ella. He is also survived by his mother, Rita Smith of Westborough, six siblings, Rita "Sharrie" Grady and her husband Bob of Westborough, Paul Smith of Wolfeboro, NH, Jean Smith of Newton, Mary Cullen and her husband Brien of Westborough, Marguerite Kerr and her husband Tom of Westborough, John Smith and his wife Noreen of Charlton, as well as aunts and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Born in Worcester, he was the son of Rita (Duffy) and the late Paul A. Smith. He grew up in Westborough, graduating from St. Mary's High School in Milford. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and upon graduation was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. He later earned his Master of Education degree from Providence College. After 21 years of distinguished service, he retired as the Commanding Officer of the USS Pyro (AE-24) at the rank of Commander. He found a rewarding second career with the Office of the Comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and with the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority in Boston.

Tom was an avid Boston sports fan, and enjoyed playing basketball and softball. He will be remembered for his wit and sense of humor, his love of music and dancing, and his undying devotion to his family. Those who spent time with him during his illness will never forget his strength and courage, his patience, and his positive outlook.

The Smith family would like to thank the many family members, friends, and colleagues who shared well wishes, warm greetings, laughter, and companionship that brought Tom many smiles and much comfort during his illness. The Smith family also wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Overlook Hospice (Charlton), BrightStar Healthcare, and their "angels".

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 11th, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will be in St. Luke's Cemetery in Westborough. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater New England Chapter, P.O. Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945, or to Veteran's Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Nov 9, 2011
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