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Donald “Don” Smith

Celebration Of Life Service: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Location: St. Jerome Catholic Church

Donald “Don” Smith, age 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at his home in Newport News, Virginia. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Don was a dedicated scientist and servant of the people, spending much of his career abroad as a Foreign Service Officer, a role that allowed him to indulge his passion for exploring diverse cultures and histories. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Don never settled into the quiet life that many might expect. Instead, he turned his curiosity and boundless energy towards historical research, becoming a respected amateur historian and author.  He wrote and published two books Lefevre James Cranstone His Life and Art and Illustrated Poetry Verse by Lefevre James Cranstone.

Predeceased by his loving parents, and his sister, Maria Smith and carried the memory of many friends and colleagues met throughout his journeys. Don leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years, Jan Smith. Together, they built a life rich with travel, storytelling, and laughter, influences that they passed on to their daughters, Kari and Therese. Don was a cherished grandfather to Ann Marie Camp and Drew Camp, whose adventures and accomplishments brought him immense pride. Don is also survived by six siblings, Paula Coffey, George Smith, Alice Megna, Margie Ann Lukas, Nelson Smith and Mark Rathert plus many cousins, nieces and nephews.  His brothers and sisters will remember him not only as an older brother but as a mentor and friend who always supported their endeavors.

Don’s love of history and travel will live on through the many people he touched—family, friends and colleagues.  His legacy is one of passionate engagement with the world and a deep commitment to his fellow man.

A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at St. Jerome Catholic Church with Military Honors. The family invites all who knew Don to join in remembering a life well-lived. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williamsburg Historical Foundation or VA Museum of History and Culture in Don’s memory, to continue his work in bringing history to life for future generations. Don's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Riverside In Home Health Private Care and Hospice and all who cared for him during his final days. His was a life filled with adventure, learning, and love, and will be deeply missed. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#1 Heather Edwards 2024-05-12 17:05
Uncle Donnie was a wonderful man who lived an amazing life. He will be missed by all his friends and family. Love to you all!

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