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JULY 17, 1922 -- JULY 22, 2004

Robert H. Smith of Williamsville, a retired electrical engineer and Army Signal Corps veteran of World War II, died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 82.

Born in Lancaster, Mr. Smith attended St. Mary's High School and graduated from Kensington High School after moving to Buffalo in 1937.

He worked for Bell Aircraft Co. for three years before enlisting in the Army Signal Corps. He was trained in mechanical engineering, wiring, central office telephone, radio and radar electronics at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and City College of New York before shipping out to the South Pacific, where he helped set up worldwide communications for Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He was awarded three Bronze Stars.

He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

Over his career, he worked for Bell Aerospace, Sylvania Electronics and Sierra Research. He retired from Sierra in 1987.

Mr. Smith was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and its choir. He also was a member of the Consolatas, Christian Life Community of Canisius College and Christ the King Bridge Group. He enjoyed gardening, reading, golf and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Janice B. Becker; five daughters, Cheryll M. Scarano of Pine, Col., Nancy J. Mancuso of Williamsville, Marcia L. Wrazen of Rochester and Pamela A. Sykes and M. Gretchen Bella, both of Eggertsville; four sons, R. Randall of Marlborough, Mass., Steven R. of Clarence, Thomas J. of Easton, Pa., and Paul D. of Le Roy; 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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