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“To Mrs. Smith, Judy, Peter, David, Katie, I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Gregory Nessing - ANTIOCH, CA

“Dear Alice and family, I was so deeply moved by Emil's recent passing which I read about in the T&G. His obituary and memories on the Joycefuneral...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Aletha McGuiggan - West Boylston, MA

“Dear Alice,While you and I have never met, we share similar experience with our beloved husbands. I know of you through my dear and precious...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Carol McGuiggan - West Boylston, MA

“Mrs Smith,Judy,Peter, David, Katie & Margaret,I am so very sorry for your loss. Dr. Smith was a wonderful man.I'll never forget the great times...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Kocot-Grimaldi - Worcester, MA

“To Mrs. Smith, Judy, Peter, David, Katie, Margaret and your entire family, Sharon and I send our love and condolences on your loss. Dr. Smith was a...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: John Donovan - Westborough, MA

“I knew Emil from the time my mom lived at the nursing home and as a volunteer after that. He was such a warm, kind man. My deepest sympathies to his...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Rudman - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Alice please except my condolences. He will always havegHi a very special place in my heart. Nola ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Nola Walls - Worcester, MA

“Alice, While I was sad to read of Emil's passing, I have faith that Emil's life continues in another way. I met you and Emil at the nursing home...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Lynn Couture - Shrewsbury, MA

“What a wonderful man and a wonderful family. Sending prayers and love to all the Smith's. I am so sorry for your loss! Annie ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Annie McNamara - Shrewsbury, MA

“I only met your dad only once Judy, on Christmas Eve on my way home from work. Ill remember him as being friendly and kind and easy to talk to. ...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“God Bless him. Emil was a great guy. God Bless you Alice and your family ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Gene Main - MIDDLEBORO, MA

“You and Alice have created a beautiful family together and your legacy will keep on, but you will be sadly missed. Thanks for sharing your life with...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Maureen Lockman - Paxton, MA

“So sorry for your loss, thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Dr. Smith was a great guy, blessed to have known him. God bless xx ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Catherine Burgoyne - Tewksbury, MA

“What a well written and beautiful tribute to Emil. Class act. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Mrs smith, Judy and family I'm so sorry about the loss of your Husband, dad, grandfather and great grandfather. I remember him well when I hung out...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Elaine Vadenais - Shrewsbury, MA

“Emil, I'll never forget you. I was 6 years old when you married Alice. Fresh bagels every time you came down from Fowler St. in Boston....my first...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Robert Pike - Sagamore Beach, MA

“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Emil. Kurt has talked of many good memories of spending time with him and his dad Leo and thier fishing...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Chris Albin - Shrewsbury, MA

“Smitty & Family,I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your Grandfather.Please know that i'm thinking of you now, and all the days ahead.Always...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Patti-Ann Scampini-Friend

“Sending love and our deepest condolences to all... ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Mitchell - West Boylston, MA

“Gramp you're love was unconditional ❤, you're memories will forever be with me and everytime i fish ,LOVE YOU. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Timothy smith - auburn, MA


Emil Smith has a very impressive curriculum vitae having enjoyed a successful career with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was a longtime professor in its Pharmacology Department for over twenty-five years before retiring in 2001. Emil loved his work and the many professional relationships and friendships that ensued from tenure.

However…Emil would more proudly but humbly boast that his real pride and joy came in the form of his family with the love of his life, Alice and their five children. Emil knew his home and family were his greatest blessings.

His sixty years in Shrewsbury were rich! Fifty of those years were on Bryant Avenue in the Wachusett neighborhood where streets had more than names and the families in those homes were friends…real friends whom you could depend upon and confide in. Emil and Alice were part of the fabric of the street and with five kids it was a busy household. The annual self-made block parties were times far more simple with good food, games for the kids and plenty of refreshments for those of age. Projects meant an extra set of hands, shoveling or plowing was easier when done with the help of others, babysitting provided relief and shared summer nights on the deck with each other made life good.

Second to Emil's love for his family was his love for the sport of fishing and he was proud of his fishing abilities. Many of his fish tales had the added benefit of being true and there are photos to prove it. 'Scup' fishing on Cape Cod either solo or with his sons, David and Peter, and the many others throughout the years brought Emil the retreat and respite we all seek. Similarly while on the Cape at their home in Popponesset he loved the beach and his morning coffee on the Grove deck overlooking Nantucket Sound.

Emil and his family battled the horrific effects of dementia over the last ten years but managed to find the humor…and love that blessed his family as life changed. He will not be remembered as another statistic who succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic but rather for the loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbor, fellow resident and friend! Today's over used and familiar phrase of social distancing never ever separated the love and devotion his family had for Emil.

Emil died peacefully and quietly on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation. He wasn't alone. He had the wonderful and caring staff, including Lyn Vincent and most important his faith that reminds each of us that God was with him when he died. Emil was 88.

Born on July 25, 1931 in Bridgewater he was a son of the late Emil H. and Sadie (Risberg) Smith. A graduate of Bridgewater High School he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northeastern University and his PhD in Pharmacology from Tufts Medical School. He married Dorchester native Alice J. Pike on July 29, 1956 in Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater.

In addition to his wife Alice, he leaves their children, Judith M. Smith-Goguen (Dennis) of Boylston, Peter E. Smith (Debra Sforza) of Huntington, New York, David J. Smith (Patricia McNamara) of Plymouth, Catherine M. 'Katie' Palermo (Christopher) and Margaret M. Aloupis (Carl), all of Shrewsbury; his grandchildren, Timothy Smith (Kristen Benoit), Molly and Matthew Goguen, Jessica Smith and Nicholas Smith, Ryan, Brendan, Aidan and Mairead Smith, Emily Hubbard (Eric), Jack Palermo (Laura Doyle) and Samuel Palermo, Bridgette and Edward Aloupis; great-grandkids, Jaelynn, Trevor, Jase, Sophie and Christopher; nieces & nephews. Emil was predeceased by siblings, Edward Smith and Evelyn Smith

Emil's family and friends will be invited to honor, remember and celebrate his life when restrictions and boundaries have been removed. He was buried privately in Mountain View Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Church and a Life Celebration will follow.

In lieu of flowers his family suggests memorials be made to your local COVID-19 Relief Fund. For those in Worcester County www.greaterworcester.org

Må han vila i frid | May he rest in peace

Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home