William Taylor Smith, age 87, of Fairfield, beloved husband to his childhood sweetheart and wife of 68 years Barbara Smith, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 20, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born September 12, 1934 to the late Leander and Sadie Smith, Bill grew up in Stamford and was a long-time resident of Fairfield. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who placed his family above all else. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother Lee Smith and sister Pat Plumb of FL and his granddaughter, Meridith Solustri of Trumbull.
Bill proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and enjoyed his retirement years after a long career at Norden Aircraft and Hayward Tyler. The consummate volunteer, Bill loved his many years of coaching little league or fund raising for the Boy Scouts, high school sports and music programs or any organization that needed a helping hand. Bill was a 4th degree member and treasurer of the Fairfield Assembly of the Knights of Columbus. He loved to travel with his wife and fondly remembers his trips to Italy and many years at the Cape. He enjoyed his quiet time on the shores of Long Island Sound walking his dogs Tiko and Sammy. Bill cherished his six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who span 45 years. He never missed an opportunity to go to a ball game, play, concert or dance recital.
Bill is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Kyle Solustri of Trumbull and son Scott Smith and his wife Jayne Lilley of Stratford, grandsons Christopher and wife Stefania Solustri, of Trumbull, and Daniel and wife Julia Solustri of SC, granddaughters Courtney Smith, of Black Rock, Kelsey and her husband Kyle Shearman of Fairfield and Kendall Smith of Scotland and 7 great grandchildren ages 3 months to 13 years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, CT. Interment will be immediately following mass at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 1530 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For more information, please visit www.SpearmillerFuneralHome.
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