Ex-Chief Donald E. Smith “Smitty,” 81, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at his home in Mendham. Born in Morristown, he lived in Morris Plains before moving to Mendham in 1947. Mr. Smith served in the Army from 1951-1953 during Korea.
Don was a member of the Mendham Independent Hook and Ladder Company and the Mendham Borough First Aid Rescue Squad. He was a Past Chief of the Fire Department and was a member of the NJ State Fire Chiefs Association. He also served as a Past Director of the First Aid Rescue Squad. He was an Auto Mechanic and had his own auto repair business in Morris Plains from 1961-1971. Then he worked for the Borough of Mendham for 24 years before retiring in 1995. Don enjoyed NASCAR, sports, boating and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene Cumback Smith of 61 years; two sons, Robert Smith (Susan) and Daniel Smith (Rachel) and three grandchildren, Shane(Hakyong), Brian and Robert. He is also survived by one sister, Joan Tufts.
The Family will hold a Private interment in Hilltop Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Bailey Funeral Home of Mendham—www.baileyfuneralhomes.com.