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Robert S. Smith, 51, of Merrimac, passed away on May 28, 2017. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Kris A. Smith (Topham) and a devoted, loving father of Dylan and Kelley Smith of Merrimack. His black lab, Jillie, adored him and will miss him dearly along with Poppy and K.C.
Bob was born on February 9, 1966, in Lawrence and grew up in Methuen, attending Methuen public schools where he met Kris whom he married in St. Monica’s Church in 1993. He built his construction business, Smith Services, and was proud when Dylan partnered with him.
Bob was a youth sports enthusiast and coach for the Merrimac and Pentucket areas in lacrosse, baseball, and football. He enjoyed working with kids and sharing his passion for good sportsmanship and fun, serving as president of the thriving Pentucket Youth Lacrosse, and on the board of directors of the Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League as head of sportsmanship and compliance.
Bob also enjoyed being on or near the water with his family, whether boating, jet skiing, or just floating along in a tube relaxing. He was a big fan of NASCAR and John Wayne movies. Everyone knew Bob as a happy-go-lucky guy who would go out of his way to help in case of any need. Many have mentioned how much they will miss his laugh. We know Bob will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.
In addition to his dear immediate family, Bob is also survived by his mother, Elizabeth Donahue of Methuen; sisters, Robin and her husband, David Gordon of Methuen, and Linda and her wife, Kathy of Coos Bay, Ore.; mother and father-in-law, Patricia and Walter Topham of Methuen; sister-in-law, Leslie Topham of San Francisco; and brother-in-law, David Topham and his wife, Sarah of Pittsford, N.Y. He had four nephews, Timothy and Matthew Gordon of Methuen, and Nathaniel and Jeremiah Topham of Pittsford, N.Y. In addition, Bob left behind three step-siblings, Leo Donahue, Russel Donahue, and Eva (Donahue) Casey.
A wake will be held at Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home in Methuen on Tuesday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Monica’s Parish, Methuen on Wednesday, June 7 at 11 a.m. A scholarship is being set up in his memory to benefit Pentucket students who play lacrosse. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Bob Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund at Haverhill Bank or online at facebook.com/bobsmithlacrossescholarship. To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.
Published on  June 4, 2017
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