Robert Smith

Robert R. Smith, who had spent his retirement years living in Mashpee and Falmouth, died November 28. He was 90.

He was the husband of Barbara A. Smith.

The son of Gail and Helen Smith, he was born in Akron, Ohio. In his youth, the family moved to Lexington. He attended Franklin School, then graduated from Lexington High School and Stockbridge at University of Massachusetts.

After their marriage in 1952, he and his wife bought a home in Lexington; Mr. Smith took over the family poultry farm business, Lexwood, and transitioned it to a retail business until the late 1960s.

During the next part of his working career, Mr. Smith became general manager of Bolter’s Men’s Clothing at the Burlington Mall. He later worked as a salesman at Michelson’s, a family shoe store in downtown Lexington.

Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to the Southport community in Mashpee to be closer to their daughter. Next they lived at Dillingham Place in Falmouth and, most recently, at Laurentide in Mashpee.

Mr. Smith loved to sing and did so for decades with the Hancock Congregational Choir, often as baritone soloist. While living on the Cape, he continued his choir participation at Mashpee Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

He was an award-winning candlepin bowler and had served as the pitcher for the fast-pitch softball team at Hancock Church. Also a golfer, he was club champion at Southport and made three holes in one.

The Smiths enjoyed road trips and camping and had explored much of the United States, including visits to many national parks. They were treated to a 50th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii from their children and explored Portugal with a group of friends.

In addition to his wife, he leaves two children, Beverly S. Tilden and her husband, Stephen J. Riley Jr., of East Falmouth and Marcia Smith of Los Angeles, California; two grandsons, Matthew Tilden and Ryan Smith; three great-granddaughters; and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his son Richard Smith.

No services are planned at this time.

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