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Larrabee "Larry" Smith
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Larry Smith, 90, died Tuesday August 1, 2017 after a 6 month battle with Mesothelioma.

Larry was pre-deceased by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Smith in 2012; his parents, Laura and John Smith and his brother Roderick Smith.

He leaves his sister Virginia Trumbull, daughter Jodie, son Geoff, daughter in law Janine, 3 grandchildren Blake, Shannon and Spencer and his companion Anne and many close friends.

Born and raised in Kent Washington, the son of Jack and Laura, he enlisted in the Navy at the end of World War II and then attended the University of Washington where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation Bell Labs hired him and he moved to New Jersey where he met his wife Patricia who he was married to for 58 years.

While at Bell Labs he had the fortune to work on the first transistor and as a member of the Chief Architects Division he helped define the standards with which the internet is based on today. This role also gave him the opportunity to travel abroad and visit countries around the world where he brought his wife and family. One such trip included a 3 week African Safari. He was also involved in his community and was a member of the Holmdel Planning Board where he was elected Chairman in 1967. He was most proud of his efforts towards preserving the natural beauty of Holmdel by regulating zoning which also ensured the schools were not over-populated.

An avid tennis player he played well in to his 80’s which enabled him to hike the Chilkoot trail for his 80th birthday. He also loved to work with his hands as well as his mind and did everything around his house including automobile repair, plumbing, heating, woodwork,… He’d always rather build something to learn how to do it.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 6th, 2 pm until the time of his funeral service at 5 pm, at the Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 South Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ. Contributions in memory of Larry may be made in his honor to www.smiletrain.org. To share a favorite memory or send a message of condolence please visit www.holmdelfuneralhome.com.


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Visitation

Sunday

6

Aug

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Holmdel Funeral Home

26 South Holmdel Road
Holmdel , NJ 07733

Service

Sunday

6

Aug

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Holmdel Funeral Home

26 South Holmdel Road
Holmdel , NJ 07733

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