In Memory of Christopher “Kit” G. Smith

Christopher "Kit" G. Smith, FSA 1964, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at the age of 83 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts due to complications resulting from cancer.

Kit is survived by his daughter Leslie E. Smith and her husband Walter K. Boas of Haydenville; son Christopher C. Smith and his wife Nina E. Jenssen of Eliot, Maine; companion Gwen M. Blodgett; brother Matthew E. Smith and his wife Adele G. Smith of Charleton; sister-in-law Corrine M. Smith; four grandchildren, Caleb, Samuel, Carson and Katrina; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Grace E. (Colton) Smith, brothers Jeremy W. Smith and Stephen A. Smith and his nephew David M. Smith.

He was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Worcester, son of the late Albert F. and Bessie May (Wood) Smith, and resided in Grafton, for 62 years. Following his retirement he and his wife Grace relocated to Chesterfield, and later to Williamsburg, to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.

Kit was a veteran serving in Korea in the United States Army. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor's degree in business administration and later earned his master's degree in business administration on the G.I. Bill. He was a vice president and actuary at State Mutual Life Assurance Company, and worked there for 35 years.

He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton where he served as treasurer. In retirement, Kit devoted his talents in finance and accounting to community service. He was a member of the Town Finance Committee in Chesterfield, and served as the finance committee Chairman in Williamsburg. He also served as a trustee of the Bisbee Museum in Chesterfield. Kit was a founding member and chairman of the Board of Highland Ambulance. He was very grateful for what the board and staff were able to accomplish in establishing regional ambulance service for six western Massachusetts hill towns.

Kit was an avid competitive and recreational sailor. He was passionate about sailing in Down East Maine, where he navigated the waters from Camden to Machias. He loved traditional jazz, a good mystery novel, the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, a walk in the woods, and gazing at the night sky. He shared a love of nature and the outdoors with his partner Gwen. For the past several years they have enjoyed hiking every Thursday with a group of friends.

Kit's family and friends will miss his calm soft-spoken manner, his straightforward and respectful nature, and his dry sense of humor.

Memorial donations may be made to Highland Ambulance, P.O. Box 842, Goshen, MA 01032.