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WILLIAM F. SMITH

June 17, 1924 – January 24, 2014

Resident of Los Altos Hills

William F. Smith passed away surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Los Altos Hills on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the age of 89, after a long illness. Bill was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 17, 1924 to William F. and Emma Smith.

In 1954 he joined Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in San Francisco to plan and implement their first information processing system. Under his leadership Fireman’s Fund became an innovator in the automation of the California insurance industry. In recognition of his efforts in the standardization of agency company operations, he received many acknowledgements and awards from both national and state insurance associations. When he retired in 1997, he then became active with Los Altos and Santa Clara County fire districts in their fire prevention programs.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marcelline (Marcie) Chartz Smith whom he met through their data processing activities, and married on November 12, 1966. He is also survived by a sister and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family wants to express its deepest gratitude to Bill’s extraordinary caregivers, German, Marco, Grace, Monu, Maryann, and Luisa, whose love, compassion, dedication, and skills provided much comfort during his illness.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Ave, Los Altos, CA on February 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to a charity of your choice or to St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

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