OBIT RoySmith

May 4, 1929 - November 14, 2017

Roy Smith passed away peacefully on the morning of November 14 of congestive heart failure. He was 88 years old.

Like so many people of his era Roy had a difficult childhood molded by the depression and early loss of his father John. As the eldest child it was left to him to take on the role of provider and protector of his family. With the help of his younger brother Lloyd, Roy accepted his role to assist his mother Frances, and younger sisters Lyla, Rose and Marlene in any way he could in the dire and desperate times.

Roy leaves behind his wife Shirley, of 36 years, three children from his first marriage, David Smith, Amy Carroll, and Holly Murtha as well as grandchildren Austin and Stephanie Carroll, Katie and Ted Murtha.

Roy went on to receive a scholarship to IIT, and graduated with an MS in electrical engineering. He worked at Hughes Aircraft where he was a systems engineer on the Surveyor Spacecraft. Later at Apple Computer, Roy was a technical writer of books for engineers for the Macintosh Computer Series. In 1981, Shirley posed a tentative question to Roy, “Do you Tango?” which lead to thirty-six years of dancing through life together. Roy also loved to perform and had a marvelous voice. They sailed the world together and were blessed with a wonderful marriage.

A remembrance of Roy will take place on December 9th at 2:00 PM at 516 Mt. View Ave, Mt. View, CA for friends and relatives.

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