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Thomas Smith

Thomas J. Smith

June 11, 1945 - May 8, 2019
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Thomas J. Smith of Doylestown, PA passed away at his residence with his family by his side on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was 73.

Born in Philadelphia, PA to the late George and Anna (Cullen) Smith, Tom resided in Warrington, PA before moving to Doylestown, PA in 1976.

Tom was the former owner of Sterling Caterers of Doylestown for 15 years and Custom Cleaning Service for 28 years, before retiring in 1991. He was a member and mentor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church of Doylestown; a member and Fouth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council #4160; a US Naval veteran of the Vietnam War and member of the Vietnam Veterans of America; and also enjoyed woodworking and being a counselor and mentor to others.

He was the beloved husband of 46 years to Ruth (Kircher) Smith; devoted father of Ruth Stevens and Fiance’ Robert Frankle, Thomas J. Smith Jr. and wife Aimee, Sean Smith and wife Maria Rupp, and Michael Smith; dear brother of the late George, James and Jack Smith, and Jeanne O’Donnell; loving grandfather of Hunter, Rylee, Zachary, Sean, Margaret and Matthew.

A viewing will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 235 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 10:00-11:30 am, with a mass to follow.

Interment with military honors will follow in the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940 at 1:30 pm.

A luncheon will be held at the Rose Bank Winery, 258 Durham Road, Newtown, PA 18940 at 2:30 pm

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100 , Silver Spring, MD 20910 or HYPERLINK "http://www.vva.org/" \t "_blank" www.vva.org would be appreciated.

Send condolences to www.varcoethomasfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
    235 East State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The family will receive their friends at church prior to the funeral mass.
  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 11:30am
    Thursday, May 16, 2019 11:30am
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
    235 East State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:30pm
    Washington Crossing National Cemetery
    830 Highland Road
    Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: Vietnam Veterans of America.


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Robin Huttenlock

Posted at 09:40pm
My mind still talks to you
My heart still looks for you
I know your at peace
My friend, my mentor, my family
I met Tom early 2009. Immediately we had a bond, a bond that was never broken. Being my friend... He was always joking around, telling stories, we always enjoyed each others company and he made sure I had a smile on my face. Being my mentor...He helped me through my struggles of life, he was always there for me when I needed to talk, always guided me in a positive direction, never judged me. Being my family...he loved me unconditionally, did anything he could for me, he made sure I didn't fail. Words could never express how I feel about Tom. He leaned on me as much as I leaned on him. He was the light to my day, the up to my down, the heaven to my demon. You are greatly missed, but never forgotten, always called me your angel...now your mine, always and forever.
My sincere condolences to the entire Smith family. I'm so greatful to have met you all and have a forever family. I love you.
**Ruuuuuth...they're picking on me (Hahaaa) I miss you Tom.

Phillip Flavell

Posted at 09:54pm
A great man, none of us would be the men we are today without him. I pray for you and the rest of the family.

Gayle Langsdorf

Posted at 05:35pm
I meet Tom and his loving family a few years ago through our Church. We immediately became friends. He always had the most interesting stories to tell and had the ability to make me feel part of his family. The love that was shared between Tom and Ruth was priceless.

Tom was always worried that he wasn’t good enough in God’s eyes but all those who knew him would agree that, “Precious in the eyes of the Lord are the death of His Saints.” Although he didn’t realize it, he was a true example of the love of Jesus. He was never too busy to stop and listen, console, advise, instruct and comfort those who sought him out. He gave shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, visited the imprisoned and helped the poor even though he was not materially wealthy. All of the corporal acts of mercy and spirit was automatic for Tom. It was a privilege to have known Tom and to be one of his friends.

I realize what a difficult time this is for you Ruth, but your love for each other will help you heal in time.




Posted at 04:36pm
Thank You Tom for all the amazing years you shared with me I couldn’t have asked for a better friend/brother you made me laugh gave me a shoulder to cry on and we had the best time chatting about old times in Philly among other things. I found compassion and comfort in open arms with you, I’m forever grateful! Over the years I’ve watched your and Ruth’s children grow up and become amazing loving adults with children of their own also amazing. I’ve seen the heart of who you were in the help you gave so many, the lives you’ve touched over the years can now pay it forward, what an ever lasting gift!
One of the best things that happened during our friendship was my friendship with your wife my best friend/Sister Ruth, the best times of my life were always with my family Smith. I will always remember you with joy in my heart and a smile on my face because you were my friend my Hero!
Ruth, Ruthie, Tommy, Sean, Michael
Rob, Aimee, Maria
Hunter, Rylee, Zach, Seanie, Maggie, Matthew
I’m sorry for your loss I know your hearts are broken you’ve lost a big part of you, a husband, father and pop pop, I hope you will find comfort in one another to give you strength.
Peace be with you always!
Love Aunt Nanners

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