Obituary of Roger Murray Smith
On October 29, 2023 Roger Murray Smith, 83, passed away peacefully with his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren by his side. Laughter, tears and smiles filled the room and ushered him to heaven.
Born September 9, 1940 to Florence and Walter Smith, Roger was raised in Laurel Beach, CT with his brothers Walter and Tommy.
After graduating from Allegheny College, Roger went to work for Aetna where he had a successful 31 year career.
He began as a field sales associate in Detroit and retired as the Head of Pensions and Financial services in Hartford, CT.
In Old Lyme, he and his wife Marcia volunteered for many organizations. These included High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, the Old Lyme Congregational Church, Lyme’s Youth Service Bureau, and The Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. In honor of his commitment to service, he was named Old Lyme’s Citizen of the Year in 2021 for his charitable work.
Roger was never happier than when he was surrounded by the people he loved. He never discouraged his daughters in their diverse (and sometimes challenging for him) professional and personal pursuits. Rather he offered his wisdom, guidance and insight gained from a life committed to hard work, honesty and integrity.
His spirit of adventure, curiosity and fun drove him to prioritize activities with family and friends. These included: traveling the world, playing tennis, skiing, watching sports (Go Huskies!), and attending theater and local music events.
Roger is survived by his wife Marcia, daughters Katie Smith-Cashen (Chris), Elizabeth Smith (Bill), Sarah Smith-Blanchard (Rob), and his eight grandchildren Lael, Connelly, AnneMae, Devon, Alea, Christopher John, Izzy and Elliott.
Cremation has taken place through the care of Simple Choices, Inc.
There will be a memorial service on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 1 o’clock at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, located at: 4 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371 (corner of Lyme Street & Ferry Road).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks any donations be made to the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, or the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Smith Family, online at: SimpleChoicesCremation.com