Douglas Stillman Smith Obituary, Funeral Notice – Douglas Stillman Smith, a beloved husband, father, and respected professional, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 7, 2023, at St. Francis Hospital. He was 61 years old and resided in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Doug was born on November 26, 1961, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Martha Louise Smith and the late Edward Rolph Smith. He grew up in Avon and graduated from Avon High School in the Class of 1980.
Following his graduation, Doug continued his education at Union College, where he became a third-generation legacy student. He completed his studies in 1984 and soon after joined The Hartford, where he would spend the majority of his professional career. With over 30 years of dedicated service, Doug retired as the Vice President of Underwriting in 2017.
During his time at Union College, Doug met the love of his life, Kathleen Ann Fournier, with whom he shared a deep and loving marriage. Together, they raised two sons, James Blair and Michael Dayton, who brought immense joy to their lives. The family resided in Granby, where Doug and Kathleen were actively involved in their sons’ activities and created a loving and nurturing home.
Doug was an esteemed member of the Granby/Simsbury Rotary Club, dedicating his time and energy to various leadership positions. He even served as the President of the club for a term, demonstrating his commitment to community service and making a positive impact on the lives of others.
One of Doug’s greatest passions was being surrounded by the beauty of nature. He found solace and joy in spending time outdoors, listening to the music of the Grateful Dead, and enjoying the company of his canine companions. With a green thumb inherited from his father, Doug had a talent for gardening and nurtured thriving plants and lush flowers both inside and outside his home. He had a special affinity for the water, especially when it involved boating. Doug eagerly looked forward to his annual visits to his parents’ homes on Sanibel Island, Florida, and Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire.
Above all, Doug cherished his family and considered them the most important aspect of his life. He was a devoted father and husband, taking immense pride in his sons’ and wife’s accomplishments. The Smith family deeply mourns the loss of Doug, knowing they won’t be able to create more memories together, but they hold close to their hearts the life he provided for them through his unwavering dedication, hard work, and boundless love.
In addition to his beloved wife Kathleen and his mother Martha, Doug is survived by his two sons, James Blair Smith of Chicago, IL, and Michael Dayton Smith and his wife Molly of Boston, MA. He also leaves behind his brother Richard Smith and his wife Anne of Stowe, VT, his sister Cynthia Amatucci and her husband Michael of Apex, NC, his mother-in-law, six brothers and sisters-in-law, 14 nieces and nephews, as well as numerous co-workers and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather for a time of remembrance on Thursday, July 13, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home located at 364 Salmon Brook Street in Granby. A service honoring Doug’s life will follow at 6:00 p.m. Private burial arrangements will be made at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Connecticut Chapter, or through their website at www.jdrf.org. Online condolences can be shared at www.carmonfuneralhome.com.
The passing of Douglas Stillman Smith leaves a void in the lives of his loved ones and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. His dedication, kind spirit, and love for his family will be remembered and cherished by those who hold him dear in their hearts.