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Bruce Emerson Smith
  • Memorial donations may be made to The Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, MA 02090. (

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“Dear Martha, Heather, Chris and Holly,I don't know if you will remember me, but I used to spend Thanksgivings with your family during the years I...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Mary VanArsdel - New York, NY

“I graduated Westwood High with Bruce in 1980. He was always a sweet, kind and gentle soul. I am sure he will continue to be so. My sincere...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Paula Holden - Monument Beach, MA

“To the wonderful Smith family.... I love these pictures of Bruce, a kind and loving man. I remember Brucie (I always called him Brucie, though he...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Fran (Lawrence) Keene - MA

“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. His great big smile and kind greeting were inspiring each and every time you met him. It was always an...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Paul Reilly - MA

October 2016, offering gifts at Lifeworks
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Winning a trophy from the Arc, with Mom
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Westwood High School Grad, class of 1980
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With Mrs. Doorly
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Basketball star
9 of 16 | Posted by: Martha McManamy

“Dear Heather, Jeff and family, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time but the memories you have of such a sweet, loving brother and...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Minerva - Rye, NY

“Heather,We send our condolences on the loss of your brother Bruce.He was a sweet guy. Bruce was rewarded with loving care and respect from your...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Rob Collins - Lake Forest, IL

“Dear Martha , Holly, Heather and Chris,I am so sorry to read about the death of your brother Bruce. I remember him fondly when he would attend Milton...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Suzie Hurd Greenup - Mashpee, MA

“Please accept my condolences. You never lose friends and through the years and traveling across the country, I always would think of Bruce and the...Read More »
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14 of 16 | Posted by: Jon Gibbons - Lake Forest, CA

“I too attended Pine Hill School in Westwood with Bruce. Imagine, even with the passage of almost 50 years I remember well Bruce's positive and kind...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Thomas Flynn - Freeport, NY

“Please accept my condolences . I remember Bruce from my earliest years at Pine Hill School and always found his friendly, funny smiling face a...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Chris Kerrissey

SMITH, Bruce Emerson , beloved family member, friend, and longtime resident of Westwood and Norwood, MA died peacefully on January 21, 2017. Beloved son of the late Barton P. Smith, M.D. and Jane (Campbell) Smith, he was born on February 3, 1959 in Boston, MA. Bruce was the loving brother of Heather S. Collins of Hingham, Holly L. Smith of Wakefield, RI, Martha B. McManamy of Newburyport, and Christopher H. Smith, M.D. of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by loving brothers-and sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.

Bruce graduated from Westwood High School in 1980. For many years, he was employed in the food service industry where he was well respected and frequently recognized for his positive attitude, reliability and pride in his accomplishments at work. Bruce was supported by the Lifeworks residential, individual support and employment divisions as well as by the Arc of South Norfolk as an employee and then as a member of the Day Hab program, where he made many lifelong friends.

Bruce enjoyed a full, active and engaged life that included sports, travel, work and many memorable visits with his siblings, nieces and nephews. Active in Arc events, including Our Club, basketball, bowling, Special Olympics and art classes, among other interests, he also served as assistant manager and a loyal fan of the Walpole High School Rebels Football program for 25 years.

A celebration of Bruce's life will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 3:00-4:30 at The Arc of South Norfolk/Lifeworks, 789 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, MA. Memorial donations may be made to The Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, MA 02090. (