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Norman Harkins Smith

May 18, 1919 ~ September 23, 2019 (age 100)

SPRINGFIELD-- Norman H. Smith Sr. of Springfield was called home to the Lord on September 23, 2019, having passed peacefully at home after living 100 magical years.  His life was filled with faith, love and family. He was born May 18, 1919 in Westfield, MA, son of John H. and Mary Ann (LaPointe) Smith and graduated from Cathedral High School and Westfield State College. He was a member and communicant of Holy Name Church, Springfield, where he was a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the Holy Name Men’s Club.  He also worked at Holy Name’s BINGO and was licensed by the State Lottery Commission. He was employed for 26 years at The Springfield Armory where he served in various capacities including tool & gage making, prototype weapons development, including the M60 GPMG, the M79, the Vulcan, and the Special Purpose Individual Weapon.  He also was an instructor in the Apprentice Toolmaker Training Program, where he met his future wife Helen Borowik.  They were married on September 1, 1943 and spent 73 wonderful years together before her passing on June 19, 2017. Norman served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy as a Specialist X in secret weapons development and received a Commendation from the Chief of Naval Operations as well as the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the Springfield Armory. Upon his retirement from Springfield Armory in 1966, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Westfield State College and taught at the Putnam Vocational Technical H.S. for 16 years until his retirement in 1982. After retirement, he and his wife traveled to the Holy Land, Africa, Italy, and Hawaii, and spent many wonderful summers at their cottage in Litchfield, Maine, where Norman enjoyed lots of fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Springfield Armory Retirees Assoc., the John C. Garand Collectors Association, American Legion Post #0462, Natl. Assoc. Of Federal Employees, AARP, and Springfield Municipal Retirees. He was predeceased by his five siblings; sister, Florence Faust, and half-brothers, Harry Ward, Raymond Ward, Charles Ward and Arthur Ward. This adored father’s memory will forever be cherished by his four children, Norman H. Smith II and wife Rebecca of Westfield, Barbara J. Bendtson of Springfield, Richard J. Smith and wife Joni of Litchfield, ME, and Frances M. Haley and companion James Cogbill of Springfield and former husband and son-in-law, Jim Haley of Florida; nine grandchildren, Norman Smith III, Alan Smith, Pamela Hitchcock, Donna Lusignan, Christopher Bendtson, Jaclyn Goodhue, Bethany Smith, Shawn Haley, and Matthew Haley; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one special sister-in-law, Mrs. Vera Borowik. Visiting hours will be from 4PM to 7PM on Sunday, September 29th at the Hafey Funeral Home, 494 Belmont Avenue, Springfield. All are invited to meet for Norman’s funeral on Monday September 30th at 8:30AM at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at 9:30AM at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St., Springfield. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman’s memory to Holy Name Church Men’s Club or St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.





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