Joseph B. Smith, C&P mar­ket­ing man­ager

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

Joseph Bernard Smith, a re­tired Ch­e­sa­peake & Potomac tele­phone mar­ket­ing man­ager, died of mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure Sept. 29 at Oak Crest Vil­lage re­tire­ment com­mu­nity. The Tow­son res­i­dent was 96. Born in Bal­ti­more and raised in Over­lea, he was the son of Am­brose L. Smith, a Bal­ti­more & Ohio Rail­road con­duc­tor, and his wife, Lil­lian Spicer.

He was a 1939 grad­u­ate of Loy­ola High School, now Loy­ola Blake­field, where he played foot­ball. He earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from what is now Loy­ola Univer­sity Mary­land. He was com­mis­sioned as an en­sign in the Naval Re­serve in 1943.

He met his fu­ture wife, Mary Teresa Tracy, while he was hos­pi­tal­ized with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in New York.

He joined Ch­e­sa­peake & Potomac in 1945. He worked in down­town Bal­ti­more as a mar­ket­ing man­ager for the com­pany and its suc­ces­sors un­til his re­tire­ment in 1984.

In 1974 he was named the C&P Tele­phone sales­man of the year.

He was also named the Loy­ola High School alum­nus of the year in 2004 and was awarded the school’s Rev. Joseph M. Kel­ley Medal, de­scribed on the school web­site as the high­est recog­ni­tion given to an alum­nus, not­ing dis­tinc­tion in “busi­ness, pro­fes­sion or by ... out­stand­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal or civic af­fairs.”

Mr. Smith was a vol­un­teer at the Mis­sion Helpers of the Sa­cred Heart, Our Daily Bread and Good Sa­mar­i­tan Hospi­tal. He was a mem­ber of Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Ro­man Catholic Church, where he served on the parish coun­cil and was an usher. He was also a Car­di­nal Gib­bons Coun­cil mem­ber of the Knights of Colum­bus

Mass was of­fered Oct. 4. Sur­vivors in­clude four sons, Joseph Smith Jr. of Ti­mo­nium, Michael Smith of Tow­son, Kevin Smith of Ti­mo­nium, and Mark Smith of Tow­son; three daugh­ters, Trivia Hal­ley of Tow­son, Kath­leen Mills of St. Leonard and Eileen Wil­son of El­li­cott City; a brother, F. Neal Smith of Hous­ton; 27 grand­chil­dren and six great-grand­chil­dren. His wife of 55 years, a homemaker, died in 2005. A daugh­ter, Mary Alice Smith, died in 1963. An­other daugh­ter, Jean Smith Ridgely, died in 1983.

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