Thomas M. Smith
WEST SPRINGFIELD-Tommy Smith, 56, passed away Monday, February 18 in the presence of his loving family. "Smitty" was born in Springfield, son of the late Thomas and Patricia Smith on March 3, 1956 and was a lifelong resident of West Springfield. He was a very talented hockey player, playing four years of varsity hockey for West Springfield High School before earning a full hockey scholarship to Michigan State. He went on to play for the Springfield Pics and in the AHL for the Springfield Indians, and was honored with an invitation to try out for the Boston Bruins. In the years that followed, he coached youth hockey and continued to play in local leagues. Tommy was a successful small business owner and a member of the Dante Club. He enjoyed sports, including Patriots football and Bruins hockey, and he was a loyal Yankee fan all his life. In recent years, Tommy enjoyed playing Scat with family and friends and became known as the Scat King for his "winning" record. He enjoyed traveling, and one of his favorite places on Earth was the Caribbean, particularly the island of St. Thomas, where he and his wife Valerie spent many wonderful vacations. Nothing was more important to Tommy than his family, including his beloved dog Sophie. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Besides his loving wife Valerie (Galloni) Smith, he leaves his children, Rebecca Noe and her husband Sean of Meredith, NH, Matthew Sharris and his wife Erica of Walpole, MA, Jason Sharris and his wife Marie of Norfolk, MA, and Adam Smith of West Springfield. He will be missed by his adoring grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Skatesy": Samuel, Luc, Kaelynn, Jacob, Masyn, Grace, and a granddaughter on the way. Also left to cherish his memory is his sister Robin Kendall of West Springfield, and his sister and brother-in-law, Jacki and Walter Rogalski of Sebastian, FL. The funeral will be Friday at 11 am at West Springfield Curran-Jones Funeral Home. Calling hours will be Thursday 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For online condolences please visit curranjones.com.