59, a life-long resident of Swanzey died unexpectedly at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
Howard was born the son of the late Ruth J. (Wilson) and Howard F. Smith Sr. on December 30, 1957 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Monadnock Regional High School, class of 1976.
On April 23, 2001 he exchanged vows with Catherine A. Wilkins. They were married in a simple service in Las Vegas, Nevada. They have been married for sixteen years.
Whitey was the owner and operator of the W & W Trucking Company based in Swanzey. He has owned the company for almost twenty years. Prior, Whitey had worked for Cheshire Transportation, now Laidlaw Trucking and Beaman Lumber.
He enjoyed many things in life. In his younger years Whitey was a football player for the Monadnock Regional High School. Whitey had a soft spot for horses. He loved to be around them and he was always up for going to horse pulls. Time was spent watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. He also enjoyed other sports too.
Whitey’s love of muscle cars was well known. He loved the look of the old Chevy Chevelle. As time went on in life things changed. He loved to spent time with his wife, children and eventually grandchildren.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Catherine “Cathy” A. Smith of Swanzey. His children; Christina Clement, her husband Steven of Hinsdale, son in law Mathew Mattson, and his son Jeffrey S. Putnam of Newmarket. His siblings; Robert Smith of Swanzey, Lou Smith and his wife Lisa of Swanzey and Tina Labarre and her husband John of Swanzey. Grandchildren; Haile Mattson, Morgan Mattson, Tyler Mattson, Mariah Holden, Kelsi Clement and Connor Clement. A great grandchild, Liyanna Holden. His brother in-law Al Dingman of Swanzey. In addition he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Whitey is pre-deceased by his daughter Rebecca Mattson, sister Naomi Dingmand, and sister in-law Andrea Smith who passed earlier.
In keeping with Whitey’s wishes there are no formal services at this time. Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 5 to 8pm. in the funeral chapel. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Howard F. Smith Jr. to: Eastern Draft Horses Association, 110 Canfield Rd. Center Barnstead, NH. 03225. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com