Robert Michael Smith CRAFTSBURY — Robert Michael Smith, 71, of Craftsbury, joined his ancestors on Jan. 3, 2019, at his home. He was born on July 4, 1947, in Woodbridge, New Jersey, to Thomas Francis Smith and Jean Carol Berg Smith, descendants of Irish and Dutch immigrants. He was raised in New Jersey, attending Woodbridge High School, playing basketball on the city circuit. After graduating from Seton Hall, he was a social worker in Bayonne, New Jersey, working with recent Puerto Rican immigrants, with his knowledge of Spanish. He married his first wife, Jonee Rosemary Kasper, in 1969. He joined the New Jersey National Guard, going to basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before moving to Vermont in 1972 and joining the Vermont National Guard. He was hired as a probation and parole officer for the Burlington district corrections office. In 1976, he became the district director for Probation and Parole, and in 1987, the director of Probation and Parole for the State of Vermont. His next position was as director of Human Resource Development for the Department of Corrections. He was one of the pioneers in the state of Vermont for restorative justice. Bob was also very active with the New England Council on Crime and Delinquency (NECCD). He was president in 1999 and in 2002 was the recipient of the Angelo R. Musto Award for Outstanding contribution to NECCD. Robert received his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, in 1968 and received his Master’s in Public Administration from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski. Robert taught part time at Champlain College in Burlington and CCV where he taught courses on corrections and criminology. He was a sought-after trainer at the National Institute of Corrections. He enjoyed body building, running, cross country and telemark skiing, camping and hiking. His indoor hobbies were reading and writing poetry and studying the Spanish and French languages. On Sept. 25, 1993, he married the former Margaretann Hadden, of Craftsbury, a para-educator who survives him. He is also survived by his children Capt. Michael Smith, in Yokosuka, Japan, and Elizabeth Katherine Smith, of Manhattan, New York City; his sister-in-law, Mary Kate Hadden; his nephew, Eric Smith and wife Yukiko; and two nieces Rianna and Reina Smith. He was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Smith. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury with the Rev. Francis Prive celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Spring interment in Craftsbury Village Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, VT 05843. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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