Claire A. Smith

Born: Mon., Jan. 18, 1937
Died: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Memorial Mass

10:30 AM Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
Location: St. Joseph's Church

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Claire A. Smith of Belmont passed away peacefully in the presence of family on February 3.  She was the daughter of the late Dr. T. Blake and Catherine (Ward) Smith.  She is survived by sister Lorraine LoGrande and husband Michael of The Villages, FL, brother R. Blake Smith of Belmont, and brother Raymond Smith and wife Dianne of Searsport, ME.  She is also survived by niece Michele Bongiorno and husband John of Fairhope, AL, nephew Michael LoGrande and wife Colleen of Alexandria, VA, nephew John LoGrande and wife Magdalena of Tampa, FL, niece Kate Smith and wife Michelle Grohe of Jamaica Plain, niece Kimberly Smith of Dorchester, niece Erin Brown and husband Justin of Brighton, and nephew Tiernan Smith and wife Sonja Gjokaj of Milton, as well as ten grandnephews and grandnieces.  

Claire was a 1954 graduate of Notre Dame Academy (Granby Street), and a 1958 graduate of Emmanuel College.  She served as Executive Secretary to the Administrator of McLean Hospital, Belmont from 1958 to 1979, and was the Retirement Administrator for the Town of Arlington from 1979 until 1998.  

For years she was an active member of the Massachusetts Rhododendron Society, and a dedicated research volunteer at the Massachusetts State Archives.  She was also a member of her parish Social Justice Ministry.  

One way her love of family was expressed was through her passion for genealogy.  She actively researched the history of her family and the families of friends who were dear to her. Her research took her to Ireland, Nova Scotia and Utah and she spent innumerable hours gathering information online.  At a family reunion she presented each of the 61 people present with their personal genealogy—a gift each will treasure forever.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 10 at 10:30am in St. Joseph Church, 130 Common Street, Belmont. Interment will be at Village Cemetery, Searsport, Maine in the Spring.

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Dick Keshian
   Posted Mon February 05, 2018
I extend my warm sympathies to the family and friends of Claire on the news of her passing. I first met Claire when she became the Retirement Administrator for the Arlington Contributory Retirement Board in 1979. I was serving as a member of the Board. During the many years she served as Administrator she was responsible for guiding employees, retirees, survivors of deceased employees through the retirement process and advising the members of the Board on the intricacies of the law and the numerous regulations governing the retirement system. Only one connected with this system knows how complicated it is. Yet she mastered the system and worked diligently to protect the rights of employees and their survivors. Aside from those skills, I remember Claire as a warm and caring person who constantly went out of her way to be kind and relevant to employees, their survivors and members of the Board. It was when Claire left the Board in 1998 that we learned the value of her skills and more importantly, her friendship. I know Claire will be missed by her family and her friends.

mary kenngott
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
Claire was probably the nicest person I have even know. The 32 years of weekends and lunches will always be remembered and cherished. May she rest in peace...from a fellow "girlie".

Ann C. landers
   Posted Thu February 08, 2018
Dear Lorraine, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Claire. Loved it when she came to our art class in Quincy. Her paintings were gentle and soft. Last week I was just about to call her and ask her to come and join us at the Kennedy Center.
Claire helped me by doing some research on my grandfather. It was my privilege to know such a beautiful person as your sister.

Ann C Landers

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