Robert C. Smith Jr.

January 19, 1940 - June 15, 2020

Robert C. Smith Jr., age 80 of Farmington Hills, passed away June 15, 2020.

Bob was a proud graduate of Babson College and started his post college career with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft where he participated in the development of the fuel cell for the Apollo Space program. After leaving Pratt & Whitney, he was employed by Kelsey-Hayes, which at the time was one of the largest O.E.M. suppliers of wheels and brakes for the automotive industry. While there, he held various positions in the brake and wheel divisions including Plant Quality Control Manager. Bob continued to progress with the company and eventually finished his 33-year career as the Director of Procurement for the Brake Division.

Outside of work and family activities, Bob served in multiple roles to help and guide others. As a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America, he taught valuable life lessons and often lead by example. He was also an usher at St. Fabian church for 35 plus years, an active member of the National Ski Patrol for over 25 years and a Red Cross, Advance Emergency First Aid Instructor.

Those who knew Bob will always remember him for his vast range of knowledge on multiple subjects, hard work ethic, eye for detail and his passion for automobiles. Over the years he shaped the lives of those around him and cultivated trusted relationships with both family and friends. He was always willing to help and genuinely cared for the people in his life that meant so much to him. As a devoted husband and father, Bob was proud to provide for and take care of his family. In return, it brings them great comfort knowing that Bob’s final days were peaceful and surrounded by love.

Bob was the beloved husband of Florence for 60 years. Loving father of Rob (Sharon), Joe, and D. J. (Lorrie). Proud grandfather of Michael, Scott, Kyle, Emma, Henry, Makayla, Jason, and the late Anthony. Dear brother of Sandy (Norman) Dovberg.

Bob’s Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Fabian Catholic Church, 32200 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name are appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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