Edward “Ned” Francis Smith, Sr., 91, of Greenville, Delaware (formerly of Hockessin) passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 at his residence at the Country House. Born in Cohoes, New York, he was the youngest of six children of the late Samuel and Mary (Monahan) Smith and was a graduate of the Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY, Manhattan College in New York City, and Albany Law School in Albany, NY.
Ned was the husband of the late Carolyn Smith who passed away in 1985. He is survived by his 4 children: daughter, Mary Smith of NJ; son, Sam Smith and his wife Marsha, of Fairfax, VA; son, Ned Smith, Jr. of Wilmington, DE; and son Jim Smith and his wife, Christine Smith, of Clifton, VA. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren: Taylor Smith and his wife Lexi, Jeremy Smith, Christopher Smith, Danielle Smith and Alexander Smith. Ned is also survived by his long term companion Frances Culgan, of Kennett Square, PA.
Ned worked with the New York State Chamber of Commerce for a number of years before accepting a position with the DuPont Company to head up the company’s Governmental Affairs division. He relocated the family to Hockessin, DE, where he lived for 39 years. He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed opera, as well as playing the piano and singing. Ned also dabbled in acting and played the role of Bellamy in a Wilmington Drama League production of the musical “The Fantasticks”.
Ned was a devout Catholic his entire life and was an active parishioner at Saint Mary of the Assumption Church throughout his time in Hockessin. At the young age of 44 years old, Ned had a grave stroke leaving the left side of his body severely paralyzed. Although he could no longer enjoy tennis and playing the piano, he refocused his activity on playing and teaching chess, as well as his faith.