Edward Anthony Smith Jr.

Edward Anthony Smith Jr.

November 04, 1949 - August 05, 2019
Laguna Hills CA

Edward Anthony Smith Jr.

November 04, 1949 - August 05, 2019
Laguna Hills CA


 Ed passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019 at his home in Laguna Hills, California. 

He was born on November 4, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to his parents Edward and Thelma Smith and grew up there and in New Jersey and graduated from North Catholic High School in Philadelphia. After a Computer Science education, he enlisted in the Navy. Ed served four years where he was stationed in Vietnam, Guam and San Diego, followed by two years as an inactive reservist. 

He spent his entire career working in various aspects of the technology field. He was employed by CMC/Pertec, ICOT, Toshiba, Cisco Systems and Fujitsu and ended his career as an independent consultant for several years. Ed declared himself retired on the last Tuesday of September 2018. 

Ed was a licensed sailplane pilot (before children), an enthusiastic black and white photographer, coin collector, astronomer, history buff, and aspiring artist. He held memberships in the American Society for Quality, The Elongated Collectors (coins), and Orange County Astronomers. Whether formal or for fun, he continued his education throughout his life. He enjoyed taking classes and courses on a wide variety of subjects, from cooking to technical training and everything in between. 

Ed loved his family and was so proud and pleased about even the smallest accomplishments. His wide circle of friends and associates became his “extended family,” and all were recipients of his generous praise and encouragement. He never stopped singing everyone’s praises, and never recognized that as his true gift. 

He is predeceased by his father Edward A., mother Thelma B. and brother William M. Smith. He leaves behind his loving wife of over 42 years Pamela, daughter Jessica, son Michael, sister Judy (Paul) Procknow, sister Rita Smith, sister-in-law Melanie (William) Smith, 3 nephews, 6 nieces, 2 great nephews and 1 great niece. He will be missed by all. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, National Kidney Foundation, or any charity of your choice.  Or do a random act of kindness.  Let’s do some good in remembrance of Ed.

Remembrance Gathering

  • Date & Time: November 03, 2019 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

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23 responses to Edward Anthony Smith Jr.

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  1. Vinay Goyal says:

    As the ASQ section member and member leader and I came to know hundreds of members but there only a few who you remember for their good attitude. Ed was one of them. Two years in a row he attended our December Social and volunteer recognition events. This year we are going to miss Ed.

  2. Niece Sandy says:

    Thank you for always encouraging me to dream big and to never stop learning. Also, thank you for introducing me to “The Andromeda Strain,” as it really was a great book. I’m glad we got to geek out about it and other science fiction together; those are memories I’ll always be grateful for.

    Love you, and rest peacefully for now, cause I’m gonna talk your ear off when we meet again. ♥

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