Smith, Garrett A.

Garrett A. Smith, Jr., 83, husband of the late Kathleen (Storrs) Smith, died Friday, February 15th of a rare cancer of the pericardium. Born April 30th, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Garrett A. and Constance (Saward) Smith, Sr., he grew up in Great Neck, NY. Garrett received his B.S. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester and earned two Master’s degrees, one in Far East Studies from Harvard University and one in Geography from Columbia University. He was a United States Air Force veteran specializing in linguistics.
Prior to retiring, Garrett was employed at Citibank in the Foreign Service office in Japan; was a Professor at Barnard College; was the first county recycling coordinator in the USA, Bergen, NY; was the EPA director of region 2, Solid Waste Division; was a Project Manager at Ogden was the EPA Tribal Solid Waste Circuit Rider.
He is survived by his two children, Rebecca Jaoui and her husband Omar and Jared Smith, five grandchildren, Tabitha, Mathew, Emma, Rhea, Maeve, one great-grandchild Skylar and his significant other of 12 years, Maryanne Madigan.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Feb. 23) from 1:00-4:00pm with Remembrances to be held at 2:00pm. Donations may be made to The American Chestnut Foundation, 50 North Merrimon Ave., Suite 115, Asheville, NC 28804.

Calling Hours

Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1:00-4:00pm

Funeral Service

Remembrances in the funeral home on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00pm


Memorial Contribution

The American Chestnut Foundation, 50 North Merrimon Ave., Suite 115, Asheville, NC 28804.

18 Responses to 'Smith, Garrett A.'

  1. Susan Lofthouse says:

    To the Family of Garrett Smith,
    On behalf of the staff at New England Public Radio, WFCR 88.5 I extend our sincere condolences to you. Mr. Smith was a frequent caller to the station and a very loyal donor in support of classical music. He particularly relished our celebration of St. David’s Day when we played Welsh music. He was a warm and friendly supporter and we enjoyed getting to know about his remarkable life through wonderful phone conversations over the years. We are very sad to hear of his death.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Susan Lofthouse
    New England Public Radio

  2. Chaz Miller Arlene Gottlieb says:

    To Jared and Becca and all of Garrett’s family

    Arlene and I send our condolences to you on Garrett’s passing. I had the joy of working with Garrett on recycling and waste issues in the late 70’s and 80’s. Garrett and Kathleen were two of the best people we ever knew. We remember staying overnight with them in both Pelham and Pennsylvania. His smile and infectious joy were always welcome. He had such a wonderful attitude and delicious sense of humor. My job took me to Hartford on a number of occasions in the last few years and we were able to get together for dinner several times, most recently last October. From the Mark Twain House to dinner with Garrett. What a great combination. Garrett loved to eat which made every meal special. We shall always have great memories of him, as we are sure you will.

  3. Sandra Wayne Shultz says:

    To the Family of Garrett Smith
    So sorry please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Your Father left a great impression on everyone he met. we spoke of him often with remembering the good time we had with both your Parents the short time they lived in PA.

    Wayne & Sandy Shultz
    Catawissa, PA

  4. Argie Cirillo says:

    My deepest condolences to Garrett’s family. Garrett was very loved at EPA. With his wealth of knowledge, constant smile, and joy of life, how could he not. It is difficult to find a picture of Garrett at work without that wide open smile and questioning stare. Always curious and full of wonder. My thoughts are with your family.

  5. Rachel Chaput says:

    To Garrett’s family: I am so sorry for your loss. We miss him at EPA too. Garrett was always ready to help, always kind and funny, and an unbelievable storehouse of information! I will remember him very fondly.

  6. Rebecca Jamison says:

    To the Family of Garrett Smith:
    I loved Garrett’s mischievous grin and wiley memories of ideas on how to solve long standing intractable issues. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    Rebecca Jamison
    Oakland, CA

  7. Michaelle Wilson says:

    To Garrett’s Family and Friends,

    My deepest condolences to you on the passing of my dear friend Garrett, one of the most joyful people I’ve known in my long career at EPA. His deep knowledge of tribal cultures and technical expertise made him an invaluable member of our national tribal waste management team. He always made me laugh. He mentored me through awkward moments that sometimes come up when HQ people go out to the real world. I have many beloved memories of him. Surely, you have many, many more. I wish you peace and blessings as you go forward.

    Michaelle Wilson

    P.S. Great Picture!

  8. Les Benedict says:

    To the Garrett Smith family: I’m sorry for Garrett’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Garrett is well known to the Indian Tribes in New York state where he was a solid waste circuit rider. Garrett was kind and gentle and had a great sense of humour. He provided many great ancedotes as he encouraged solid waste management and recycling. He will be fondly remembered for his great smile and his bow tie. He has a lasting legacy and will always be remembered.

  9. Sherry Davis says:

    So sorry to hear of Garrett’s passing. We were both members of a work team with the mission of helping tribes improve solid waste management sustainability. The group first met in November 2014 and is now in the process of finalizing this work. I always looked forward to work team teleconferences and hearing the insights that Garrett shared in such a kind and wise way. He will be greatly missed by many.

  10. Dolly Tong says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Garrett Smith on his passing. Garrett was a colleague of mine since 1995 when I first started working on tribal waste management issues at USEPA based in Chicago. Although Garrett and I worked in different EPA regions, I learned a lot about all kinds of things from him just from his knowledge, wisdom, and experience he exuded while we communicated with other tribal solid waste coordinators via conference call or in-person meetings. We all benefited from Garrett’s passion to improve tribal waste management, which motivated us to work hard on tribal initiatives in our regions. His sharp humor and jovial nature was great fun whenever we met up in person too. I’ll miss him dearly, and I will continue to work towards strengthening tribal waste management program capacity in his honor.

  11. Patty Welch says:

    To Garrett’s family…
    Please accept my most sincere condolences and hope for peace in your hearts. Thank you for sharing him with all of us – He truly was a person who made the world a better place to live. He is greatly missed already and will never be forgotten.

    Ska^no (Peace)
    Patty Welch
    Oneida Nation Bear Clan
    Indian Health Service Manlius Field Office

  12. RENE RICKARD says:

    To the family of Garrett Smith:

    My Condolences on the loss of your father.

    Garrett’s passion to help solve the issues of solid waste for Indian Nations never went unnoticed. We appreciated all is efforts through out the years working with him. His efforts will be missed for sure.

    Rene Rickard-Printup
    Tuscarora Nation

  13. Scott Williams says:

    Good bye my friend. He is one of my most favorite people in the world. His wit and kindness always brought me a smile. I will miss our talks and discussions. Thank You Garrett
    Scott Williams
    United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.

  14. Barbara Heineken says:

    i am so saddened to learn of Garrett’s passing. Garrett gave me my first job after college with the USEPA. i worked with him for 6 years. He was an amazing mentor, and it was the beginning of a 40 year career that I have loved. I live in FL but travel to Hartford on business, and would get together with him occasionally. Happily we had a great dinner last fall, and I am so glad I thought to thank him for giving me that chance. He told me how proud he was of me. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  15. Peter Desmond says:

    To Jared Smith and all of Garrett Smith’s family:
    I am very sorry to hear that your Dad, your Grandfather, your friend, has passed. My sympathies and sincere condolences.
    Peter Desmond

  16. Ellie Kwong says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful for his work with our tribes. May God walk with him and keep his love ones safe.

  17. Kathy McElhany says:

    A greater man I have never known. He was a light to all who knew him. I will greatly miss my “yankee” cousin.

  18. John and Janet says:

    To the Family of Garrett Smith:
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on Garrett’s passing. We will all miss him and his kind and gentle ways. We are just sorry we didn’t know him better.
    With sincerest condolences,
    John and Janet Baker
    Litchfield, CT

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