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David J.
Smudin Sr.

August 25, 1940 – October 25, 2018

David Smudin
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Obituary for David J. Smudin Sr.


WATERBURY – David John Smudin Sr. PhD., age 78 of Waterbury, passed away peacefully on October 25th 2018 at the Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Gloria (DeBalko) Smudin.

David was born in Hazelton, PA the son of the late John and Margaret (Deddy) Smudin. David married his high school sweetheart, Gloria, and was happily married for over 55 years. He attended Saint Joseph’s University, Rutgers University, and Yale University, ultimately receiving his PhD in chemistry. David and his family moved to Waterbury in 1974 and he began working for Uniroyal Chemical Co. Inc in 1976 where he was employed until his retirement in 2003.

David was the patriarch of his large family and enjoyed every minute spent doing family activities. He especially loved the annual family vacation to Hilton Head Island, SC. He was active in the Boy Scout Troop 3 while his children and grandchildren were members and was a devout Roman Catholic who could be found at Saints Peter and Paul’s Church every Sunday morning. David was also a classic car enthusiast and enjoyed listening to all types of music, especially the Sunday morning polkas, and played several instruments himself. David will be sadly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

Besides his wife Gloria, David is survived by his four children, David Smudin Jr., Kristen Smudin and her husband Jay, Jennifer Snyder and her husband Noj, and Melissa Smudin. He also leaves his grandchildren: Christopher and his wife Nicole, Stephanie, Amanda, Aimee, Matthew, Nicholas, Ryan, Mackenzie, Lia, Christopher, and Benjamin as well as his great grandchildren Carter and Fox. He was predeceased by David Jr.’s wife, Suzanne and Melissa’s husband, Ryan.

The Smudin family would like to thank and acknowledge all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Vitas Innovative Care, Smilow Cancer Center, Leever Cancer Center and the Xavier 3 staff at Saint Mary’s Hospital for all the love, compassion, and support that they provided to David and his family during his illness.

Funeral services for Mr. Smudin will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:00 am at Saints Peter and Paul Church 67 Southmayd Rd. Waterbury CT when a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home 1987 East Main St Waterbury, CT 06705 has been honored to assist the Smudin family with arrangements. For additional information or to extend online expressions of sympathy to the family, kindly visit the funeral home website at:

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Service Information

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 11:00am
Rev. John Lavorgna
Saints Peter & Paul Church
56 Southmayd Rd
Waterbury, CT 06705

Interment Information

At the Convenience of the family
Waterbury, CT
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