Obituary: Timothy (Tim) Smith, 56, Beloved Father, Friend, Fire Marshal

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Jan 222020

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith

Timothy Patrick Smith, 56, of Prospect, passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2020. Born on August 21, 1963 in New Haven, he was the son of the late George and Dorothy Smith.

Tim was a native of Orange, and an Amity alumni. He became a volunteer firefighter in 1984, Deputy Fire Marshal in 1986, and appointed Fire Marshal in 1989. He was part of many organizations including the International Association of Arson Investigations, CT State Fire Marshals Associations, and the NFPA. Tim also received several awards for fire prevention and investigation in the town of Orange. Everyone in his neighborhood and the town knew they could call on him any day of the week for his help in their homes, fixing and building anything they needed.

Anyone who knew Tim, knows that he was an extremely skilled woodworker. On most days, you could find him in his workshop making furniture, wooden trucks, trains, jewelry boxes and just about anything you could think of. He had just began a business personalizing wooden pens. Tim was also exceptionally talented at building vintage and WWII model airplanes. This included a love for flying, enjoying anytime he was able to ride in a helicopter. He would attend airshows with his daughters, sharing his detailed knowledge about the history of each plane, battle, etc. His daughter, Hannah, had decided to become a History major at UConn because of him.

During warmer weather, Tim loved to fish, especially fly-fishing at his favorite river spot in Cornwall, CT and near Charles Island in Milford. Tim impressively tied his own flies, part of the reason he would always snag a fish. He was an avid sports fan and member of the Amity Field Hockey Men’s Club, supporting his daughter, Alexa, as goalie. He enjoyed horseback riding with his girlfriend, Terri. He loved his animals dearly, which included his horse, Harley, and many dogs and chickens.

Tim leaves behind his beloved daughters, Hannah and Alexa Smith; loving girlfriend, Terri Philibert; mother of his daughters, Margaret Puddester-Smith; siblings, Katherine (Richard) Berluti and David A. Smith; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Jessica, Melissa, Garrett, Danielle, David “D.J.”, Chrissy, Cassie, Brian, and Amanda; and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Interment will be private. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Association, P.O. box 878, Orange, CT 06477 for a scholarship set up for both of Tim’s daughters. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Orange Fire Department Posts Funeral Arrangements for Fire Marshal Tim Smith

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Jan 222020

Hundreds expected to pay respects to fire marshal killed in the line of duty Sunday

Firefighters, police and municipal officials from across Connecticut and beyond are expected to pay their respects this weekend to Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith, who died in the line of duty Sunday.

Working on behalf of the family, First Selectman James Zeoli, Orange Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas and Deputy Fire Marshal James Vincent laid out the plans to accommodate Smith’s family and members of the public safety community who wish to attend Friday’s wake and Saturday’s funeral.

Here are the details:

Wake – Friday, Jan. 24

Smith’s wake will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Cody White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford. An honor guard is being provided by members of the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office and the Orange Volunteer Fire Association, as well as members from surrounding departments who worked with Smith. In addition, the Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard will be assisting.

Except for on-duty personnel, those attending the wake are asked to enter from the rear of the building. On-duty personnel can enter the front of the funeral home. They will be escorted to the front of the line so they can pay their respects and get back on duty.

Parking arrangements are:

  • The Cody-White parking lot (2) is reserved for the family and handicapped guests.
  • The public and individual firefighters are asked to park in the Milford Senior Center lot on Jepson Drive (3).  If the Jepson Drive lot fills up, additional parking will be available behind the Milford courthouse, 14 W. River St.  A shuttle bus will run between those locations and the funeral home.
  • Berchem Moses PC, attorneys, have made their parking lot at 75 Broad St. (4) available. It is designated for public safety chiefs with official cars and municipal officials.
  • On-duty personnel can park their vehicles on the eastbound side of Broad Street opposite the funeral home.

Because of the number of people expected, Nelson Ambulance will have an EMS unit standing by and Milford Fire will have their canteen truck available.

Funeral – Saturday, Jan. 25

Tim Smith’s life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road in Orange. Parking will be available at the church. If additional parking is needed, it will be available at Saint Barbara’s Church. Personnel will be on the scene to direct guests to parking. There is no graveside service.

A repast is scheduled after the funeral at the Racebrook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave.

As is the tradition for fallen firefighters, Smith will be transported from the funeral home to the church on the back of a fire engine, accompanied by an honor guard. Apparatus from many area departments are expected to be part of the procession. The funeral will feature bagpipers from three pipe-and-drum groups, a last dispatch to honor Smith, the ringing of a ceremonial fire bell and the presentation of a flag and Smith’s helmet to his family.

During the wake and funeral, firefighters from Ansonia, Oxford, North Branford and East Haven will be in Orange to respond to alarms.  AMR will post an ambulance near the church.

Smith was called to the scene of a house fire Sunday afternoon to investigate the cause. After he completed the investigation, he was headed home when he was killed in a one-vehicle motor vehicle accident. The crash is still under investigation by the Woodbridge Police Dept. and the Connecticut State Police accident reconstruction team.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the fire and police departments in surrounding towns,” said Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas. “While we work to help Tim’s family and friends, including members of our own department and the Fire Marshal’s office, the sympathy, support and very real commitment of time and resources from these other departments is helping Orange firefighters pay tribute to Tim and mourn his loss.”

A Show Of Love And Respect For Fire Marshal Tim Smith (and funeral details)

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Jan 212020

Fire Marshal Tim Smith’s turn out gear

Click here for the  Procession video  courtesy of the OVFD.

On late Monday afternoon the Orange Volunteer Fire Department gave the town’s beloved Fire Marshal Tim Smith, who passed away in the line of duty* on Sunday afternoon, a fitting show of love and respect.

Fire trucks, members of the OVFD and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), whom he trained, lined up in front of Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road, which was draped with a black shroud in his memory. Tim’s turnout gear was neatly stacked up front and center.

Rescue 1, Engine 34, along with several Orange Police cruisers, Deputy Fire Marshal James Vincent, and others, accompanied Smith’s body to the Cody-White Funeral Home in Milford.

Prior to arriving in Orange, with the assistance of the OVFD and the Connecticut State Police, the body was transported by the Deputy Fire Marshal, OVFD Car 1, and Engine 34 in the motorcade from Farmington to Milford.

Along the route, the brothers and sisters from West Haven Professional Firefighters and Milford Fire Department came out to show their respects, standing on top of their fire trucks on an overpass on I-95 as the procession passed.

Calling hours will be at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 North Broad Street, Milford from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. 

His funeral will take place at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, at 10 a.m. 

*Tim’s passing was in the line of duty because he was working in his official capacity as fire marshal following a fire call in Orange.

Orange Firefighters, Employees Mourn Loss Fire Marshal Tim Smith

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Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith                                                                        (Photo by Terri Miles)

Following is a press release from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department:

Volunteer firefighters and town employees in Orange today are reeling from the loss of long-time Fire Marshal Tim Smith, who died Sunday after investigating a fire in a local home.

“The Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Orange Town employees are mourning the untimely passing of Tim Smith, our fire marshal,” said Vaughan Dumas, fire chief.

“Tim was an invaluable member of the town’s public safety corps and will be missed here in town and across the state,” added First Selectman James M. Zeoli.

Dumas said Smith was called to a structure fire at 161 Tyler City Road around 1:20 p.m. Sunday to determine the cause and origin of the fire. He had completed that task and was returning home when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Woodbridge.

The Woodbridge Police and Connecticut State Police accident reconstruction team are investigating the crash. They will release their findings and comments when their investigation is complete.

Smith was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years. He became a town employee in 1986 as a deputy fire marshal and rose to the fire marshal’s post in April 1989.

In addition to being a certified state fire marshal, Smith was a fire service instructor for the Valley Regional Fire School. He received an award from the International Association of Arson Investigators in 2015 for outstanding accomplishment in relation to an investigation of an arson fire on Golf Road.

Smith was known as a progressive and innovative fire official. He inaugurated the use of drones to investigate fires. He also implemented the use special software to track fires in town and report them to the state.

His family has requested privacy as they mourn their loss, said Zeoli. Funeral arrangements will be announced.

— By Doug Fenichel

Beloved Orange Native Dies In Motor Vehicle Accident

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Jan 192020

Around 4:45 p.m. today (Sunday, Jan. 19) after responding to a house fire in Orange, Fire Marshal Tim Smith was returning home to Prospect on Route 69 (Litchfield Turnpike) near Downs Road in Woodbridge.

According to reports, his vehicle left the road and hit a tree.

From what I understand, Tim died at the scene.

My heart goes out to his daughters Hannah and Alexa, you girls were his world.

Seniors Martin and Blakeslee lead Amity in Win over Hillhouse

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Jan 192020


After three tough losses the Amity Girls Basketball team bounced back Friday night with a tremendous win versus an extremely athletic Hillhouse team.
The energy in the gym was amazing after Senior captain Jillian Martin scored her 1,000 point early in the first quarter!
The girls played with such energy, toughness and togetherness throughout the night. An impressed balanced offensive attack kept Amity in the lead entire game. Team scored five three pointers in first quarter from 4 different girls (Martin 2, Blakeslee, Whitman and Granadas all with 1)
Half time score 35-27.
Tremendous defensive effort from all the girls , especially from Catherine Thomas ( 9 rebounds) and Abby Eschweiler (7 rebounds) with big defensive rebounds all game.
Great balanced offensive attack lead by Martin with 18 points, Blakeslee’s with 12, Whitman 9 points, Granados 7 points, Thomas 4 points.
The team shot 13 for 15 from foul line, including 7 for 8 clutch foul shots in the fourth quarter!
Other Key Contributions included:
Megan Smith with 5 assist
Jayne Whitman with 3 key three pointers, Martin with 6 assist
The Lady Spartans improved their record to 6-4 and the next game is on Tuesday vs North Haven.
— By Robyn Martin

Lady Spartan Hoopster Jillian Martin Joins The 1,000 Point Club

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Jan 182020

The Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at Amity High School was electric on Friday night. Fans in the stands anxiously clutched their yellow sheets of paper waiting for that golden moment. Senior Jillian Martin had 999 career points under her belt and needed just one more to join the previous 12 Amity boys and girls who scored 1,000 points in the past.

There is no ‘I’ in T.E.A.M.

Like a true team player, Jillian didn’t hog the ball and try to make her mark, rather she passed it to her teammates when they were open and played the game as she always had.

Then, with 5:44 remaining in the first quarter, Jillian stood on the foul line for a shot and nailed it. The crowd roared, and stood up in the stands holding their sheets of paper with “1,000” printed on them, teammates ran in with a banner and four giant gold helium balloons and amongst the hugs and smiles, made a bee line to center court for the congratulatory photo ops.

Congratulations Jillian, You EARNED This!

After a minute or two, the referee blew his whistle, everyone cleared the court and the game continued.

Hillhouse fought hard, but they simply couldn’t stay ahead of our Lady Spartans.

See game story to be published soon.




Weather Forecast Prompts Game Postponements

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Jan 182020

While grocery stores get wiped out of bread and milk in anticipation of today’s predicted snowfall, Amity Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin started working on the weekend sports schedules yesterday.

As a result, today’s boys ice hockey game vs. Conard will now take place tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:45 p.m. at Bennett Ice Rink in West Haven.

The girls hockey game in Simsbury also is postponed until tomorrow — Time still to be determined.

Best of luck to the Spartans and the Blades tomorrow.


Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through Sunday Morning

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Jan 172020

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Snow is expected with total accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in southern Connecticut

The most likely time of development for snow will be in the early to mid-afternoon.

Snow will end as a period of light rain in the evening so plan on slippery road conditions.

This May Be A BIG Night For One Lady Spartan

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Jan 172020

The Amity Girls Basketball Team 5-4 hosts Hillhouse 3-5 tonight at Amity at 7 p.m.

Come and cheer on the team, and wait-for-it, possibly watching senior, Jillian Martin join the 1,000 point club.

The possibility is more than likely as Jillian makes more than 10 points in each game.

Come for the game, come for the historic moment, don’t miss this game.