Francis Edwin Smith, 83
Born in Foxboro on Dec. 4, 1928, he was a son of the late Roy Smith and Doris (Brown) Smith and brother of the late Lloyd Smith, all of Foxboro. He was a graduate of Foxboro High School where he played football, basketball and captained the baseball team.
Fran worked for his dad's ice business while in high school and after graduating he worked for the Foxboro Co. and played professional baseball for the Boston Braves and a Canadian AAA league. He was a pitcher for the Braves during the 1948 World Series. Fran also played for the Mansfield Townies Football Team and a semi-professional hockey team until an injury ended his professional sports career. He continued to play softball for town and church leagues and coached a little league team.
Fran and his brother Lloyd opened Foxboro's first full-service gas station in the town center. He later worked for the Foxboro School Department until he retired and moved to Florida in 1979.
A founding member of Faith Baptist Church in Silver Springs, he was a former member and trustee of the First Baptist Church of Foxboro and served on the building committee as well as a church custodian.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Naomi L. Hagan of Barrington, R.I., and Linda M. Fitzgibbon of Pawtucket, as well as five sons: David C. Smith of Yarmouthport, Daniel F. Smith of Muskego, Wis., Donald P. Smith of Montville, N.J., Douglas E. Smith of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Darin P. Smith of Hawthorne, N.J.; and 24 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours are Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Foxboro Bible Church, 115 Mechanic St., Foxboro, with Pastor Bill Dudley officiating, followed by burial at Rockhill Cemetery.