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Robert F Smith
Feb. 8, 2017

Robert F. Smith

Robert F. "Snuff" Smith

Robert F. Smith passed away January 29, 2018, in Virginia Beach, VA. He will be buried at sea with a U.S. Naval service this summer.

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  • Robert Francis Smith

    Robert Francis "Snuff" Smith, 90, passed away January 29, 2018.

    He was born February 20, 1927, to Peter F. and Victoria J. Smith. He was predeceased by his son, Michael, in January 2002. Robert served in the Pacific during the latter part of World War II. After his discharge from the Navy, he earned a B.S. degree from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Robert spent 33 years as a Federal Criminal Investigator which included duty with the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he was appointed to Assistant Inspector General. He was a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police, Navy Musicians Association, American Society for Industrial Security, and the Federal Criminal Investigators Association. Robert played the bass fiddle in the U.S. Navy Band and with numerous bands in Pennsylvania. He performed with Nat King Cole and Bob Hope.

    He leaves behind his beloved wife, Dianne Warren Smith; his daughters, Bobbi Young, Frani Schmell, and a stepson, Jason Drew; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a sister, MaryAnn Grinnell. He had a passionate love for dogs and leaves behind his precious Labrador, Melody. His zest for life will be truly missed by everyone that knew him.

    A memorial mass will be held at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Virginia Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Beach SPCA. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Princess Anne Chapel assisting the family. Condolences may be offered to the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home