The following obituary is available at legacy.com:
Jeffrey P. Smith, age 70, of Fairfield, the loving husband of Carol MacKenzie Smith, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
Born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Harry and Lillian Smith, Jeff was a graduate of Rye Tech in Stamford and attended the Culinary Institute of America. Prior to his retirement, Jeff was the owner of A Sign Depot in Newtown and The Deli-Bake in New Canaan, which he owned with his father.
A well-known bird carver, Jeff won several first place ribbons over the years at the Wildfowl Carving Competition in Maryland. Several articles have been written about Jeff’s carvings, and he was once quoted saying, “I’ve been pretty lucky with it, I guess. I’ve sold them to a lot of interesting people,” he said. “I’ve got birds around the world.”
In addition to his wife, Jeff is survived by his two devoted daughters, Kyle Ann McCarthy and her husband, Christopher and Kelli Lyn Smith, both of Fairfield and his three cherished grandsons, Colin, Gavin and Dylan. He was predeceased by his sister, Gale Lorden.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 S. Pine Creek Road, Fairfield. Interment is private.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Connecticut Audubon Society, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com.