Darrell Wayne Smith

December 10, 1945 – June 6, 2022

Darrell Smith, age 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 6, 2022, at Newton Wellesley Hospital surrounded by his loving Daughters. Born in Bar Harbor Maine, recently a resident of CareOne Assisted Living in Peabody MA, and formally of Mansfield, MA. He is the son of late Natalie Smith (Stuber) and Leroy “Bud” Smith.

Predeceased by his mother Natalie Smith (Stuber), and father Leroy “Bud” Smith.  Survived by his daughter Melissa “Missie” Karch, her husband Scott, grandsons Cameron and Tyler, daughter Sharna Sannicandro and her husband Dave, grandsons Anthony and Devin, all of Taunton, MA. His siblings; sister Karen Albers her husband Bob, nephew Brian of Pitman, NJ, sister Janice Smith of CA, niece Christine Danca Morgan, her husband Phil of Coeur d’Alene ID, sister Cindy Durham of Mooresville NC, niece Amanda and her husband John Tatro of Attleboro, MA, and brother Roy Smith. Former spouses Jean Sack-Smith Keehn of Foxboro, and Arlene Smith of Mansfield. Aunts, Uncles, and several cousins. 

Darrell was a jack of all trades, he worked as an electrician, auto mechanic, in the warehouse for Kimberly Containers, drove trucks and worked as an exterminator for Terminix. 

Darrell was a devoted NASCAR fan, never missing a Sunday race. Enjoyed attending parties for the “Great American Race” aka Daytona 500! His favorite pastime hobby was Racing Mini-Modified Stock Cars across the New England circuit. He was the driver of the #98 cars starting in his first car a VW bug, later replaced with a Pinto – owned by Frank Procopio. Along w/the owner and crew he earned the 1980 title of (New England Mini Modified) NEMM Points Champion and the 1980 NEMM Championship. Nicknamed “Squirrel” for his love of nuts but lack of being able eat them due to his dentures, suffice to say Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were the candy of choice. 

As an avid sports fan, when not watching NASCAR, you could always find him watching his favorite Boston Teams. He enjoyed the teams of the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Red Sox.

Darrell enjoyed having a dog by his side, a cold beer in his hand and spending his summers (or any free time) up in West Kennebunk, Maine @ Yankeeland Campground where for several years he owned a seasonal trailer. When not patronizing the local watering hole, Darrell obtained a part time job working for Bentley’s Saloon which allowed him the ability to stay most of the year in Maine which was his ultimate Happy Place. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering for Darrell’s “Remembrance of Life” which will be held Friday June 24th starting at 4:30pm @ 2 Bunny Hop Way, Taunton MA

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to a charity of your choice. 


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  1. Don Thomas on June 13, 2022 at 10:33 am

    We are sorry to hear of Darrell’s passing. I enjoyed watching Darrell’s early VW Mini-Stock days as he learned and developed into a talented race car driver. We have posted his obit on the Norwood Arena Speedway Historic Website Message Board.
    Don Thomas

  2. Margaret Anderson on June 13, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Hi girls. So sorry to hear about your dad. Sounds like he had a fun and active life.

  3. Cheri Harris-Dugan on June 13, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Missy & Sharna, So sorry to hear about your father. Sounds like he lived a fun and interesting life doing what he loved to do.

  4. Theresa Marie Robert on June 13, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Missy and Sharna. Sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Hope the memories of your times together and knowing he enjoyed life to its fullest will bring you comfort at this difficult time.

  5. Annie Pollard (Reposa) on June 13, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Missy & Sharna,

    So sorry to hear about your dad. But, as others have noted, it sure does sound like he lived a happy life.

    Not sure if you remember me – I used to work and hang out with your mom way back when in the Medfield days!
    I have very fond memories of her.

  6. Louise McLaughlin on June 13, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    So sorry to hear about your dad.

  7. Julie Campbell on June 13, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Missie and Sharna, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. May your memories of him comfort you.

  8. Liz Ellis on June 14, 2022 at 5:08 am

    So sorry to hear about your dad!

  9. Rachael Chard on June 14, 2022 at 7:01 am

    Missie and Sharna- I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He sounded like a great guy . Thinking of you all and your families.

  10. Jason Goguen on June 14, 2022 at 8:05 am

    Missie and Sharn I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Thoughts and prayers for you and family.

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