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“I thank God for allowing Charles and I to work together. He was my Supervisor and friend at the time of my retirement. I will never forget his...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Kathy and I send our condolences to family and friends.He was a wonderful son and brother.He will be missed by many. Our prayers and thoughts go out...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Timothy and Kathy Smoot/ Tanner - DE

“To the family,this is very sad news. I met Charles once at his parents home. I know how proud they were of him. My prayers to Chuck and Joan. ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: leanora Pierce-Moody - Wilmington, DC

“I met Charles when he Chaired a programming committed we were both on. The committee work was tedious and complex but Charles led the team with grace...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Barbara Brown - Philadelphia, PA

“o my god the pain I feel for not having known Charles. The emotions we would have shared when it came to our love of OPERA, i will sadly miss . My...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: William Kowalewski - New Castle, DE

“May his light shine on thru us forever. ”
6 of 29 | Posted by: carrie szcz - Sister

“Charles was a gentleman liked and admired by all who knew him at the Free Library. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Joe Terry - Philadelphia, PA

“Please accept our condolences in the loss of Chuck. It is never easy to loose a loved one but know he will be with you always in your hearts and...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Chris Fagles - Middletown, DE

“I am so sorry to hear the sad news. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I have so many fond memories of Chuck from the years spent with...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Rosane Corullon - DE - Friend

“I met Chuck in the 7th grade. We were friends throughout junior/senior high school and had lunch together almost every day. I have thought of him...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Jack Kirk - Sarasota, FL

“I had great memories of Chuck, as we were classmates through Gunning Bedford School. As I remember, he was kind and friendly to everyone. I felt...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“To Richard HarrisA donation to The Nature Conservancy has been made in memory of Chuck Smith by the Bringardner family. We did not all know Chuck...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Susan Bringardner Kennedy - DE

“To Richard Harris. A donation to The Free Library of Philadelphia has been made in memory of Charles. ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Lloyd Luzerne Thoms III - DE

“I met Chuck and Brenda when they first came to Saint Georges ....we shared elementary and high school and lots if memories of small town USA....May...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Margaret Michini - Wilmington, DE

“Please accept my sincere condolences at this time of bitter loss. The bible indicates that God is near to those broken at heart. May your memories...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Jenine Smith - Newark, DE

“I had the pleasure of working with Charles when he was Branch Manager of the Free Library's Donatucci(Passyunk) Branch. He was a creative and...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Carolyn Hale - Philadelphia, PA

“I've known Chuck for decades as a close friend of my sister Donna. He was one of the kindest persons I've ever known. Donna and Chuck had several...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Jean Whitcomb - Madison, WI

“Charles,You were an awesome supervisor. You helped me through some tough times.I remember becoming Bookstacks supervisor and being clueless in my...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Faith Smallwood - Philadelphia, PA

“I did not know Charles. I extend sympathy and condolence to his partner, family, friends and acquaintances. I am certain that Charles will be...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Lloyd Luzerne Thoms III - DE

20 of 29 | Posted by: Lloyd Luzerne Thoms III - DE

“A sudden passing is difficult as there is no preparation. My sympathy for your loss.In sorrow,Loretta ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Loretta Aja

“I'm so heart broken about Chuck's passing. He was my first Supervisor when I started working for the Free Library. He was more than that to me, he...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Patricia Andrews - Philadelphia, PA

“I was so heartbroken to hear this news. Charles was one of the kindest people to work for when I arrived at the Central Library. He was always so...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: renee bundy - phila, PA

“I only knew Charles in passing, but even in passing he was always kind. God rest his soul. My condolences to the family. ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa-Jane Erwin - Philadelphia, PA

“Our Father in heaven, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.Matthew 6:9, 10, (The Jerusalem Bible)....Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: - GA

“Charles was the best colleague and the finest of friends. As a colleague, he worked on a task force with me and brought intelligence, expertise,...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Audrey Roll - Philadelphia, PA

“Charles was such a nice person. He was always smiling. I missed him when he retired but now I will really miss him knowing that I will never see his...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Patti Simon - Philadelphia, PA

“I worked with Charles at Northwest Regional Library in the 1980's. I remember him as a kind and gentle man. He was Chuck then and trying very hard...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Janice Kubiak - Columbia, MD

“He is gone too soon! ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Will Bricker - Philadelphia, PA

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Charles W. "Chuck" Smith, age 61, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he had vacationed every July for more than twenty years.

Born in 1954, he was the son of Charles S. and Joan (Hopkins) Smith. He was raised in St. Georges, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and the University of Wisconsin with a Masters of Library Science. He had a 32 year career with the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Chuck was retired and enjoying all of his passions, travel, gardening, cooking, opera, the arts, and his love of nature. He planned many trips with family and friends to share his discoveries. We will miss his love of sharing with family and friends his travels around the world, especially Vienna.

A loving and devoted partner, son, brother, uncle and friend, Chuck will be missed. In addition to his parents, Chuck is survived by his lifelong partner of 23 years, Richard Harris; siblings Brenda (Bill) Walters, Carrie (Jamie) Szczecinski, Wendy (John) Smith-Kerr, Andrew Smith; and nieces and nephews, Brendan and Phillip Walters, Julia, Dan, Kelly and John Szczecinski, Breanna, Zane and Esme Kerr, and Eric, Adam and Emily Smith. Also grieving are his lifelong friends, Donna Bringardner, Don Root, Bob Hadfield and Margaret Morris.

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at New Castle Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd Street, New Castle, DE 19720 at 10:30am, where a Memorial Service will begin at 11:00am. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Civil Liberties Union at or The Nature Conservancy at

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