Kenneth T. Smith Jr.

Date of Passing:

September 23, 2020

Smith, Kenneth T. Jr., 59, of North Street, Riverside, died peacefully on September 23, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Brenda Lee (Degrenier) Smith.

Born in Providence, a son of Kenneth T. Smith Sr. of Riverside and the late Jean D. (Frank) Smith, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Mr. Smith was a welder fabricator and contractor for many years.

Kenneth enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, motorcycle riding, boating, visiting Prudence Island and spending time with his loving grandchildren. A sports enthusiast, he was a devoted Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox fan.

Besides his wife of thirty eight years and his father, he is survived by a son, Craig T. Smith of Riverside; a daughter, Kristin L. Smith of Riverside; six grandchildren, Kiley N. Smith, Natalia L. Palermo, Emma L. Smith, Alyanna L. Palermo, Avaleigh M. Smith and Paisley R. Smith; a sister, Dolores J. Baker of Riverside and three brothers, William K. Smith, Scott A. Smith and Todd R. Smith all of Riverside.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday September 27, 2020 in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett, Avenue, Riverside from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. The guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health will be observed. Face coverings are required and only fifteen people will be allowed in the building at a time. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Kenneth’s memory to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. George and I heard the news today. We are saddened and shocked to hear of Kenny’s passing. We are sending our prayers, thoughts and love for you and everyone who is struggling. We wish we found out sooner.

  2. We are very sorry for your loss.
    Our deepest sympathy for all of the family.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Just heard. So sad. He was a great man, one anyone would love to talk to. He will surely be missed. RIP, Kenny!

  4. It’s hard to hear talk about peace and angels and Heaven when you’ve got a big hole where your heart used to be.
    So I won’t do happy talk. I’ll only say I’m praying for you, and wish you didn’t have to say goodbye…. ?
    Love, Chris & Barry Farrands

  5. My Deepest Sympathy For The Entire Smith Family and Kenny’s Friends He Will Be Deeply Missed

  6. Condolences to all of the family.

  7. Brenda and the Smith family my heartfelt condolences go out to you as you remember Kenny. I feel privileged that my son Brian and my granddaughters Natalia and Alyanna had such a good and generous man as a father in law and a grandfather. They shared so many happy memories with me over the years of all the family camping trips and wonderful times on Prudence Island. Kenny’s spirit will live on through these wonderful memories. I am so sorry for everyone’s loss.
    Paula Palermo Johnson

  8. Our hearts are so broken. ?Brenda, your loyal love and devotion for Kenny was so apparent. Your love to one another was so beautiful to observe.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Sending our deepest condolences to your entire family on the loss of Kenny
    He was great guy and will be missed very much.

    Karen Petersen
    Paul Dupont Jr

  10. Sending our deepest condolences to your entire family on the loss of Kenny.
    He was great guy and will be missed very much.

    Karen Petersen
    Paul Dupont Jr

  11. Sending prayers and my deepest condolences to the whole family! I am so sorry for your loss!

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. Brenda, you and Kenny are the true meaning of high school sweethearts. A love that lasts forever, and he will always be the angel looking over for you. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.

  13. I’m so sorry for everyone’s loss. ?

  14. I am so sorry for Ken’s entire family. We all grew up together on Halleck Ave and played many a game of manhunt in the neighborhood. We watched our children grow together. You will be missed by many. Hugs to all of you.

  15. My prayers go out to his beautiful family. You all gained an angel ❤ I hope you can find peace in all your memories, he will be waiting peacefully until you meet again.

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