Robert B. ‘Bruce’ Smith, 78

Robert B. “Bruce” Smith, 78, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Upper Darby, Pa., on June 27, 1938, son of the late Joseph Knox Smith and Louise (Muir) Smith.

He retired in 1975 from work in elevator construction with Local 5 in Philadelphia. He was a Mason with the St. Alban Swain Lodge #529 in Philadelphia and a member of the consistory in Philadelphia. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking.

Smith is survived by his wife of 32 years, Anna M. “Ann” (Tamburro) Smith; four children, Douglas O’Neill and his wife, Amy Russell, and their two children, Ruthie and Lloyd O’Neill, Cynthia Foster and her husband, Tony Foster, and their three children, Maxwell, Graeme and Arlen Foster, Robert Smith Jr. and his wife, Cindy Smith, and their two children, Corinne and Kyle Smith, and Frank Prophet and his wife, Roseanne Prophet, and their two children, Bryce and Sasha Prophet; and a brother and sister, Joseph Smith and Suzanne Reardon, both of Coatesville, Pa. Services and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at