Rodney (Hot Rod) Smith

Rodney (Hot Rod) Smith

Rodney (Hot Rod) Smith, 78, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2023 with his dear friend by his side. Rodney was born in Newport, RI on September 29, 1945, the son of Rutherford (Hap) Smith and Helen Claflin.

Rodney grew up farming for his family and later spent 30 years working for The Windjammer Restaurant where he developed life long friends who were like family. Rodney had an exceptional gift for forming deep and lasting connections, and he cherished every moment spent with friends and loved ones. He lived a life that illuminated the hearts of those around him, and his passing is a reminder of the enduring power of love and friendship. With a heart brimming with warmth, he embraced each day with a smile, radiating optimism to all who were fortunate enough to know him. A beacon of positivity and hard work, he is leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of joy.

Rodney possessed a fervent affection for antiques, cherishing the rich narratives and historical significance they encapsulated. His discerning eye for the elegance of yesteryears was exemplified through his remarkable assortment of antique treasures, a true homage to his reverence for the past.

He is survived by his sister Sharon Cauthorn and her son Michael Cauthorn, several cousins and close friends as well as the loving staff and caregivers at St. Albans Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Calling hours will take place on Sunday October 8, 2023 from 5-6pm with funeral services immediately following at 6pm at Brown McClay Funeral Home, 4 South Street, Bristol VT 05443

May he rest in eternal peace, forever remembered for his kindness, hard work, and boundless love for people.

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Doug McSweeney
7 months ago

Sad to learn of Rod’s passing
He was an irascible fellow and a good man and friend
I have been privileged to have fond memories of our times together and will continue to have them
My condolences to his family and all who knew him

Matthew Leach
7 months ago

Seemed like a wonderful man that provided food and love for his community for many many years. I regret never having the pleasure of meeting him even though I live on Scarff avenue. Circle of life aside, sometimes seems pretty sad how we all eventually die. :-(. My love to his friends and family. Hope we all echo similar positive waves before we take our turn.

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