Granville, New York – Edward A. Smuts, 80, of Granville. New York, formerly of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and Brattleboro, Vermont, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.
He was born on March 19, 1940, in New York City, the son of the late Edouard and Mildred (Kucera) Smuts and was predeceased by his first wife of 41 years Marikae (Petrello) Smuts.
Ed graduated from Clarkson University in 1961 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. He furthered his education with studies in industrial engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and executive programs at Pennsylvania State University. While at Clarkson he was a charter member and treasurer of the Mu Omicron Chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.
As a senior nuclear engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, he was part of the electric boat test team for the SSN-671 Narwhal that took the submarine to sea. His 40-year career there spanned several disciplines, and he retired in 2005 as the manager of purchasing.
For over 30 years of his life, he was active with the Boy Scouts of America. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Order of the Arrow and earned the Explorer Silver Award. Ed served at various times as pack leader, scoutmaster and committee chairman. His service to youth continued as vice president of Valley Shore Big Brothers in Old Saybrook.
For many years he was a member of the Elks and a communicant at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro. He volunteered his services at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for more than 10 years. He loved to travel and had been in almost every state in the United States. His greatest joy, however, came when he was with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His survivors include his daughter Maria Hyatt and husband Dean; grandson Daniel Hyatt; granddaughter Meghan Steves and husband Nicolas and their two sons Kylo and Colton; daughter-in-law Jennifer Smuts and her daughter Caroline; and his former wife Janette. His son Edward Smuts predeceased him.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Granville Rescue Squad, PO Box 153, Granville, NY 12832. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery next to his wife Marikae in Westbrook, Connecticut, and will be private.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at www.robertmkingfuneralhome.com.