Joseph J. Smith, 68 of Holmdel, died on Thursday, August 31 at his home. He was born in Trenton on January 9, 1949, the son of John Smith and Josephine Belza Smith, and was predeceased by his sister, Pauline Smith. He grew up in Trenton and joined the US Marine Corps after graduating from Notre Dame High School. He served three years in the Marine Corps, being stationed in the continental United States, overseas, and Hawaii, attaining the rank of Corporal.
Upon separation from active duty, he attended the College of New Jersey and worked as a carpenter while being processed for a career as a police officer, for the Township of Clark, Union County. He received his basic police training at the State Police Academy in Sea Girt where he continued advanced training in various areas of police related duties.
After retiring from the Clark Police Department, he was employed by the Monmouth County Park System, as a supervising carpenter for the construction division. He was considered a highly skilled carpenter and cabinet maker. He was instrumental in providing the leadership, knowledge and skills for building and maintaining numerous structures and projects for the Park System and residents of Monmouth County.
He was a member and past state president of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club and a member of the American Legion, Clark, and Disabled American Veterans. He was also a retired member of the New Jersey State PBA, Local 600 and Infragard, (a civilian subdivision of the FBI). He was a friend of Bill W. and Doctor Bob since June 6, 1982, with many friends within that organization and others he helped in their recovery.
Joseph is survived by his daughter, Stacy Jo Smith of North Carolina; and twin sons, Daniel J. Smith and David J. Smith, at home.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. For more information or to send condolences, please visit www.pflegerfh.com.
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