Paul Smith, Det., Q.P.D, Ret., age 83

of Quincy

Paul Smith, Det., Q.P.D, Ret., age 83

Paul Smith, Detective, Quincy Police Department, Retired, age 83, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, August 24, 2022, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in Boston, to the late James J. Smith and Irene F. (Burke) McCarthy. Following the death of his father at a young age, his mother remarried the late Henry D. McCarthy, who lovingly raised him. Raised and educated in Jamaica Plain and Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1957, and later from Northeastern University where he earned a Master’s degree.

Paul served in the United States Air Force as an Airman 2/c during the early Vietnam era.

Paul was proud to be a member of the Quincy Police Department. He was appointed to the department on April 21, 1966, promoted to Detective on January 31, 1972, and retired on May 26, 1999 after thirty-three years of service.

After retirement, he worked at the former Granite Rail Tavern in Quincy Center for many years. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family and friends.

Paul was an avid Boston sports fan and especially enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox, as painful as that can be.

Most of all, he was devoted to his family and his cherished grandchildren, actively supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for forty years of the late Maryanne (Lavigne) Smith. He was also the former husband of the late Constance L. (Coleman) Smith.

Devoted father of Scott Smith, Quincy Police Department and his wife Melanie of Quincy, Anne Marie Martino and her husband Gary of Hanover, Matthew P. Smith of Quincy, Thomas J. Smith and his wife Kara of Weymouth, Dennis M. Smith and his wife Julia of Quincy, and Stacey MacNeil and her husband Matthew of Weymouth.

Loving grandfather of Ryleigh and Reese Smith, Joseph and Michael Martino, Grace and Conor Smith, Jack and Maggie MacNeil.

The last of eight siblings, Paul was predeceased by James J. Smith, George F. Smith, Robert T. Smith, John E. “Jack” Smith, Detective, Q.P.D., Ret., Irene F. Keenan, Rita Frawley, and Dennis H. McCarthy.

Paul is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, August 28, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Monday, August 29, at 10:30 a.m. Military honors will follow. Interment private.

For those who wish, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Norwell VNA, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.


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  • Going to miss you. I know that you’re back with your brothers and sisters up there. Until we meet again. Love you

  • I had the privilege of working with Paul for several years at the Quincy Police Department, he was an excellent police officer as well as a true gentleman.

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • Sorry for your great loss, I enjoyed working with Paul at the Q.P.D. over many years. Always a gentlemen. May Paul rest in peace.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Smith Family, QPD, extended family and friends. Rest in Peace Paul..

  • Our sympathies for his family from Sgt Hugo Cardarelli’s family. RIP Sir.

  • Good bye friend and colleague. It’s hard to believe that we met over 70 years ago. I was lucky to be part of your life.

  • Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Paul was a great guy enjoyed his humor and working with him.

  • Paul was a great guy and policeman. Worked at the now gone Hancock tobacco in Quincy center. Paul was usually on duty. Had a lot of great conversations with Paul. And scratched a Lot of tickets😂. Rest In Peace Paul, a life well lived.

  • One of the all time good guys. Great detective and mentor. Scott you have done him proud. Know he and Jack talking about old times. Know I’ll see them again.
    Peace to the memory of this good Man .
    Tom B

  • Paul made everyone’s job easier. He was always kind and upbeat. He understood people and he could calm storms very quickly. It was nice to work with him. My condolences to his family. May Paul Rest In Peace with our other departed QPD members, especially his brother, Jack. God bless the Smith family.