2008-07-03 / Obituaries

Frederick C.B. Smyth, Sr. 76

Frederick C.B. Smyth, Sr., 76, of 17 Friendship St., Jamestown, died Sunday, June 29, 2008 at home. He was the husband of the late Ellen Norma (Whaley) Smyth.

Born in Newport on June 24, 1932, he was the son of the late William R. and Elizabeth (Brewster)


A 1951 graduate of Rogers High School and a 1967 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he received his law degree in 1971 from Suffolk University Law School. Smyth joined the Jamestown Police Department in 1953, becoming Chief in 1956 until his retirement in 1974.

He had a private law practice from 1974 until 1979 when he became the Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island. He returned to private practice until he became Hearing Offi- cer for the Department of Workers Compensation and Department of Labor Training. In 1997, he became Chief Hearing Officer for the Department of Labor and Training Board of Review until his death.

In October of 1966, he was appointed by Governor John Chafee to the First Special Commission to study the general upgrading of police services in Rhode Island. In June 1969, he was appointed by Governor Frank Licht to the first Police Officers Commission on Standards and Training established under the General Laws of Rhode Island, and in June of 1971 was appointed by Governor Licht as Chairman of this commission, which was responsible for establishing the first mandatory police training academy for all new municipal law enforcement officers throughout the state, excluding the City of Providence.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, he was a former vestry member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, past president and team coach of the Jamestown Little League, former chairman, and also on the board of directors of the Jamestown Boys Club.

He is survived by his son Frederick C. B. Smyth, Jr. of Jamestown, his daughters, Barbara A. Whitaker and her husband Mel of Jamestown, and Susan J. Smyth of Newport, his brother William R. Smyth, Jr. of Del Ray Beach, Fla., his grandchildren, Melanie Whitaker of Jamestown, Kristin Gouveia and her husband Alan of Jamestown, Megan Jones and her husband Jeremy of Wakefield and Sarah Smyth of Jamestown, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be private.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Robert Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840 or to St. Matthew's Church, 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835.

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