on May 8, 2013 - 11:28 PM
July 1, 1955 – May 7, 2013
Douglas H. Smith, who served for 13 years as principal of Kenmore West High School, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 57.
Mr. Smith headed Kenmore West from 1994 to 2007, then became principal at Ken-Ton’s Franklin Middle School. He retired in 2010.
Born in Massapequa Park, he attended St. Pius X High School in Uniondale and received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo. He later earned a master’s degree from UB in educational administration.
He began his career as an educator at Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1978, then became principal at the elementary school in Waterport in 1983.
He went on to become assistant principal at Fredonia High School in 1985, assistant principal at East Aurora High School in 1987 and principal at Webster High School near Rochester in 1991.
Mr. Smith sang in the choirs at St. Louis Catholic Church and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He enjoyed travel, cooking and reading.
Surviving are his partner, Kelly McDermott; five sons, Connor, Forrest, Griffin, Colin and Rohan; a daughter, Tierney; and two sisters, Elizabeth Dobbs and Carol.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets.