Dad
Gorham Buff Smith
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 1, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Norfolk, Virginia, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 18, 2014
Let the memory of Buff be with us forever



Gorhan "Buff" Bogart Smith of Naples, ME and The Villages, FL formerly of Wellesley, MA  and Framingham, MA passed away peacefully at his Florida home surrounded by his family on December 18, 2014 following a brief illness.

Buff was the husband of the late Marjorie "Midge" Lynne Smith, father of Kristen Anderson (Tewksbury, MA) and Shannon Adams (Chebeague Island, ME), brother to Lee Smith (Wellesley, MA) father in law of James Anderson and Michael Adams, grandfather "Papa" of Madeline Anderson and Rhiannon Anderson. Buff shared the last 8 years of his life with his loving partner Roberta "Bobbi" Cribby of Naples, ME and The Villages, FL.
Buff grew up in Wellesley, MA where he met his wife to be, Midge in high school. They were married for 39 wonderful years. They both cherished their life long friendships they made in Wellesley. Buff and Midge moved to Maine where Buff graduated from Husson College in Bangor, ME.  From there they moved to Framingham, MA and he enjoyed a rewarding career in the financial investment business in Boston, MA before retiring to Sebago Lake in Naples, ME where they summered. It was at Sebago Lake that Buff and Midge began the wonderful life long memories with their children and the amazing families that surrounded them. It was in Naples, Maine where he began his love of boating, fishing, golf, and spending time with his many golden retrievers.
In 2007 he met Bobbi and spent many years together in the wonderful lakes of Naples, ME. Their love of warmer winters and golf brought them to The Villages in the summer of 2012.  There they formed amazing friendships that are cherished.
He loved his family and friends more than anything....he was quiet and had is own brand of humor...he had a slow smile and kind eyes. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. Buff adopted many of his dogs from them. They do great work and could always use more food and supplies to keep these loving animals healthy and comfortable until they find their forever-home. You can donate online at www.harvesthills.org[harvesthills.org] or mail a check to: 1389 Bridgton Road, Fryeburg, ME 04037

A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Wellesley College Club in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Shannon Adams on 31st August 2016

"Love you Dad.  Missing you."

This tribute was added by Peter Mittell on 1st March 2016

"Happy Birthday Buff.  thinking of you often!!"

This tribute was added by Bobbi cribby on 1st March 2016

"Have a special day " up there", Buff.....
You are so missed......

Bobbi & Sierra"

This tribute was added by Peter Mittell on 1st March 2015

"Happy Birthday my friend....................thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Kristen Anderson on 1st March 2015

"Dear Dad,
Happy 71st Birthday!
I miss you and love you very much,
Kristen"

This tribute was added by Bobbi cribby on 1st March 2015

"Happy Birthday, Buff..

Sierra & I have you deep in our hearts, are are working hard every day to heal....and  figure out our lives without you physically here.

You have left so many memories.....and we miss you terribly...

Be at peace, sweetheart.....

You are so so loved...
Bobbi"

This tribute was added by faith frisch herms on 1st March 2015

"a day thay brings you to mind once again......remembering your gentle being......."

This tribute was added by Kristen Anderson on 1st February 2015

"To All,
Thank you so much for attending my dads service yesterday.  He would be so honored to have you all there saying such nice and loving words about him. I have had several people come up to me over the last day telling me that everyones reading was so wonderful and they feel like they know him more now than ever and can appreciate who he was and what he stood for.  I am so thankful for all of you.
Love,
Kristen"

This tribute was added by Cathy Shulkin on 31st January 2015

"Although you were a man of few words, your hugs told all and expressed the love and affection that was in your heart for your friends and family. Today we formally say good-bye, but you will forever remain in our hearts and memories."

This tribute was added by Jay Anderson on 30th January 2015

"“Almighty God, as we play through
our 18 holes of life, we pray that you will
give us a drive that’s both long enough
to reach our goals, and yet straight
enough to keep us out of trouble.

“Help us avoid the traps and hazards
of life; nevertheless, should we find
ourselves in them, give us the tools,
skills and desire
to escape them with no penalty.
May we always stay in bounds.”

“Help us to be willing to stand by -
and not play through - those in genuine
need. May we always play with honor.”

“And finally, when we’ve putted out on
the 18th green, we pray that we will have
demonstrated the integrity of our character,
so that you will judge us worthy enough
to join your threesome and play eternally
on your heavenly course. Amen.”

Author: Unknown

Eternal Peace, Buff."

This tribute was added by Pat Murphy on 25th January 2015

"Hey Buff sorry to see you leave while still so young. Although not that close in high school you always reminded me of Clint Eastwood. When I last saw you at the 55th you looked even more like him. Always remember you being a quiet guy with a perpetual smile. Maybe I'll have the opportunity to get to know you better on the other side. Deb and I send our condolences to all of your family."

This tribute was added by Ken Ginder on 24th January 2015

"Driving into the beach, you could pick out Buff in an instant.  He always stood out (and usually above) in the crowd, whether at a breakfast on the beach or party at night.  We will all miss the tall, humorous man wearing aviator glasses.  At 70, he looked remarkably similar to when he was 40.  He was a constant.  After decades of seeing him, it is hard to think he is no longer going to be there.  We will miss him."

This tribute was added by jeri mcmenamin on 12th January 2015

"Our sympathies to Buff's daughters, family, and especially to Bobbi, who lovingly cared for him throughout his illness.  How fortunate he was to have her at his side after losing Midge.  He will be missed by Joe and all his golfing friends in The Villages."

This tribute was added by Peter Mittell on 10th January 2015

"My dear, wonderful friend how I will miss knowing you aren't too far away, at least by phone, to have a chat and undoubtedly a few chuckles.  You will be in my heart.  What fun we had in the two years I spent at Wellesley High School....some of it wayward.  We formed our little clan, The Big Seven...............Eliot, Jonesy, Murph, Raoul, DeSesa, Buff & Tank (me).  We soon included Curt & Ray, but it was still 7.  None of us were that great at arithmetic!  As it happens in life, people move and lives change and we saw and spoke with each other less frequently, but in reality the group is still intact inside of us.  The two years we were roommates in the Back Bay were when we really got to know each other and I found out that one of my whacky high school pals was a truly solid and supportive friend.  After those two years, life happened and here we are.  A sad day filled with wonderful memories.  How often did I, the loudmouth wise-ass, carry on with some antic, story or self-embarrassment only to have you sum it up with a word.  It was often the four letter one starting with F, but when you said it there were 9 U's.  Or maybe it was the seven letter one starting with A.  In any case you were clear, saying as much with a word as I said in a speech.  Lastly, when we walked together we were Mutt and Jeff, nearly a foot difference in height.  We will stiil walk together, my friend.  Lovey ya Buff.  Tank"

This tribute was added by Bobbi cribby on 7th January 2015

"Buff,
It is difficult to put into words how very much you are missed.
When we met, our song was " No more cloudy days", by The Eagles, having both lost lifelong spouses.

Our love of Naples, boating, golfing, and the joy of our families and special friends brought us many happy years together. Our time together was too short.....

You will be in my heart forever.

Sierra and I keep hoping you will just " walk thru the door""

This tribute was added by Kathy Michals on 5th January 2015

"Dear Kristen, Shannon, Bobbi and families,
We were so sad to hear of Buffs passing.
We saw him this past summer and shared his optimism
for defeating his illness. We are very sorry that didn't come to pass.
He was a good, kind, caring man, with a special wit.
His gentle unique spirit and sweet smile will be missed.
Our Deepest Sympathies,
Kathy and Bernie Michals"

This tribute was added by Janet Spillane on 3rd January 2015

"I have fond, warm memories of Buff. Kind, quiet, good looking!
I am sorry he had to suffer. May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Gregg Cohen on 3rd January 2015

"Buff was truly an icon at Sebago Lake and someone that we will never forget.   Even though he quieter than most he maintained such a presence and was a great friend to us all.   We will miss him.   - Gregg"

This tribute was added by faith frisch herms on 2nd January 2015

"a special man, a special father, a special husband, a special grandfather, and a very special friend to many....tho your physical being is no longer here, your spiritual being will live on in the hearts of ALL your family and friends.....forever.....XXO....faith"

This tribute was added by Kyra Kaszynski on 2nd January 2015

"I will never forget meeting Buff at the White House on Sebago Lake and thinking 'why is Clint Eastwood here drinking beer with that kid' (Gregg Cohen)? His quick wit was shared with only a few of us, who always appreciated his subtle commentary on life. If Midge was our godmother then Buff must be the godfather, a whiskey and amaretto that not everyone can truly appreciate. He was always watching and observing, offering a funny comment or two then silently disappearing from the party. We did notice when he left though. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Kristen Anderson on 31st December 2014

"To Papa,
You are the best papa in the whole entire world.I love you very much.I hope you had a very happy time when I came up to see you in Florida.you are in a happy place with Gramma,Xena,Bud,Gus,and Suzie.We love you very much!!!!!!
                                                      Love,
                                                 Rhiannon"

This tribute was added by Kristen Anderson on 31st December 2014

"To Papa,  i love you i am so sorry you could not come to Christmas with us . But now you are not in any pain .Thats a good thing. I miss you more than anything.We all miss you but you are in a good place now, you are with Gramma, Xena, Bud, Gus, Star, and Suzie. i Love you more than anything.YOU ARE THE BEST PAPA IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. I LOVE YOU.    
Love,
Madeline"

This tribute was added by Shannon Adams on 29th December 2014

"Dad,
You gave me comfort, laughs, guidance, and love.  I will miss our chats, your sense of humor, your heart-felt letters, your funny faces and your hugs.  Happily though, I feel you are still with me in my heart.    I love you, Shannon"

This tribute was added by Kristen Anderson on 24th December 2014

"Dad,
You will be forever missed. You were always a strong and protective father and I thank you for years of support and love. May you rest in peace and know you will be missed.
Love,
Kristen"


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