William Edward (“Bill”) Smith, 84, of New Providence died Oct. 6, 2019. He was born in Newark and also had lived in Cranford and Scotch Plains.
Mr. Smith had a long career in education. He started as a special education teacher in the Rahway school system. After a few years there, he took a position teaching social studies at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, where he spent approximately 40 years teaching history, psychology, and sociology. He spent many years as president of Basking Ridge’s teachers’ association. He also ran numerous sleep-away and day camps for more than 25 years throughout New York and Pennsylvania. He was an adjunct professor of psychology at Middlesex County College and Kean University for many years, retiring from teaching in his late 70s.
He attended Union High School and Rutgers University, where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
He served in the U.S. National Guard.
Predeceased by his wife of more than 58 years, Ruth, in February, he is survived by two sons, Matthew (Melinda) of Hillsborough and Adam (Tara) of New Providence, and five grandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 10 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union. Memorial contributions may be made to Deborah Hospital Heart and Lung Institute.