Karen E. Smith

Karen E. Smith
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Woonsocket — Karen E. (Griffin) Smith 61, of Fairmount St. died Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Massachusetts General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Samuel Smith.

Born in Framingham, MA. daughter of the late Thomas and Madeline (Clark) Griffin.

Karen was a Project Manager for Sun Life Financial for several years .

She enjoyed computer games, going shopping, spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She also had a special place in her heart for her two canine companions.

Besides her husband Samuel she is survived by her three children, Johnathan Smith and his wife Christen, Christopher Smith and Krissandra Andino and her husband John all of Woonsocket. Four brothers, Thomas Griffin of Bellingham, Gerald Griffin of New Hampshire, Jackie Griffin of Cape Cod, and Larry Griffin of Woonsocket. And five grandchildren.

She was also the mother of the late Samuel Smith Jr.

Her Funeral will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 11 AM in St. James Baptist Church 340 South Main St. Woonsocket, RI.

Relatives and friends are invited; visitation is from 10-11 AM prior to the Service in St. James Baptist Church.

Burial will be private. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895 is in charge of the arrangements.


I worked with Karen on just one project a couple of years ago, but she made a big impression. She was very knowledgeable and helpful, but most of all she had a great sense of humor. She was a joy to work with and will be missed by the Comp team. It was a big shock to hear of her passing.

Deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
RIP Karen

Bridget Ryan
SLF Ireland

  –Bridget Ryan (2019/04/10)

It is with great sadness and shock I heard of Karen’s passing. In work, people come together and diverge as projects dictate.

I always assumed I’d be back working with Karen again at some point, and I thought it would be this year as the wheel turned back to ‘Broker Bonus’, the area of work where Karen and I first met.

Karen was an immensely knowledgeable and ever-helpful colleague. She was witty, straight-shooting in her opinions and had a great, throaty laugh… these are the characteristics that travelled all the way down the phone line to Ireland! I was delighted to meet Karen in person in 2015, she was just the same in the flesh.

My deepest sympathies go out to you, her family, and all of her friends at this very sad time.

Lynn Ellingworth
SLF Ireland

  –Lynn Ellingworth (2019/04/10)

I was so upset to hear of the news of Karen’s passing earlier this week.  Karen was such a lovely lady who I worked with a lot over the years and someone who I always had time for.  She helped me out so much working on Comp over the years.  My thoughts are with all of her family.  RIP Karen

  –Bernard Beatty (Ireland) (2019/04/10)

I am truly saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her for many years on comp projects in Sun Life. Even when there was chaos all around us Karen had the ability to lift the mood and make everyone smile. Karen was a joy to work with and on a personal level a great friend.

My thoughts are with all of her family at this incredibly tough time. My sincerest condolences to you all.

Clodagh O’Mara (Ireland)

  –Clodagh O'Mara (2019/04/10)

Karen was a great colleague for many years. Some years I worked closely with her, some years not at all.
I will remember her with fondness. She was quietly competent and a gentle soul, just a great colleague.
RIP Karen, way too soon.

  –Carsten (2019/04/10)