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Robert J. Smith Fund

Robert J. Smith Jr. was considered by many to be the Mayor of Osterville for the ubiquitousness of his involvement.


When he died in November 2002 at the age of 75, he was an officer with the Osterville Village Association, the Osterville Business and Professional Association, a member of the Osterville Rotary Club, director of the Osterville Free Library, 17-year chairman of the Cape Cod Academy board of directors, Osterville Elementary School school council, and a member on the Jane Eshbaugh Community Service Award Committee, named after another of the village's lights.


Even with those, his giving nature could hardly be contained to a single village. Bob, a World War II era Navy veteran, also served on the Barnstable Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Association. For a number of years, Bob worked with Osterville Bay Elementary School for an annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Armstrong-Kelley Park.

He was also on the board at the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music, Art, Dance & Drama, the New School of Cape Cod and the Salvation Army, among many others.

He was a member of the executive board of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Hyannis.


Bob's work was rooted in ensuring individuals a better future for themselves as an educational consultant. He founded the Independent Educational Counselors Association, a national professional organization, and was an officer of the Independent School Chairmen's Association.


Shortly after his death, the Osterville Village Association established the Robert J. Smith Jr. Osterville Fund. It is dedicated to funding projects of non-profit organizations within the village. The Osterville Free Library, Osterville Elementary School and Cape Cod Horticultural Society, which owns and maintains Armstrong-Kelley Park, are frequent recipients.


Robert J. Smith Fund