Maurice Ferdinand Smith, aka Smitty and/or Ma-Shi, was born in St Ann, Jamaica to parents John Smith and Pearline Johnson. He attended and graduated from Epworth All-Age Elementary School. Thereafter, he attended a trade school where he acquired many trades. Maurice worked as the Chief of Maintenance at Guantanamo Bay.
In 1970, Maurice migrated to the United States and resided in Bronx, New York where he worked as an independent taxi operator. He moved his family to Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. There he became employed at New England Nuclear as Lead Chemical Maintenance worker and remained there until his retirement in 2001.
In 2006, Maurice left Boston and relocated to McKinney, Texas. In 2014, Maurice married Yvonne Hibbert-Smith, together they traveled and spent time with family. Even before retiring, Maurice always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid NY Yankee's fan and enjoyed baseball, cooking, traveling, shopping, baking, attending church, watching wrestling, playing cards, dominoes, bingo and teaching his wife the rules of baseball.
The Lord called Maurice home for his wings on the morning of September 22, 2021. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend. Maurice was preceded in death by his parents, daughters Marie Williams and Angela Naar, son Garth Williams, brothers Guy Smith, Bobby Smith and Eric Smith, sisters Petrona Smith, Cybel Matthews and Eulalee Dunn. Maurice is survived by his wife Yvonne Hibbert-Smith, children Ferdinand Smith, Maurice Smith Jr., Sharon Smith, Vernice Smith-Brown, Emorrison Willliams, Livingston Williams, Elizabeth Bond, step children Dean Hibbert; Dwight Nelson, Kirk Nelson, Michael Hannigan and Judith Nelson, sister Megan Foulks and husband Glen, grandchildren, Wendy, Shane, Kevin, Akeem, Lakeisha, Kimani, Francisco, Julio, Jolie, Xavier , Symone, Marcus, Gabriella, Victoria, Arlyn, Livingston Jr and Vanessa, 3 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, family, friends, Fellowship Church of God and the One Community Church family.
He will be greatly missed!