Barbara P. Smith (née Duggan), 86, of Dumont, died peacefully on November 8, 2022. Predeceased by her husband, Eugene Smith (1988). Loving mother of Nancy (John) McGowan, Gene Smith, Brian Smith, and Lizbeth Smith. Cherished grandmother of Aidan McGowan and LCpl Colin McGowan, USMC. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and her granddogs, Molly and Farley. Predeceased by her brothers, Jack, Mickey, Eddie and Danny Duggan, and her sisters, Sis Devine and Eileen Walsh and her beloved granddog Bosco.
Barbara was born in New York City to Ellen (née Dowd) and Michael Duggan. Barbara attended St. Jean Baptiste H.S., New York City, where she excelled in basketball and was known for her hook shot. Barbara accepted a secretarial position with the Borden Dairy Co. after high school. She was later employed as the first female dispatcher with the Dumont Police Department for fifteen years, retiring in 1991.
Visiting Monday, November 14th, 8:30 AM– 10:30 AM at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave. The Funeral Mass follows at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Dumont Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 108 Brook St., Dumont; www.dumontambulance.org.