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The Honorable Thayer Fremont-Smith

The Honorable Thayer Fremont-Smith
  • June 17, 1931 - March 31, 2020
  • Melrose, Massachusetts

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“I was one of Judge Fremont-Smith's clerks many many years ago. He was a wonderful and kind mentor and teacher and will be missed. ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Evan Fray-Witzer - Lexington, MA

“We will always remember Thayer for his constant smile, his unending energy and love for the outdoors. We shared many a passing smile and a rousing...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Judy and Jeff Neyhart - NH

“Dear Anne, I would offer you and your family my sincere sympathy on the loss of your husband. May he rest in peace. Respectfully, Mrs. Paul ...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“Dear Anne and family,Thayer was a wonderful, kind, funny, smart and generous human. He touched all he met with his kindness, humility and the sheer...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Timothy O'Leary - Wakefield, MA

“My condolences to the Fremont-Smith family during this most difficult time. You are in my prayers. ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Janet Surette - Melrose, MA

“We met this wonderful man at a most unfortunate time. Myself, Paul Heemskerk my partner Anthony Bongiorno were friends with his brother Dick Fremont...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Heemskerk - Boca Raton, FL

“Jamie, so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My condolences to and your family. ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Marybeth Macdonald - Methuen, MA

“I am sorry to learn of Thayer's passing. I first met him when he joined the planning board. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Leo Peters - Middleton, MA

“Thayer was a teacher and a friend. He worked with me as co-counel on several civil rights cases when I was at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights....Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Alan Jay Rom - Chelmsford, MA

“So sorry to hear the news of Thayer's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne and family. Warm memories are in our hearts. ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Carol Vuillemenot - Kalamazoo, MI

“Thayer was a terrific man, as loyal and kind as one could imagine. He was always first to step forward and he had a kind word for all. He was...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Jim Arcand - Beverly Farms, MA

“My condolences to your family. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Santorsola - Maspeth, NY

“We will always remember Judge Fremont-Smith as a kind and giving person. Chance meetings, whether at a local restaurant or on a sidewalk of Melrose,...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Richard & Myra Lyons - Melrose, MA

“A great neighbor and a kind man. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences to the Judge's beloved family. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Veronica Meade-Kelly - Melrose, MA

“We are thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time. We are so glad that you were able to be with your father during his last hours. Love...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Palance - Ipswich, MA

“A truly great man and a tremendous loss for our community. I so appreciated and cherished his kind notes of advice and phone calls of support during...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Rob Dolan - Melrose - Friend

“Rest In Peace Judge. Thanks for all your hard work for good causes.Condolences to your loved ones. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Fred Harris - MA

“I worked closely with Thayer when I was an associate at Choate Hall in the early 1980s. He was wonderful man, and acted as an informal mentor to me,...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Lee Gesmer - Dover, MA

“To the Judge's Family:Please accept our deepest sympathies. The Judge had a tremendous impact on the many lives he touched.You are in our thoughts...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Sullivan - Cambridge, MA

“I send my deepest condolences to Ann and her 4 wonderful sons and their families. With tears inMy eyes, I remember happy times past with Thayer and...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Joanne Reilly - Boston, MA

“Dear Jamie and FAMILY,Please know how very sorry I am for the loss of your SWEET and CHARMIMG DAD. May HE rest in PEACE FOREVER.Serenity,Wilma ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Wilma Gooby - Ipswich, MA

“Dear Anne and family:We are so sorry to hear of Thayer's passing and want to extend our deep and sincere sympathy to you and your family at such a...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Myron & Rose Dittmer - Melrose, MA


The Honorable Thayer Fremont-Smith, Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts (Retired), died peacefully on March 31 at his home in Melrose, Massachusetts surrounded by family. He was 88.

Mr. Fremont-Smith was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 17, 1931. The child of Dr. Maurice Fremont-Smith of Boston and Mary Dixon Thayer Fremont-Smith of Philadelphia, Thayer attended Milton Academy ('49), Harvard College ('53) and Harvard Law School ('60). From 1954 to 1956, he served in the United States Army as an enlisted infantry medic. After law school he joined the firm Goodnow, Arwe and Ayer in Keene, NH, where he was also elected City Solicitor ('60-'63). Upon his return to Boston he joined the firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart, where he practiced as a partner for over 30 years. He was appointed to the bench in 1993, and served as Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts for 10 years.

From a love of the law he was active in the legal community of Boston, a frequent lecturer in antitrust law (Harvard Law/ALI/ABA), a member of the Steering Committee on Civil Rights of the Boston Bar Association, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, and a past president of the Boston Inns of Court. He was also active in his home town of Melrose, Massachusetts, serving as a Chairman of the Melrose Planning Board, Director of the Melrose YMCA, as well as a Eucharistic Minister at the Incarnation Parish.

He was beloved for his gentle humility and personal warmth, his sense of humor, a habit of seeing the best in everyone, and an unwavering commitment to Harvard football. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. All who knew him will fondly recall many hours spent singing around his piano. He passed his love of music along to his entire family. He also had a deep love of the outdoors, and spent his free time hiking, sailing, or skiing at his home in Alexandria, NH.

Justice Fremont-Smith is survived by his wife of 59 years Anne Fremont-Smith of Melrose, Massachusetts; his son Mathew Fremont-Smith of New York City, NY; James Fremont-Smith of Newburyport, MA; Thomas Fremont-Smith of Newburyport, MA; Phillip Fremont-Smith of Belmont, MA; 9 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Respecting current restrictions the burial will be private. A memorial mass and celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. The family asks that remembrances be directed to his favorite natural conservation charity, The Newfound Lake Region Association (Bristol, NH).