June 12, 1983-October 30, 2022
Damone William Smith was finally released of his pain--passing peacefully at age 39, holding the hands of his younger sisters and surrounded by their love.
As many people knew Damone were aware, he was unbelievably handsome and charismatic; but Damone's good looks were not his only asset. He was smart, he had many talents and most of all, he had a good heart. Despite his own pain and suffering, he always tried to lend a hand, a dollar, or a moment to those in need and for whom he cared. Many friends and family members would attest to this fact. He was a giver, even when he didn't have much to give. One of the greatest gifts he gave to many, was his gift of laughter.
Damone enjoyed a good time-getting together with friends and family-cooking, eating, watching comedies, and laughing at stand up. Damone loved to laugh. And he loved to laugh with others, and at others. And, he loved to laugh at himself. He had a goofy laugh that was contagious and made your belly hurt, and your eyes tear up.
To know Damone was to love him, and boy was he loved. He was known many and loved tremendously--especially by his younger brother and sisters. He was loved by his siblings with an immensity that knows no bounds. A stubborn love that never quit, despite how hard he tried to shield himself from it to protect them -- a love as stubborn as he was, that will continue on despite his absence.
He leaves behind a large and adoring family, including his son Tai, and 9 younger siblings: Lana Dugdale of Southborough; Sonja Touchette of Quincy; Tia Burr and Janell Ramirez of Milford; Marissa Touchette of Connecticut; and Angela, Gabrielle, Nicholas and Cristina Morales of Boston. He also leaves behind multiple nieces and nephews.
Damone will be remembered always and missed forever.
At this time, we, his siblings, ask that you love your own family and friends to the fullest, despite differences in paths or circumstances. Sit with your loved ones, as we sat with our brother. Hug them and tell them you love them. And, when times are dark, shed light on one another, without judgment. Take time to check in and reach out. Say 'I love you' often. And let those you love know their value and their worth.
A gathering to celebrate Damone's life will take place at a later date, after family is able to mourn his too soon passing and allow his body and soul to finally be comfortably at peace.