The following obituary is published courtesy of the Cody-White Funeral Home.
Brenton Michael Smith, 38, a lifelong resident of Milford, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.
Born in Milford on Dec. 11, 1973, he was the son of Richard W. Smith and Joan Troxler Henning, both of Milford.
Brenton was the proprietor of the Seven Seas Restaurant, a mainstay of the Milford community, in downtown. An avid golfer, he also enjoyed firework displays and loved baseball. He was a die-hard and dedicated Red Sox fan.
Brenton will be sadly missed by all who knew him. In addition to his devoted father and mother, he is survived by his cherished son, Hunter Michael Smith of Shelton; his brother, Richard W. Smith Jr. and his wife, Irene of North Haven; two sisters, Dawn E. Henning of Manhattan, N.Y., and Heather L. Henning of San Diego, Calif.; a step-brother, Edward C. Henning Jr. of Ga., a step-daughter, Emily Fitzpatrick; and a niece, Tabitha. He is also survived by three aunts, four uncles and numerous loving cousins.
A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 71 River St., Milford; burial will follow at King’s Highway Cemetery.
Friends and family may call on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Some fans of the Milford Patch Facebook page shared their memories of Brenton. Please share yours in the comments section below.
"To our great friend, a wonderful Father, Son & Brother and all around stand up guy, you will be dearly missed. They broke the mold with you Smitty...Your contagious smile, amazing charm and generosity has impacted everyone you touched. You will never be forgotten and remember, when your throwing that heater up there in Heaven, don't over think it, just let it fly...I love you Buddy!!!" — Chris Grasso
"Wow just heard about Smitty, The Seas won't be the same without your presence , Thank you for all the great times had at the Seven Seas.. Prayers for your family & friends & your staff..Smitty you will be so missed..." — Tracey Brown Petry
"We went to see the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium quite a few years ago. The Sox were down a bunch of runs but they rallied back in the 9th inning and almost beat the Yanks. Needless to say we got ourselves into a little bit a trouble in the way of getting chased by a bunch of Yankee fans that night! Good times with a great friend." — Trevor Van Hise
"My wife worked closely with Brent at the Seas for years... I would come in a lot and spent some time with him and the crew. Brent was kind enough to have me as his partner at the member/guest golf tourney at Oronoque Country Club one year. We played as a team- helping each other when the other guy needed it- giving each other pep talks along the way... We never lost a match- nothing but wins and ties and though we didn't win the whole tournament, we bonded that weekend. I'm grateful to Brent for that weekend and I know that he is hitting his 7 iron straight and long in the great green fairway in the sky... Peace to you, cousin and love and light to your family in this most difficult time." — Jerry Nash Jr