Read the obituaries for the 4 members of the Fay and Smith family, killed in Florida crash

Funeral services have been set for Julie Smith, 41, of Whitman; her mother, 76-year-old Josephine Fay; and two of her children, 5-year-old Scarlett and 11-year-old Jaxon. 

Julie Smith with her children, Jaxon and Scarlett, and her mother, Josephine Fay.
Julie Smith with her children, Jaxon and Scarlett, and her mother, Josephine Fay. –Provided

Funeral services have been set for the four members of a Massachusetts family killed in a Florida car crash last week.

Julie Smith, 41, of Whitman; her daughter, 5-year-old Scarlett Smith; and mother, Josephine Fay, 76, of South Weymouth, died at the scene of the crash in Kissimmee, Florida, on Feb. 18. Her son, 11-year-old Jaxon Smith, was critically injured and died a day later at a Florida hospital.

From left to right: Josephine Fay, Julie Smith, Jaxon Smith, and Scarlett Smith. —Fay Family via The Boston Globe

The van carrying eight members of the family, celebrating school vacation week at Disney World, rolled over after it was rear-ended by a pickup truck that failed to slow for congested traffic. Authorities say the crash remains under investigation, and charges against the pickup driver are likely.

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The surviving members of the Fay and Smith family issued a statement last week, thanking their communities for the outpouring of support they have received.

In obituaries for their loved ones, the family remembered Julie Smith as someone who “gave all of herself” to her responsibilities at work and home.

“Being a mom was the greatest joy of Julie’s life,” they wrote.

Her son, Jaxon, changed the lives of multiple people as an organ donor with his passing, the family wrote.

“He found his passion for playing soccer beginning with Whitman Soccer and most recently with Seacoast Mass City,” they wrote. “He was a talented player and loved playing the game with his teammates.”

Scarlett idolized her older sister, Shalie, and had a special bond with her twin, Skylar.

“She was a happy girl who loved dancing, tumbling, and swimming,” her loved ones wrote.

Josephine Fay “cherished every minute spent with her family, especially her grandchildren,” according to her obituary.

Visiting hours for the four family members will be held Friday with a funeral mass to follow on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to a family memorial fund or to the Pediatric Neurology Fund at Tufts Medical Center.

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Below, the obituary for Julie Smith and her two children, 5-year-old Scarlett and 11-year-old Jaxon:

Julie A. (Fay) Smith of Whitman, died by motor vehicle accident, along with her son Jaxon, her daughter Scarlett and her mother Josephine Fay, while on vacation in Florida on February 18, 2020. She was 41.

Beloved wife of Shane S. Smith. Loving mother of Shalie, Skylar, the late Jaxon, and the late Scarlett. Cherished daughter of William M. Fay of South Weymouth and the late Josephine (Rizzo) Fay. Loving sister of Sheila Condon and her husband Robert of East Bridgewater; Susan Furman and her husband Mark of Plymouth; and William Fay and his wife Lydia of Ellicott City, MD. Daughter in law of Steven and Dawnetta Smith of Temecula, CA. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Julie was a dedicated woman and took her responsibilities seriously in all aspects of her life. Whether it be her career as Director of Training for Liberty Mutual Insurance or being a strong and steadfast mom, she gave all of herself. Earlier in her career, Julie also worked for Wells Fargo. Being a mom was the greatest joy of Julie’s life.

Jaxon, Julie and Shane’s 12 year old son, was a 6th grader at Hanson Middle School. He found his passion for playing soccer beginning with Whitman Soccer and most recently with Seacoast Mass City. He was a talented player and loved playing the game with his teammates. Jaxon changed the lives of multiple people as an organ donor.

Scarlett, Julie and Shane’s 5 year old daughter, was in preschool. She was a happy girl who loved dancing, tumbling, and swimming. She was a daddy’s girl, idolized her big sister Shalie and had a special bond with her twin sister Skylar.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours in Saint Francis Xavier Church, 234 Pleasant Street, Weymouth on Friday from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday at 10 AM also in St. Francis Xavier Church. Burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Julie, Jaxon and Scarlett may be made to the Smith and Fay Memorial Fund, North Easton Savings Bank, 570 Washington Street, Whitman, MA 02382 or in memory of Jaxon Smith to the Pediatric Neurology Fund at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center Development Office, 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111.

Below, the obituary for Josephine Fay:

Josephine A. (Rizzo) Fay of South Weymouth, died by motor vehicle accident, along with her daughter Julie Smith and her grandchildren Jaxon and Scarlett, while on vacation with her family in Florida on February 18, 2020. She was 76.

Josephine worked for Quincy College as a Professor of Early Childhood Education for 18 years. Previously, she taught at several elementary schools on the South Shore and also served as a Representative Assembly Delegate of the National Education Association. A graduate of Stonehill College, Josephine was proud to be a longtime supporter of the college. She enjoyed traveling, bowling and cooking. Faith and family were central to Josephine’s life. She volunteered as a CCD teacher and cherished every minute spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Beloved wife of William M. Fay. Loving mother of Sheila Condon and her husband Robert of East Bridgewater; Susan Furman and her husband Mark of Plymouth; William Fay and his wife Lydia of Ellicott City, MD; and the late Julie Smith and her husband Shane of Whitman. Devoted sister of Antoinette Arena and her husband Guy of Weymouth; and the late Louis Rizzo. Cherished “Nana” to Matthew, Jenna, Erin, Jessica, Ryan, Kyle, Lucas, Mateo, Shalie, Skylar, the late Jaxon and the late Scarlett.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours in Saint Francis Xavier Church, 234 Pleasant Street, Weymouth on Friday from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday at 10 AM also in St. Francis Xavier Church. Burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Josephine may be made to the Smith and Fay Memorial Fund, North Easton Savings Bank, 570 Washington Street, Whitman, MA 02382 or in memory of Jaxon Smith to the Pediatric Neurology Fund at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center Development Office, 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111. 

 

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