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Stonington Vineyards Founder Passes Away

By December 1, 2022Connecticut, Rhode Island, Top News

Happy Smith, Co-founder and Co-owner of Stonington Vineyards, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2022, at Academy Point Assisted Living in Mystic. Harriet “Happy” Delafield Smith dedicated herself to her family and friends, as well as to her beloved Stonington Vineyards, which she founded in 1987 along with late husband Cornelius “Nick” Smith, who passed away in 2016. The Smiths purchased the property in the mid-1980s, producing award-winning wines and creating an iconic Connecticut tourist destination. She brought the vineyard to life by hosting outdoor festivals, weddings, art exhibits and by launching its tasting room, which draws visitors from all over New England. Dedicated to good health, exercise, yoga and vigorous walks, she was also a skillful sailor, working for a sailmaker in Oyster Bay, New York, in the 1960s and ’70s, and crewing in races for a time. She had a thirst for knowledge, graduating from Oldfields School in Maryland in 1957 and Bradford Junior College in Massachusetts in 1959. She continued to take college courses throughout her life at University of Connecticut Avery Point. She is survived by husband Fred Allyn Jr., granddaughter Caroline MacLachlan and stepdaughter Alexandra Osterman. Throughout her life, Smith gave back to the industry and her community, notably through years of service with the Rotary Club of Stonington, as an active member and past president.

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