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Robert D. “Smitty” Smith

Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 09:11 PM

Posted by Aly Delp

SMITHrobertdRobert D. “Smitty” Smith, 82, a well-known resident of Conway Road, Utica, died peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born September 30, 1936, in Franklin; a beloved son of the late: William and Harriett Exley Smith.

Bob was a 1955 graduate of Lakeview High School. He retired from Pennzoil Refinery in 1996, where he had worked as a tanker driver. He would always refer to himself, though, as a “steering wheel polisher”.

Bob was a longtime member of The Utica Volunteer Fire Department. He also enjoyed camping with various camping clubs. He loved nature, particularly bird watching. His favorite bird was always the hummingbird. Bob also loved his animals. He enjoyed giving his cats treats and loved to play with his niece, Wendy’s “puppy”, Abby.

A special moment he cherished was when his special friends: Dwight Good and Birdie gave him a ride in one of his all-time favorite cars, a 1939 Chevy Business Coupe. Dwight drove his car up from Pittsburgh, just to make Bob’s day, expending two full tanks of gas.

Closest to him always was his family. He cherished the fun times he was able to share with his family and friends. His presence, along with his sense of humor will always be deeply missed by all those who loved him.

He was married August 4, 1981, to the former Judy Fitzgerald; who survives.

In addition to his beloved wife of 37 years, he is survived by his son, Robert D. Smith, Jr. of Franklin; a granddaughter, Bobbi Lynn of Oil City and by a great-granddaughter, Riley.

Also surviving is his sister, Twila Smith Rhines of Franklin and by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jimmy Fitzgerald, Jr. and his wife, Helen; Joe Fitzgerald and his wife, Crystal and Jay Fitzgerald, all of Utica and Preston Morrow of Polk; in addition to many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Smith; his mother, Harriett Exley Smith Miller; his parents-in-law, James and Helen Fitzgerald, Sr.; his sisters in law: Joyce Fitzgerald Morrow and Magdalena Fitzgerald; a brother-in-law, Neil Rhines and by a step-brother, Daryl Miller.

Family and friends may call Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home, 1328 Elk Street, Franklin; where funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Private interment will be in Graham Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be directed in his name to The Utica Volunteer Fire Department, Utica, PA 16362.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the members of The Utica Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance crew for their many trips to Bob’s home taking excellent care of him.

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