Harold D. "Harry" Smith, 70, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 following his courageous battle with cancer.
Harold was born on March 25, 1948 in Waverly, NY the son of the late Ralph R., Sr. and Marjorie (Grant) Smith.
Harry graduated from Waverly High School. Following graduation, he went into the US Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. Upon returning from the service, he was employed with Ingersoll Rand in Athens as a Machinist. After retiring, Harry worked at the KwikFill in Sayre. He enjoyed working with his fellow employees, known to them as "Big H" and he formed many lasting friendships with his customers. Harry was a member of the Athens American Legion Post #246, was a Past Commander of the Post, and a member of the Sayre VFW Post #1536. He also served on the Valley Color Guard. Harry was a past member of the Athens Borough Fire Department.
He loved his family and spending time with them. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life. Harry was a tinkerer and could repair anything and everything that was put in front of him. He was known for his willingness to help anyone no matter when or where. His kindness and caring nature to others came naturally for him. He enjoyed camping with his family, visiting Theme Parks, and he was always the first in line to ride the roller coasters. His trademark was his coffee mug always in hand filled with McDonald's coffee. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He is predeceased by his grandsons, Llewellyn Smith, Jr. and Gideon Steen, granddaughter, Desirae Smith, and brother-in-law, John Wayman.
Harold is survived by his wife of 15 years, Holly Kyle Smith at home, children, Llewellyn Smith of Waverly, NY, Christina and Ronald Pierce of Waverly, NY, Jeremiah and Susan Smith of Waverly, NY, Bellva and Randall Chapman of Waverly, NY, Sadie Smith of Waverly, NY, Chavva and Julian Feliciano of Jacksonville, FL, and Stephen Carlin, Jr. of Horseheads, NY, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen (Wayman) and Dean Cramer of Kalamazoo, MI, brother and sister-in-law, Ralph, Jr. and Roseanne Smith of Erie, PA, several nieces, nephews, cousins, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Darel, Sr. and Betty Kyle, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Darel, Jr. and Bonnie Kyle and Archie and Leslie Kyle.
Friends and family may call on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 5pm-7pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7pm at the funeral home with his sister, Rev. Kathleen Cramer officiating.
To continue Harold's love of helping people, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905.