Robert Smith Sr.

Obituary of Robert Lewis Smith Sr.

Robert Lewis Smith Sr. Robert Lewis (Bob) Smith Sr.,100, of Palmetto, FL passed away on February 24, 2020. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Piney Point Community Center, 8624 29th Avenue E, Palmetto, FL with Reverend Alan Jackson, Family of God UMC officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Dundee, NY. Born in Philadelphia, PA to Cardon William and Clara Marian (Collins) Smith on September 1, 1919. He was the grandson of Civil War veteran, Private Lewis Edgar Collins. Bob served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and was a restaurateur and retired chef. Of the many activities Bob enjoyed, roller skating was a lifetime passion, most recently shared with his skating partner, Laurie Ann. Bob loved to sing - especially Irish tunes – and was a member of the Barber Shoppers. He was a communicant of Family of God UMC and sang in the praise band. He was particularly fond of organ music as well as big band era tunes. He enjoyed cooking and baking, especially for large gatherings, and loved spending time with family and friends. Bob is survived by his children – Kathleen Wence of Holly, NY; Margaret (Richard) Strassel of Rochester, WA; Robert L. Smith, Jr. of Mt. Tabor, VT; Marian (Sean) Mallory of Mankato, MN; Glenn Patrick (Mechell) Smith of Buckfield, ME; 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and friends Laurie Ann and Fred Bieber. He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret (Dilger) Smith and his second wife, Betty (Shrantz) Smith; son-in-law Robert Wence; 1 grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Metavivor Breast Cancer Research at or Family of God UMC, 5601 16th Avenue E, Palmetto FL 34221. Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home 36 Water St. Dundee, NY. Online condolences can be sent by visiting
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Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Monday, March 9, 2020
Piney Point Community Center
8624 29th Avenue E.
Palmetto, Florida, United States
Celebration of His Life

Final Resting Place

Hillside Cemetery
Millard St.
Dundee, New York, United States
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