Edward C. Smith, age 73, entered heaven to be with God and family on May 28, 2014, after a dignified and courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 4, 1941, the fourth son of Elmer J. Smith Sr. and Hazel M. (Tyrrell) Smith. He attended schools in Gloversville, NY, graduating in 1959. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1960, spending a lengthy period of service in Cuba. After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1965, he worked in the field of construction for several local businesses in the Gloversville, NY, area. He relocated to San Jose, California, in the late 1960s and was employed in the automotive division with the Sears Roebuck Company until his return to the New York area in 1981.
He married his current wife, Leslie (Fonda) Smith, March 20, 1993. They moved from New York to Florida in 2001,where Ed worked as a property manager and self-employed carpenter until his retirement due to illness.
In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by an extensive family: his son and daughter-in-law, Charles J. and Melissa (Buhr) Smith, and grandchildren, Rylan and Jolee Smith and Arissa Bosworth of Goodyear, AZ; his son's mother, Karolyn (Budrow) Gaydusek; his stepchildren, Tina M. Shults and Wayne R. Shults, and stepgrandchildren, Abigail Shults, Savannah Abrams, Emily Shults and Kaleb Shults of Port Orange, FL; his brothers and sisters, Jacob L. Smith of Temecula, CA; Gary R. Smith, of Gloversville, NY; Marsha M. (Kurt) Schaefer of Medina, OH; Judith A. (Louis) Falanga of Rochester, NY; Susan J. (Arthur) Morrison of Mayfield, NY, Gail M. (Robert) Patterson and Pamela R. (Charles) Frascatore of Gloversville, NY; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and those friends whom he considered extended family. He was predeceased by his parents; infant twin sons, Raymond C. and Edward C. Smith Jr.; and a brother, Elmer J. Smith Jr.
Ed possessed the ability to make even unwilling people smile. A quick wit and a good story guided him through each day, and he shared both with everyone he met. His sense of humor served him well during his tenure as Governor of the Gloversville Moose Club, a position he was most proud to have held. His love of NASCAR provided ample material for stories shared with the many friends he was blessed to know.
In keeping with Ed's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Cremation services will be handled by Heritage Funeral and Cremation, Port Orange, FL. Memorial contributions can be made to the Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia-Flager, 3800 Woodbriar Tr., Port Orange, FL 32129.
"It's simple - a chair on the beach, a cold beer, a good joke and somebody you love to laugh with - that's the secret, kid."