Smith Harold (Hal) Smith, aka Vernon Albert Dindore, continues his journey to Christ. Born in the Bethesda Maryland Naval Hospital, and adopted as a baby by the Smith family, Hal spent his childhood in lush Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After enlisting in the Navy in late-1963, he went on to become a Plank Owner of the USS Annapolis in Brooklyn in May of 1964. By 1965 he had made his way to the exotic South China Sea and it was there that he served two tours in the Vietnam War. Even with all the travel, and war, and adventure, he always said his life truly began in earnest when he had his first child, Sara, in 1979. Four years later he saw his beloved son Kyle Patrick into the world. The year 1979 also marked Hal's ascension to a 32-Degree Mason. He remained active in the organization for decades and devoted many hours to serving his community through volunteerism and charitable works. An attentive father, he was a consummate classroom volunteer and respected youth recreational sports coach and umpire. For more than a decade and a half Hal's weekends were devoted to baseball, softball, and football games. Sharing a love of hunting and the outdoors with his children and closest friends, Hal was the favored "deer camp cook." He was always ready with a thermos of hot cocoa in a frigid Ohio duck-blind. He instilled a deep and abiding appreciation for nature's beauty and power in his children and grandchild Penelope. His close relationship with his only grandchild, Penelope, changed both their lives forever. From her "Poppy," Penelope learned to be confident and spontaneous. Most importantly, Hal was a marvelous story-teller, a sympathetic listener, a friend without judgment, and an engaged and loving father and grandfather. His family and friends carry him with them in stories that will always bring a smile and a sweet tear. In short, he was a good man and he will be missed. A service in celebration of Hal's life will be held on Wednesday, September 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2151 Dorset Rd, Columbus, OH 43221.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 3, 2013