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SMITH ALLEN THOMAS SMITH (Age 80) Passed away peacefully October 5, 2013 surrounded by his family in his home in Alexandria VA. He lived a long, happy life in Belle Haven, Old Town Alexandria and Naples, FL. Al was born in Waukegan, Illinois to William John Smith and Eula Spivey, on May 7, 1933. After losing his father at a young age, Allen exhibited enormous strength and resilience and went on to excel in academics and earned a spot at Northwestern University. After graduating with a degree in Communications, Al joined the United States Marine Corp and proudly served as a 1st Lieutenant. Throughout his life he was very proud of his military service and always displayed the Marine Corps insignia on his cars and clothing. When Allen left the military, he joined his father-in-law, Harry Gale, to build one of the largest Muzak franchises in the U.S. As a charismatic entrepreneur with boundless business savvy, he landed many prestigious accounts including The White House and many other government offices. He was very active in (IPMA) the International Planned Music Association, which was comprised of all Muzak franchisees worldwide, and served many years in the elective offices as Director, Vice President, President, and lastly the permanent honorary position of Director Emeritus. Allen was well known in the community and was awarded numerous awards, including the Belle Haven Citizenship Award. He stood out wherever he went and whatever he did. Meeting Allen Smith once would leave an indelible impression in one's mind, whether it be Al Smith the dynamic businessman, Al Smith the neighborhood Santa Claus, Al Smith the regular at the car wash, Al Smith the handsome "I can't believe he has 6 kids" guy, - he was truly unforgettable. Allen's most remarkable role was as Husband, Father and Grandfather extraordinaire. His family and home were his pride and joy. Music permeated the Smith residence with his singing, whistling, and old time favorites (especially Frank Sinatra) airing from the speakers in every room. The energy in the Smith house was immeasurable and a magnet for friends and relatives with his open door policy. You might find Allen in the kitchen cooking up a pot of his famous chili or popcorn, outside offering the neighborhood kids a Jeep ride to get ice cream, or rolling in the snow after a hot sauna. Allen's colorful personality was also reflected in his snazzy wardrobe and cars. He was an impeccable dresser who had heaps of personal style. Some might remember his signature snappy fire engine red International Scout Jeep that he adorned with Christmas wreaths, potted poinsettias, plush reindeers and custom horns and sirens. Al was an avid tennis player at the Belle Haven Country Club and a loyal Washington Redskin fan. Al was also a member of the University Club, Old Dominion Boat Club and The Club at Pelican Bay-Naples. Later in his life, he would meet Jan Cousins and marry her in 1983. Allen and Jan enjoyed 30 years together cruising, boating and traveling extensively around the world with good friends and family. Allen did everything with great gusto - he lived his life with passion and zeal. His enthusiasm was inspiring and contagious. He leaves behind many loved ones: Jan (Cousins) Smith, his loving wife of 30 years; his children, William J. Smith II, Julie Barrett, Lucy Baldwin, Molly Langdon and Harry Smith; nine wonderful grandchildren, Julie, Liza, Kelly, Peter, Caroline, Greta, Will, Daphne and Gracie; and many, many friends. Sadly, his beloved daughter, Sarah Oppenheimer and his first wife, Gloria Gale, mother of his children, predeceased him. Allen will be interred at private ceremony in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that he be memorialized with a contribution to the Wounded Warriors Project at or a .to the Wounded Warriors Project at or a .

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 13, 2013
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