Ira B. Smades, 87, of 39 Abbott Road, Bradford, passed away Monday (Feb. 4, 2013) surrounded by his loving family at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born March 30, 1925, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Concetta Balbo Thomson and Ira B. Smades Sr. On June 7, 1945, in Bradford, he married Josephine Yoke Smades, who survives him.
He was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School. On June 29, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in Europe and Africa, and he was honorably discharged on Feb. 23, 1946. Mr. Smades worked as a self-employed painting contractor for more than 60 years in the Bradford area.
He was a member of St. Bernard Church, member, past president and member of the board of directors at Pine Acres Golf Course, and a member of both the Knights of Columbus Council 403 and the Bradford Exchange Club.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, is one daughter, Tina (Nick) Pansic of Chicago, Ill.; two sons, Ira P. (Penny) Smades of Limerick and Joel M. (Katie) Smades of Clearwater, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Michael Smades, Eric Smades, Sam Smades, Sidney Smades, Olivia Smades, Aaron Gette and Heidi Blessing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Lisa Smades.
Family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Military honors will be accorded after the Mass at church. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 5 to Feb. 11, 2013