MATTHEW A. SMITH - ESSEX JUNCTION - Matthew Alan Smith, 47, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. He was born in Malone, N.Y., on Oct. 15, 1965, son of Alan Smith and Sandra (Sweet) Hauf. Matthew graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island, and practiced as a pharmacist. He married the former Patti Hobbs on June 6, 2002. Matthew was a caring and devoted father. He enjoyed teaching and supporting his boys in bike riding, athletics of all kinds, Cub Scouts, homework and developing an appreciation for the natural world. Matthew was a world-class joker, with a specialty in quick comebacks and wise cracks, a trait he passed on to both of his sons. Matthew was known for his many culinary creations and home-grown vegetables, which he generously shared with friends and family. Matthew was a true athlete throughout his life. For many years he was a skier, runner, and competitive tri-athlete. Following his spinal cord injury, he was active in adaptive athletics, including sled hockey and marathon hand-cycling. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Patti (Hobbs) Smith, and their two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin, of Essex Jct.; his father and stepmother, Alan and Claudia Smith of New York; his mother, Sandra Hauf of Florida; four brothers, Mark Smith and wife, Wendy, Morgan Smith, Michael Hauf and wife, Raquel, and Stephen Hauf and wife, Rene; two sisters, Stazia Philips, and Tara Lantry and husband, Jamie, all of New York; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his stepfather, Roland Hauf. Private family services have been held in Matthew's honor. Memorial contributions in Matthew's memory may be made to the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) by visiting www.disabledathletics.org, or by check to NDAA, 82 Killarney Dr., Burlington, VT 05408. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 21, 2013