Robert R. Smith, 92, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Friday, May 3, 2013. He was born in Conneautville, Pa. on October 24, 1920. He was the son of the late Felix and Mary Ann Smith. He graduated from Erie Technical High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served bravely in the European theatre of World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Bob worked his entire life in Erie, where he was a respected pattern maker. He served on the Board of Directors and was a lifelong member of the Zukor Club. Bob loved to garden, bake and was an avid card player. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Elizabeth (Ott) Smith and thirteen brothers and sisters. Bob is survived by his children: Carla Torrelli (Jim) of Union City, Pa., Karen Custard (Dwayne) of Inver Grove, Minn., Robert Smith (Penny) of Pittsburgh, Pa., Richard Smith of Chatham, N.J., Ronald Smith (Terri) of Stone Mountain, Ga., Colleen Wilwohl (John) of Erie, Pa., thirteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, Richard Smith of Erie, Pa. Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Blvd. A service will be held there on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. George Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Regional Home, Health and Hospice, 3526 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16508 or to the
. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.
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Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory
1595 West 38TH St.
Erie, PA 16508
Published in the Erie Times-News on May 5, 2013