43, It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Ryan "Bo" Smith on May 9, 2013. He was born on April 4, 1970 in Orlando, Florida. He was a graduate of St. Peter Catholic School and DeLand High School (Class of 1988). During his childhood, he was active with the Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus Squires, Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball. Bo also served as an altar boy at St. Peter Catholic Church. In high school, he participated in numerous athletic activities and was a member of the Deland High School Band. Bo served as president of the Deland Hi-Y Club. He was a talented drummer and shared his gifts with the church, school and the community. Throughout his adult life, Bo enjoyed fishing, golf, softball and was an avid FSU fan. Bo was a mentor and coach for the award winning Northwest Volusia Little League. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, the Life Teen Band and the West Volusia Council 6274 of the Knights of Columbus. Bo was a skilled automotive paint specialist. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara, stepson, Jake; parents Deacon Jerry and Patsy Smith; brothers, Mike Smith (Jennifer) and Greg Smith (Terri); sister Kellee Garner(Jim); nieces, Katrina, Danielle, Erin, Jazmen and Anslee; and nephews, Cory and Trey; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from his large, loving family. Bo treasured his dogs, Ringo and Bonnum, and will be dearly missed by his "boys". A celebration of Bo's life will be held on Friday, May 17 at Lankford Funeral Home, 220 E. New York Ave, DeLand Florida. The family will receive friends from 6 pm-7 pm with a service immediately following. A Celebration of Life Mass will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 am, St. Peter Catholic Church, with a reception immediately following in the Alpha Omega Room. Bo's family will lay him to rest, at the family's grave site in the Linden Cemetery, Linden, Florida (Sumter County). Flowers are welcome, however, if desired, please consider a memorial contribution to the St. Peter Family Life Center, 359 W. New York Avenue, DeLand Fl. 32720. You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.lankfordfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 14, 2013