On July 15, 2014, Edmund Carlyle Smith of Sewickley, PA, died peacefully at age 93. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Gene Sachs Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gary and Karen Smith of Sewickley, PA; and three grandchildren, Emily (James) Bauersmith of Sewickley, PA, Brian (Aubrey) Smith of Greenwich, CT, and Margaret Smith of New York, NY. He was the proud great-grandfather of four boys, Ryan and William Bauersmith and Cole and Beckett Edmund Smith. He was preceded in death by his three sisters, Avis Smith, Beatrice Smith and Delores Riley. Edmund was born on October 10, 1920, in Grafton, WV, to Elias and Inez (Withers) Smith. At age 16, he enrolled at Fairmont College for one year and finished his education at West Virginia University where he completed a degree in Chemical Engineering, graduating in 1941. He joined Spang-Chalfant in Ambridge, PA, and helped to produce over 3,000 large shell casings daily for the U.S. war effort. After the war, he earned a Masters of Metallurgical Science at Carnegie Tech and became superintendent of the Hot Mill for the Ambridge ARMCO plants. He retired from ARMCO in 1982 after serving as Ambridge plant manager for 10 years. Edmund continued to be active on the boards of Beaver County AAA, Ambridge Chamber of Commerce and ESB Bank post-retirement. He was an exceptionally devoted board member of the ESB Bank for 39 years, performing as Audit Chairman until retirement at age 82. In 1949, Edmund married Evelyn Wagner of Baden, PA, and his only son, Gary, was born in 1950. Edmund was an active member of the Shields Presbyterian Church and the Sewickley Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf, bowling and skiing, and was a passionate fan of Steelers football and West Virginia University Football. He was a doting grandfather who rarely missed his grandchildren's athletic events. He enjoyed sporting and friendships made as a member of the Ambridge Country Club, the Edgeworth Club, Sewickley Heights Golf Club and Allegheny Country Club. He also enjoyed attending the Pittsburgh Opera with his wife, Gene, a lifelong supporter. Edmund served the community as a member of the Edgeworth Borough Council for many years. Funeral services for Edmund will be held at the Sewickley Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sewickley Valley Hospital or to the Sewickley Presbyterian Church. Announcement by COPELAND'S OF SEWICKLEY.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 17, 2014