Peter George Smith

Peter George Smith

Sept. 4, 1931 - Sept. 12, 2013


Peter George Smith, 82, passed away peacefully in the comfort of Shell Point's Pavilion, his room recently decorated by his children with his own fine art and furniture. His devoted caregivers gave him a birthday party complete with cake, balloons and dogs, and he spoke to each of his children. His last meal: homemade carrot cake, LARGE PIECE, his favorite.

Peter was born in Columbus, Ohio, on September 4, 1931, to Anne Savage Smith and Harrison Wilson Smith, making their family of five complete, with three tall sons; Pete was 6-foot-10 inches! He graduated from the Columbus Academy and went on to Yale University, where he (obviously) starred on the basketball team and received a BFA. Then he moved back to Columbus to begin his 15-plus year career as VP of Merchandising & Advertising with Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp., and a lifelong friendship with the Yenkins.

While in New Haven, Peter married Carolyn Wadsworth Smith on July 31, 1953, and they started their family (and marriage of 50+ years!). First came Cynthia, followed by Lisa, then Carrie and finally Adamm and his twin brother Andrew (who died in infancy) , all of whom spent most of their idyllic childhoods in rural Galena, Ohio, in a hexagonal house designed and built by Peter, just a stone's throw from Hoover Reservoir. A sailor at heart, he built five sailboats and was the Commodore of the Bilge and Bulge Yacht Club in Galena. His last boat gave him the impetus to move to Sanibel Island, Florida with Carolyn and Adamm in tow.

On Sanibel, he helped start Smith Radigan Advertising Agency and received numerous awards for excellence in creative art and design; he was a founder of Big Arts, something he remained proud of throughout his life; and all who visited were thankful for his choice of residence.

Peter's creative spirit did not end until his passing, and those who tasted his Artisan bread will miss it. He was a wonderful chef, carpenter, painter, sailor, fisherman, writer, etc. But his wit and incredible sense of humor will be missed even more. He relished a good conversation and making people laugh.

Peter was preceded in death by his son, Andrew; his wife, Carolyn; his daughter, Lisa Pierot; his son-in-law, Kim Ross; and his brother, Harrison (Bill). He is survived by daughters, Cynthia (John) Haas and Carrie Ross; son, Adamm (Andrea); grandchildren: Bronwyn, Anneke, Hannah and Myrna Haas; Anna and Emily Pierot; Nick, Luke and Andie Ross; Tate and Allie Smith; great-grandchildren, Jayden Ross, Layla Woods and Oscar George Bateman-Rapier; brother, Mark (Nancy); sister-in-law, Connie Smith, and friends too numerous to list.

Peter's wishes were to be cremated, and we intend to cast his ashes upon the French River in Canada, where he spent many a summer's vacation fishing with family and friends.

We especially want to thank dad's caregivers during his year at the Pavilion. Kudos to one and all, and especially to Pam. You WERE our hands and feet, and mostly our HEARTS when we couldn't be there. You loved him WELL and he YOU. THANK YOU!

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Published in The Sunbury News from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014