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FREMONT: Message from Brad: "If you are reading this now, I've started a new adventure. Karate student, karate instructor, college student, college professor. I have traveled a great deal, and my life has been a wonderful adventure. Now it is time for my next one. I want to thank all of my friends and loved ones for adding color to my life. I love you all, and have a wonderful life! Peace."
Brad Smith, 58, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2012. Brad was born June 17, 1953 in Fremont, OH to the late Vaughn Smith and Melva (Michaels Smith) Murphy, who survives. He graduated from Fremont Ross High in 1972 and was previously married to Jo Ann (Rossi) Smith. He graduated from Ohio University in 1994 with a Bachelors of Specialized Studies and from Heidelburg College in 1997 with a Masters in Counseling.
Brad was a karate instructor and owner of Goju Karate in Fremont from 1971-1994. Brad had most currently worked as a professor at Terra Community College for 14 years, until his illness. One of the most fun jobs he ever had was his first job as usher/assistant manager at the Paramount Cinema while in high school.
Brad is also survived by his beloved daughter Michelle; and grandson Rylie; and his loving and devoted fiancée Carolyn Forgatsch Link.
At Brad's wishes, there will be no services, at this time. If all who knew Brad keep a piece of him in their hearts, they will be better people and the world will be a better place.
Donations may be made to the Brad S. Smith Memorial Scholarship c/o Terra Community College Foundation or Hospice of Memorial Hospital.
The Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Fremont has been entrusted with Brad's arrangements. To express online condolences, please visit www.hermankinn.com.
Published in the News-Messenger on June 18, 2012