Henry L. (Hank) Smith|
Hank was born in Passaic, NJ on Aug. 19, 1939. He was the loving partner of Raymond DeBenedictis for the past 43 years.
Raised in Clifton, NJ, he earned his CPA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for various accounting firms in New York City and New Jersey, eventually starting his own tax accounting business in 1985, until his retirement in 2005.
Hank and Ray moved to Pennsylvania in 1991. Hank enjoyed helping others, and volunteered at Pocono Medical Center for about 17 years, and also tutored students in accounting at East Stroudsburg University for a number of years.
Hank especially enjoyed garderning and nature; each year his vegetable garden became larger and larger as he gave away the fruits of his labor. He also was an avid reader and loved to travel.
Hank was an active member of a Twelve Step Program, and did his best to carry the message of sobriety and serenity to many individuals over the years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He knew that by "giving the message away" all the good deeds, caring and sharing added to his and everyone's happiness.
Hank will be missed by his family and friends. The Smith family knew him as Henry - a name he changed to Hank when he went to college, since his father was Henry too and he did not like being referred to as "little Henry." Regardless, his brother Alan, his nieces Andrea and Christine, and their families will miss him, as well as his sister-in-law Paula and her husband Darryl Battle.
We were blessed to have Hank (Henry) in our lives.
Service: 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, from the Kresge Funeral Home, 1763 Route 209, Brodheadsville, with Elizabeth Blundetto officiating. Call Sunday from 5 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network, P.O. Box 561, Saylorsburg, PA 18353.
Published in Times News on Aug. 2, 2014