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William Frederick Smith "Bill the Builder"

February 25, 1925 - December 8, 2016

Bill Smith of Rancho Palos Verdes passed away at home with family by his side. He was born to Joseph and Helen Smith in Los Angeles, growing up on 2nd St. and attending Dorsey High School. In 1941 he joined the Navy and went to USC. In 1951 Bill married Phyllis Jocelyn Stoddard, having children Susan, Robert, Daniel, James and Andrew. Divorcing in 1975, in 1978 he married Claudia Jeanne Ransom, with son John. He was preceded in passing by his parents, brother Ferd, sons Daniel Arthur Smith and Andrew William Smith, and wife Claudia Smith. Bill worked as an engineer until the early 50's when he partnered with Evan Koppe and eventually other friends, becoming a building contractor. Starting with post-war tract homes in Pomona, he and his family returned to the South Bay & built many homes, apts. and commercial buildings in the area. The family moved from PVE to 4th and Strand in Manhattan Bch. in 1965; with Bill and Claudia later living in PVE and RPV. Bill enjoyed volleyball, golf, tennis and fishing. He was part of a group of families and close friends who gathered at the Shattuck's at 9th Street in Hermosa, then 24th and 4th streets in Manhattan Bch. for volleyball, festivities and beach fun. Bill was also a lifelong USC Trojan. Travel was a passion and he saw a lot of the world. Survivors include sister Jean Kohlmeyer, children Susan Campbell, sons Robert and James Smith; step-son John Ransom, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He had a good, full, long life and we love and miss him heaps. A celebration of Bill's life with family and friends will be held at 12:00 Sunday the 22nd of Jan 2017 at the PV Country Club. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 20, 2017
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