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William G. Smith Jr.

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William G. Smith Jr. Obituary
December 2, 1931 - April 15, 2016 William G Smith, Jr. "Bill," age 84, passed into eternal rest on Friday April 15, 2016. Born in Portland, Oregon December 2, 1931, Bill moved to Seattle and attended Queen Anne High School, graduating in 1951. Bill joined the United States Navy in 1951, serving on the USS Currier (DE-700) until 1955. After his military service, Bill relocated to the Los Angeles area where he resided with his family. Working at The May Company for over 30 years until his retirement in 1994, Bill was a favorite in the shoe department. After retirement, Mr. Smith volunteered regularly at the Los Angeles International Airport as a Travelers Aid for over 20 years, logging thousands of volunteer hours. Active in the Westchester's Senior's, Bill was a regular at the Tuesday Seniors Bowling League. An avid sports fan, Bill would regularly clip & distribute articles written about the USC Trojans and the LA Dodgers to his family. In 1968, Bill donated one of his kidneys to his brother Richard, in what was a pioneering event in the treatment of Kidney Disease. Both Bill & Richard took great pride in being the third kidney transplant patients at UCLA Medical Center. Though he never wed, Bill always stood by his family. Living with his brother and mother after the death of his father, to ensure their care as they aged, Bill exemplified "taking care of his family." He will be remembered by his friends and family as one the kindest and most genuinely generous individuals they have encountered. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, William G. Smith, Sr. (1960) & Mina P Smith (2007) and brother Richard Martin Smith (1998). He is survived by his first cousin Carol Burch Cigliano, her 10 children & spouses, and their 21 children. A Graveside Memorial will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence, Inglewood, CA. followed by an offsite luncheon reception.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 20 to Apr. 23, 2016
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