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Nicholas A. Smith

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Nicholas A. Smith

- - Nicholas A. Smith, who resided in Fishkill, New York, and formerly of Brooklyn Heights and East Williston, New York, passed away at the age of 53 on January 18, 2019, after a courageous and stoic battle with cancer. Nicholas (Nick) is the son of Robert and Pauline Smith (both deceased), and the husband of Susanne Smith. Nick (as well as his parents) was an only child, but when he married Susanne (Sue) he gained a big family. He was the funny "Uncle Nick" to 7 nephews, 3 nieces, 1 great nephew and 2 great nieces, the caring and kind son-in-law to Sue's parents, and the always helpful brother-in-law to Sue's 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and their spouses. Nick graduated from The Wheatley School in 1983, Bard College in 1987 with a B.A. in political science, and Marist College in 2007 with a B.S. in accounting (Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society). He worked in the House of Commons in London in 1988 for the Shadow Environment Secretary. Nick was not only intelligent, he was a wealth of information, and he enjoyed sharing it in interesting conversations with people of all ages. He always saw the humor in any situation, and had that innate English sense of humour (his mum was born and raised in England). Nick was a gentleman, unstintingly loyal (forever a hopeful New York Jets fan), low-key, with a solid appreciation for the non-material things in life. He worked as a paralegal for many years in Manhattan, and it was at a law firm on Wall Street where he met Sue, another paralegal at the same firm, in 1997. They married in 2004, had a wonderful June wedding, and an even more wonderful marriage that lasted until his last breath. Nick loved music (emphasis on punk and very obscure bands), and it can be said that very few people know more about music than Nick did. He was well known in the vinyl record album business; he was a "Power" Seller on eBay, and worked at various record stores in Manhattan and Long Island, all the while building a priceless album collection. Nick loved all animals, and loved his chihuahua, Tebow, (almost) as much as he loved Sue. Their walks in town were pure joy, and the three were a loving family that shared many vacations and adventures. Nick will be missed terribly by Sue, Tebow, and family and friends, but his humor (even his offbeat humor), kindness, easygoing attitude ("slow down and relax"), and interesting and sometimes lengthy conversations, will forever reside in all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held in Nick's honor at a later date with family and friends. Donations may be made to an animal , in Nick's name.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Feb. 1, 2019
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