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Francis Joseph Smith

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Francis Joseph Smith Obituary
Francis Joseph Smith

Redding, CA

Francis "Frank" Joseph Smith of Redding passed away peacefully and surrounded by close family Monday, January 15, 2018, from complications related to Parkinson's disease. Frank was born August 25, 1936, in Philadelphia, PA, the second child of Rita Monica (McCormick) and Francis Aloysius Smith.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of nearly 20 years Mary Jean (Egyed) Smith; daughter and son in law Aloria and Doug Gorganus of Riverside, CA and their children Britney and Shawn; daughter and son in law Lyla and Bryan Reinero of Pacifica, CA and their children Nicoletta, Veronica and Francesca; son Aaron; sister Teresa Murdock; nieces Teresa Scroppo, Coleen Coyne, and Francine Sweeney; and his beloved dog Velma as well as countless friends and extended family.

Frank was a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and received a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. However, it was music that was Frank's true calling and he was an accomplished woodwind musician (saxophone, flute, and clarinet) on the Free Jazz scene in New York City in the late 1960's and early 70's, playing alongside such luminaries as Ornette Coleman.

After traveling back and forth between San Francisco, CA and the East Coast, Frank and his second wife Antonia "Toni" Julia (Nixon) settled with their small family in San Francisco in September 1973. Toni died unexpectedly shortly thereafter. Frank stayed strong through this tragedy and found the means to raise his two younger children on his own as a single parent, an accomplishment of which he was rightfully very proud.

Frank and Mary Jean's "how we met" story is one for the ages. She was working as real estate appraiser and was assigned to do a valuation for Frank's home in San Francisco. Frank, not known for being an early riser, answered the door in his well-worn bathrobe and bright red-winged sunglasses. Love at first sight?? In any event, she didn't run away screaming and the rest, as they say, is history.

Frank and Mary Jean were married May 3, 1998, in Olema, CA and they settled in Redding in 2002. Together, they enjoyed dining out, attending cultural events and taking road trips.

A celebration of Frank's life will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018, 5-9pm at The Pedro Point Firehouse in Pacifica, CA. Those interested in attending the event, please RSVP: [email protected]

There will be an interment ceremony on Friday, February 16, 2018, 10am at Redding Memorial Park, 1201 Continental St., Redding, CA 96001.

In lieu of flowers, Frank would have wished for a memorial donation to the Haven Humane Society in Anderson.

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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Jan. 20, 2018
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