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William Francis (Bill) Smith Jr.

1935 - 2019
William Francis (Bill) Smith Jr. Obituary
William (Bill) Francis Smith, Jr.

William (Bill) Francis Smith, Jr. passed from this life into eternal life on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the age of 84.

Bill was born on June 30, 1935 in Glenshaw, PA, to the late William Sr. and Marie (McGrath) Smith. He had a loved sister Barbara (RIP 1993) Lowndes. He graduated from North Catholic High School in 1951, honorably served in the United States Marine Corps., and earned his degree from Duquesne University in 1960.

He married Margaret Ann (Peggy) Coyne on June 14, 1958 and together they had five children: Sue (KC) Graham of Butler, PA; Dan (Susie) Smith of Hubertus, WI; Kathy (Gary) Heller of New Berlin, WI; Meg Best of Roswell, GA and Buddy Smith (RIP 1975). They have ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Bill was a family man and a devout Catholic. He thrived at helping others and making all feel welcome and cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren whenever he could.

His personality was larger than life. He said his Irish roots gave him the gift of storytelling, sprinkled with humor and strove to make people laugh. He had a good joke or funny story for every topic.

Bill had a colorful, successful career in the beverage industry, which began at Pittsburgh Brewing Company in 1957. He worked his way up and then moved on to management positions at National Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD and Miami, FL. He was at Miller Brewing Company in 1973 in Milwaukee, WI in management. In 1975, Bill rejoined Pittsburgh Brewing Company and was elected President in August 1978. He is credited with saving the company from "flat sales to foamy profits." Bill became a familiar face in the company's beer commercials and billboards and through his regular appearances at local taverns and events throughout the community doing what he liked most—visiting with old and new friends everywhere he went. He commissioned special edition beer cans for the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and the Pitt Panthers and was a recipient of the 1980 Pittsburgh Man of the Year Business Award.

In 1981, Bill became President and Chief Executive Officer of Pabst Brewing Company and worked to turn the business around past seven takeover attempts, legal battles, and labor troubles. He then co-formed MTX Inc. and purchased was the Joseph Huber Brewing Company in Monroe, WI, producer of Augsburger beer. He worked with the Master Brewers Association of America and the Brewers and Beverage Packaging Association and served on several boards-including Marquette University, Cardinal Stritch University, and Sargento. After retiring in 1989, Bill and Peggy moved to Palm City, FL, where they spent many happy years until Peggy's sad passing in 2016.

We'll always remember Bill for his love of life, people, and of course, sports. He golfed at the Bing Cosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship at Pebble Beach twice. He attended several SuperBowl games and World Series. Bill played volleyball, racquetball and bowled on teams while a member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Club (PAA). Bill and Peggy were avid golfers at Wildwood Country Club (Hampton, PA), Ozaukee Country Club (Mequon, WI), and Harbor Ridge Country Club (Palm City, FL). Their Sundays were often: breakfast, mass, then golf 18.

They shared an equal love for boating and fishing that started in Miami in the 1960s. Bill proudly became the captain of "The Beer Guy," the first of many boats. Bill and Peggy enjoyed spending summers island-hopping in the Bahamas with boating friends and family.

The past three years, Bill lived in Roswell, GA at the Georgian Lakeside assisted living home. He found new friends and a sweet lady friend that kept him smiling.

The world was a better place because of Bill. His spirit will live on through the laughter of his family and all those that knew and loved him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests considering donations to the at .

Visitation: Saturday, November 9 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Neely Funeral Home, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw PA 15116

Mass: Saturday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Ursula Catholic Church, 3937 Kirk Ave, Allison Park, PA 15101
Published in the TC Palm from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5, 2019
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