David P. Smith “beloved father, grandfather and brother”
COUDERSPORT, Pa.---David P. Smith, 70, of Coudersport, formerly of Austin, passed away with his family by his side under the care of Cole Memorial Home Care and Hospice on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on October 30, 1948 in Johnstown, he was a son of Paul J. and Olive L. “Betty” Wright Smith.
He was a graduate of Portage High School in Portage, Class of 1966 and had previously attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Portage. David was a U.S. Army veteran attaining the rank of Staff Sargent, having served in the Vietnam War, receiving a Bronze Star medal.
David was employed for over 40 years by Conrail and by Norfolk Southern Railway.
He was a life member of the Austin VFW Post 7810, a 41 year member of Coudersport American Legion Post 192, and a life member of the Austin Costello Sportsmen’s Club. He enjoyed fishing, going to casinos and making wine. David was a devoted lifetime fan of the Cleveland Browns.
Surviving are a son, Jeremy D. (Maritza) Smith of York; a daughter, Erika M. Smith of Toms River, New Jersey; a grandson, Jeziel “Jey” Smith; three brothers, Robert “Reagan” (Judy) Smith and James (Elaine) Smith, both of Portage, and Colin (Linda) Smith of Bonita Springs Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
David was predeceased by his parents.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of David’s life on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 2pm to 4pm at the Coudersport American Legion, with military honors being accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard at 4pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.
David’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of David, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com