- April 17, 1930 - March 13, 2017
- Tequesta, Florida
of Lionel's Passing
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“Lois, so sorry for your loss.
1 of 7 | Posted by: Dolores Becken - Classmate
“To the Smiths: Our condolences to your family... Ya'll were such a dear part of the old neighborhood! Prayers and peace to all of you at this...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: A friend
“It was a pleasure knowing Lionel. I used to layover our talks together..xxxxx
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jacqui Hayden - Tequesta, FL
“We've shared many events together, both in Pennsylvania and Florida, and they all were very memorable. Doreen and I moved on Pacific Blvd so that...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: George Essey - Monessen, PA
“I (MR) first met Lionel at the Elks Bingo in 1987.. He was very friendly and helpful to a new bingo goer. My husband belonged to the Elks so we had...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Wil and Mary Rose Fleurant - FL
“Aunt Lois and family,We are so sorry for your loss! Uncle Lionel will be missed by so many. Please cherish your good memories, as we will. We have...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jane Swanson - Genoa, NE - Family
7 of 7 | Posted by: Elaine Smith - Jupiter - Family
Lionel E. Smith
Fire Chief (Ret) Lionel Smith passed away at the age of 86 Monday evening, March 13, 2017 following a brief illness, surrounded by family.
He was born in Monessen, PA on April 17, 1930 to Edward and Thelma Smith. He moved his family to Florida in 1963.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lois Read Smith; Sons Scott (Elaine) and Steven (Kimberly); grandchildren Anne Olaynick (Seth), Scott Jr & Kevin; Sisters Charlotte Sonafelt and Nova Nole; Sisters-in-law Alice Selcan and Frances Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. Sons Alan, Michael and brother Donn Smith predecease him.
Lionel retired from Pratt & Whitney after working 27 years as a firefighter/EMT. He was also an active member of the community in which he lived.
In July of 1967, he and county commissioner, Timer Powers founded South Martin County Volunteer Fire Department of which he was chief for over 10 years.
He also helped form the Jupiter chapter of ELKS, Lodge # 2469 and was Exalted Ruler 1972 to 1973. He was a member of the Rood Williams American Legion Post 271 as an Air Force veteran who served during the Korean conflict.
He was an active member of the church choir and parishioner at St. Jude Catholic Church for 55 years.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997. This group has taken very good care of family members and holds a special place in the family's heart.
The viewing will be held Sunday, March 19, 4 – 7pm at Taylor & Modeen of Jupiter and a funeral mass will be at St. Jude Catholic Church Monday, March 20th at 10:00am followed by interment at Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta.