Gerald L. Smith
Gerald L. Smith
  • April 7, 1933 - February 24, 2017
  • Casselberry, Florida

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Gerald L. “Jerry” Smith, 83, of Casselberry, FL, formerly of Palm Harbor, FL, passed away on February 24, 2017. He was born to the late Logan and Marjorie Smith in Barberton, OH on April 7, 1933.

Early in life Jerry discovered a passion for athletics. In high school Jerry ran track, played basketball and football. He was talented enough to earn an athletic scholarship to the University of Arkansas. After a year, he returned to Ohio and transferred to The College of Wooster. His accomplishments in football, basketball, and track earned him a place in the College of Wooster “W” Association Athletic Hall of Fame.

After college, Jerry served his country in the United States Army as a medic. He was stationed in Germany for the majority of his two year stint in the Army.

He subsequently served proudly as an Ohio State Trooper for a number of years. Later in life, Jerry worked in sales and sales management positions for a variety of industrial firms until his retirement in 1997. During his retirement years, Jerry enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family, whom he cherished. He and his wife, Jan, were members of the Crescent Oaks Country Club in Palm Harbor.

Jerry met Janice, the love of his life, on St. Patrick’s Day while on a blind date. Unsure of whether or not Jan was actually his date, Jerry told his buddy, after seeing Jan, that she was the woman he was going to marry. They celebrated their 56 year wedding anniversary in August of last year.

Not only as a loving husband, Jerry will be remembered as a committed father who often coached the teams on which his children played, despite work that required frequent travel. Jerry is already deeply missed by his family, and all those who appreciated and loved him.

Jerry was preceded in passing by his son, Larry Smith. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice A. Smith; his children Jerry Smith (and his wife Amanda) and Lynn Green (and her husband Michael); his daughter-in-law, Kitty Cronin; his grandchildren, Catherine Smith, Sam, Grace, and Hannah Green, and Logan and Trevor Smith; as well as other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 17 at 1pm at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, 2405 Philippe Pkwy, Safety Harbor, FL 34695.

Arrangements are under the care of Baldwin Fairchild East Altamonte, an honored Dignity Memorial provider.