Marshall Neil Smith
Marshall Neil Smith
  • July 15, 1927 - October 28, 2017
  • Henrietta, New York

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Marshall Neil Smith, Sr. "Smitty", died peacefully at the VA on October 28, 2017 in Canandaigua, NY at the age of 90.

He married Shirley Mae Street of Rochester, NY in 1952. They celebrated 60 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on October 7th, 2012.

Marshall is survived by his children; Marlene Meredith (Rogers), Valerie Bandemer (Russell) Neil (Nicole), Lora Harris(Charles), and Terry (Vivian), of Rochester, NY and Austin, TX. He leaves behind 13 Grandchildren, 10 Great-grandchildren, and 1 Great-great-grandchild.

Marshall was born on July 15, 1927 in Rochester, NY to James and Ida May Smith. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Navy in 1945. He joined Construction Battalion (C. B.'s), 1st Class Petty Officer. He received a Direct Commission in the United States Coast Guard and retired as Lieutenant Commander.

He received a B.S. Degree from Syracuse University and S.U.N.Y. with a degree in Forestry, Major in Landscape Architecture and Certified Ornamental. He was also a Horticulture Teacher.
Marshall was the owner of Brookside Nursery and Landscaping Service, Inc. from 1960-1981, it was one of the largest landscape service, nursery, and garden centers in the Rochester, NY area. He was a member of the Penfield Union Lodge Masons, and was a Worshipful Master in 1971, and Worthy Patron, O.E.P. 1972, 1982 Shriner. He taught Ornamental Horticulture for 2 years and moved to Austin, TX in 1981, where he founded Onion Creek Landscape Nursery in 1983. He worked as a group I insurance broker since 1982, health care insurance, Medicaid supplemental and final expense programs, L.U.T.C. graduate.

He was active at Cedar Creek United Methodist Church. He initiated and chaired the Cedar Creek Family Festival from 2006-2009.

He chartered in January 2008 and was President to Cedar Creek Rotary International Club.
A funeral will be scheduled for late April or early May 2018 in Rochester, NY. Please watch for a notice in the newspaper and on Facebook. Flowers and condolences will be received at that time.

Arrangements under the direction of Alvah Halloran & Son Funeral Home, Rochester, NY.