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Herbert “Herb” L. Smith, Jr., a man known for his vibrant spirit and zest for life, peacefully passed away on November 21, 2023, at the age of 86. Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Herb’s journey took him from the halls of high school in Hannibal, New York, to serving as an Army soldier in Vietnam and beyond. Along the way, he pursued his passion for art, dedicated himself to community service, and touched the lives of countless people with his infectious positivity and captivating stories. Join us as we celebrate the remarkable life of Herb Smith, a true adventurer and beloved soul.
Obituary of Herbert “Herb” L. Smith, Jr.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Herbert “Herb” L. Smith, Jr. at the age of 86. Herb peacefully left this world on November 21, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones in Lake Placid, Florida. His presence will be greatly missed, but his memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him.
Early Life and Education
Herb was born on June 8, 1937, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to his parents Herbert L. Smith, Sr. and Anna M. Smith (Cook). He spent his formative years in Hannibal, New York, where he completed his high school education. Herb’s thirst for knowledge led him to pursue various educational opportunities, including Dade Jr. College, the University of Miami, Beaux Beauty School, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Oswego, where he earned his BA in fine arts.
In 1960, Herb embarked on a new chapter of his life by joining the Army. Throughout his military career, he displayed unwavering dedication and commitment. As an Army soldier, he underwent rigorous training exercises and attended numerous classes to enhance his skills. Herb’s leadership abilities were recognized, and he served as the battery commander at the Nike Hercules nuclear site near Los Angeles, California. He also held the rank of captain during his service in Vietnam. Later, he became the S-3 officer range command at Fort Bliss in Texas. Herb’s dedication to his country continued as he transitioned to the Army National Guard, where he achieved the rank of major in 1976.
Community Work and Hobbies
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Herb dedicated himself to serving his community. He first served as the director of civil defense for Martin County, Florida, and later for Wayne County, New York. Herb had a zest for life and pursued various hobbies that brought him joy. He was an avid sailor, a talented painter, and a skilled guitarist. Herb’s love for music and dance was infectious, and he never missed an opportunity to captivate others with his stories. He found solace in his faith and was an active member of his local church.
Family and Loved Ones
Herb experienced both joy and heartache in his personal life. He was blessed with a soulmate, Elizabeth “Beth” A. Harrington, whom he married in June 1961. Beth’s unwavering support and love were a constant source of strength for Herb throughout their 37 years of marriage. Sadly, Beth, along with their children John and Wayne Smith, Brenda Smith, Cherie and Bradford Snow, and in-laws Francis, Dorothy, and Patricia Harrington, preceded Herb in death. Their absence left a void in his heart that could never be filled.
Herb is survived by his loving children, Herbert Smith III (Carolyn) and Lecia Riccelli (James). He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, including Brennan and Sean Smith. In addition, he is survived by his siblings Warren and William (Vicki) Smith, as well as his in-laws Jean Smith and William and Francis (Rosanna) Harrington. Herb’s legacy will continue through his surviving relatives, who will cherish his memory and carry on his spirit of love and resilience.
Herbert “Herb” L. Smith, Jr., a resident of Lake Placid, Florida, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2023, at the age of 86. Born on June 8, 1937, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Herb had a diverse educational background, including Dade Jr. College, the University of Miami, Beaux Beauty School, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Oswego, where he earned a BA in fine arts. Herb served as an Army soldier, with notable roles such as battery commander at the Nike Hercules nuclear site and captain in Vietnam. After his military service, he dedicated himself to community work and enjoyed various hobbies like sailing, painting, and playing the guitar. Herb will be remembered for his positive outlook, sociability, and sense of humor. He is survived by his children, Herbert Smith III and Lecia Riccelli, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Herb’s loved ones, including his wife of 37 years, Beth, preceded him in death. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Herb Smith during this difficult time.