Donald Smith

Donald E. Smith

Thursday, August 13th, 1936 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
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Donald E. Smith
August 13, 1936 - May 2, 2020
Donald E. Smith, 83, of East Syracuse passed away on Saturday. Don was a well known and respected general contractor, and as one of his customer’s recalled “everybody called Don for everything, or to borrow a tool from his vast collection”. He was proud of his profession, and to have been able serve both residential and commercial customers in the area for many years. He was also a proud Veteran, who served in the U.S. Navy.
He cherished his beloved family and shared a lasting-loving bond with his wife, of 63 years, Geraldine. They were a great team, who leaned on each other during good times and bad.
In addition to his wife, Geraldine, he is survived by his children, Deborah Smith, Donald (Susan) Smith, Daniel (Kathleen) Smith, David (Christine) Smith and Douglas (Michele) Smith; his grandchildren, Jacob, Jeremy and Gwendolyn and his siblings, Sally (Richard) Orcutt, James (Brenda Foster) Smith and Beverly Atchison and sister-in-law, Barbara Leo and brothers-in-law, James and Ronald Leo.
Services will be private for his family and burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt.
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery
    4100 E. Genesee Street
    Dewitt 13214
Services will be private.


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Judith P McCarty

Posted at 09:19am
Judy Parfitt McCarty
Don’s work shop was a craftsman’s dream. So may tools, all to make beautiful thing. In 1975 he built for my mother “Grace Parfitt”, a set of free-standing cabinets. They were beautiful then, as they are today. They now reside in a home in Virginia, holding treasured model railroad items. His talent lives on with all the people he came in contact with. Hot water heater or beautiful cabinets. Don was a good cousin. From family photos, he seemed to be my baby sitter when I was just a toddler. One photo shows us playing in the snow. Photo says 12 degrees below zero. Life is not for the faint of heart in “the Smith Family”. His family has lost a treasure. May he rest in peace knowing that he “competed well, finished the race, kept the faith.”,

Cherie Tuxill

Posted at 02:41pm
God Bless you Debbie, your family and friends,
Don had such a nice way about him - so unassuming - so eager to help, and easy to talk to!
I remember one of our first chit-chats, over the background fence, while raking leaves - he's giving me helpful suggestions to make bringing the leaves to the curb easier. When I shared that using the wheelbarrow was the way my Dad did it - he respected that, like he knew somehow.
Don made no big thing about snow blowing our sidewalk too ... and nicely returning our thankful wave!
When our big beautiful front yard tree's root started pushing up the sidewalk he said "You may have some trouble coming there - if you'd like, give me a call in the Spring and I'll take care of it before it does damage and creates an expense for you."
Don spoke in the positive ... how can I help!
Sometimes it was a wave "Hello" as he was coming or going, or as we passed by in our work in the backyards --- always a treat to see him --- one time when I complimented Don on how fit he was, he replied "Guess how old I am." I hesitated and told him "I'm not good as guessing!" He said "Just guess." I honestly thought and said "In your late sixties?" He was delighted to say "In my eighties." After my "Wow!" he said "I have my challenges but I'm still going!" I can hear the joy, the modest joy, in his voice!
What a nice person - what a pleasure to share the seasonal changes with --- God is holding your father gently in His hands Debbie, for your father has done well, has served well ... God Bless you Don ... all are fortunate in having you "Back in your eternal Home" while we all here are missing you! Thank you Don, God Bless you, Cherie Tuxill

Frank Deuel

Posted at 10:02am
I would like to express my condolences to the family of Don. I was greatly saddened by his passing. Don was a friend for 48 years, from the time I worked with him at Thelen Iron Works. We remained good friends through the years. We will miss his visits to D.N. Gannon Fabricating, as he would stop in from time to time, to share his humor and sometimes, he advice.
With sincere sympathy
Frank Deuel

Donna Nitzke

Posted at 10:25pm
Gerry, I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Please know that you're all in our thoughts and prayers.

Gary Jones

Posted at 08:30pm
Dan & Family, So sorry to hear of your loss with our prayers.
Gary & Amy Jones

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