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Tuesday August 11th, 2015

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Interment at: Woodlawn Cemetery

Woodlawn Cemetery
Tuesday August 11th, 2015

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Michael Edward Smith

Michael E. Smith, 62, passed away peacefully at Memorial Hospital on August 6th after a long illness. Michael was born on Nov. 28, 1952 to Norman C. and the late Mary Geier Smith, in Albany. He was a graduate of Christian Brother's Academy and attended the College of Saint Rose. He married Deborah Hughes on June 18, 1976, in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Maureen. They first resided in Medusa where ,as a new father, he served as Captain in the Volunteer Fire Department. Michael was happiest at his home on Warner's Lake, where he lived his summers as a child, and moved his family permanently in 1984. He enjoyed all aspects of lake life, snowmobiling and listening to music with family and friends. He was the father of Michael (Emily), Jennifer (Brandon), Christopher (Amanda) and Ryan (Nancy). He was the proud grandfather of Clay, Noah, Iain, Finn, Cooper, and Hannah (born August 5th). He is predeceased by his wife, Debbie, who passed away in 1989 . He retired from Royal Metal Products in Surprise, NY in 2009. The family would like to thank Anna and Karolyn for the wonderful care they provided Michael in the last year of his illness. He is survived by his sibling's; Patty Willsey, Richard Smith, and Lisa Cavanaugh; the Hughes family, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Monday August 10th at Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at Fredendall Funeral Home at 10 am with Internment to take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helderberg Ambulance . For online condolences, please visit FredendallFuneralHome.com


May I extend my deepest condolences to the entire Smith family. One of my dearest memories of Mike involve us--as parents to East Berne Little Leagers--sharing a breakfast of hotdogs and coffee at the boys' early morning Saturday games. Generous and good-natured, that is how I saw him. So sorry for your loss, kids. Rest in Peace, Michael.

Connie Filkins Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

May Michael's family and friends be comforted by God's promise to "swallow up death forever...and wipe away the tears from all faces" (Isaiah 25:8). Along with the promise of a time soon when 'no resident will say " I am sick" (Isaiah 33:24) "Remember the Resurrection hope for both righteous and unrighteous" (Acts 24:15) You may find more scriptural thoughts @ jw.org

Helen West Aug 17 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Mike. Our deepest sympathies to the family. Sincerely, Mitch and Jane

Mitch and Jane Snyder Aug 11 2015 12:00 AM

Teresa McCann Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Smith

Teresa McCann Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

Chris, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. May he rest in peace and God Bless you and your family.

Teresa McCann Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

To the Smith Family, Im so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to you.

Holly Pitcher Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. We will miss him. He was a great neighbor and friend. God bless and know that he is at peace now. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Diane and William Wells and sons Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

My condolences to Mike's family. Why do the good die young? The best times of my life were spent with Mike. Together with Guy and Robert we had so much fun. Mike knew every square inch of the Helderbergs, We tore around the mountains in Mike's Maverick stopping at every watering hole while listening to The Doors, The Guess Who, Three Dog Night..etc. Life was an adventure back then. So many memories...boating, skiing, snow mobiling, Knox Caves, skeet shooting, 4 wheel driving, climbing the Ranger Tower, and the famous hunting trip to the Adirondacks Randy set up. Then there was going to the drive-in theater, playing pool in Albany, Walt's Subs, Neba Roast Beef sandwiches, 99 cent Piels Light 6 packs, Genesee Cream Ale, Tango (Screwdriver mix) working on the new Smith house, Saber the German Shepard, pizza at Joe's, the Dodge Ram pick up, The Z-28, Sun's Tavern in Albany, O'Hanlon's, Lake Onterdonk, The Thompson's Lake Hotel (great dance music), Mike's great wife Debbie, laughing, and lastly me getting sick every time we went out drinking. I knew what was in store for me! Time went by, and we ended up going in different directions, but when I look back at my life, I'm grateful for my friendship with Mike for the good times we had together. R.I.P. Mike. God Bless.

Greg Fisher Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM


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