Thomas S. Smith Sr. 1936-2018

MINERAL RIDGE — Thomas S. Smith Sr., 82, of Mineral Ridge, passed away at 4:52 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Thomas was born at home Sept. 26, 1936, in Mineral Ridge, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Ellen Hammell Smith Sr.

He was a 1954 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School. Mr. Smith retired in 1992 after 37 years of employment at Copperweld Steel. His reason for retirement was to babysit and spend time with his grandchildren.

Earlier in life, Tom loved playing basketball, first on his Wednesday night league at the former Washington Middle School in Niles, and then moving the game to his house, where Tom’s friends and sons would play all hours of the day. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and took pleasure in holding the family record for the largest buck.

He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Mary Ann Price Smith, whom he married May 14, 1960, and they spent 58 wonderful years of marriage together; three precious sons, who will carry on the “big buck” family tradition, Thomas “Steve” Smith Jr. of Centerburg, Tim Smith of Mineral Ridge and Jeffrey (Cindy) Smith of Warren ; a sister, Mary Hake of Mineral Ridge; two brothers, Doug Smith of Orwell and George Smith of Mineral Ridge; and four grandchildren, Jenna, Caitlin, Jacklynn and Nathaniel.

Thomas also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Smith; and a brother, Joseph Smith Jr.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 614 Warren Ave., Niles, Ohio 44446 with the Rev. Richard Murphy of St. Mary Church in Mineral Ridge officiating. Calling hours will be two hours prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences by visiting www.NicholasFuneralHome.com

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