Michael D. Smith

Michael D. “Smitty” Smith, 79, of Douglassville, formerly of Bradford, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2022, at Topton Nursing Home in Topton.

Born  August 28, 1942, in Akron OH, he was a son of the late Stanley “Dale” and Anna May (Kressler) Smith. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1961.

On July 3, 1965, at the First United Methodist Church, he married Ruth E. (Clyne) Smith who survives.

In his younger years, Mike managed a music store in Bradford. Shortly after his marriage, he joined the United States Air Force and served his country for 11 years. Mike was a Vietnam combat veteran and was incredibly proud to have served his country. He also was a member of the National Guard.

After the service Michael returned to his hometown of Bradford and began working with his father at Smith’s Watch and Clock Shop located on Mechanic Street. Mike apprenticed with his father and eventually earned the designation of a Master Watch and Clock builder. He continued to work with his father and mother at the Watch and Clock shop as a third generation apprenticed craftsman until his father’s death in 1997. He then took over the family business until he retired in 2015.

Michael was an avid boater and fisherman. His fish stories entertained but far outweighed the fish he actually caught at Willow Bay; he never gave up trying to catch that prized, monstrous walleye or muskie. He loved to ride his motorcycle and gave his time and talents to the Boy Scouts, area youth leagues, and his beloved his hometown of Bradford.

Mike was an energetic, involved, and loving grandfather to Bradley DeMild, Justin DeMild, Scott DeMild, and Alexander Smith. His “life is a party” attitude will be sorely missed. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Ruth (Dee) Smith, son Stanley Smith and daughter-in-law Adele (Viggiani) Smith of Harrisburg, and daughter Jennifer DeMild and son-in-law Brian DeMild of Douglassville, and his grandchildren.

Smitty was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 749, American Legion Post 108, and the VFW Post 212, all in Bradford.

Private funeral services will be held for family and invited guests on Friday, April 15, 2022, at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., with son-in-law Brian DeMild officiating. Michael will be buried with Full Military Honors to be accorded by the United States Air Force and the Honor Guard of the American Legion Post 108 of Bradford at Willow Dale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the donor's charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

I am so sorry to hear of uncle Mikes passing. I will always remember the fun times we all had at Midway Park. He will be missed.
— Jamie ceci

We are so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He sure was a awesome guy. Paul worked for Mike and Dale when they had the clock shop in Bradford. Always had a great sense of humor. He sure will be missed.
— Paul & Mary Schoolmaster

So sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a breath of fresh air for the Bradford area. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to all of you.
— Maria Hannahs

Thoughts & Prayers to Smitty''s Family. He was a great guy who will be missed by many. Honored to have had him as a friend all these years.
— Carl Milks

The Bradford Area Lions Club would like to offer our condolences for your loss! He was a wonderful guy! Your families are in our prayers!
— Cathy Dunn

Dee, Jen, Stan and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Smitty was a wonderful man with a heart of gold. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all.
— CARLA JOEANN SCHEIDEMANTLE

I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My love and condolences at this difficult time.
— Amy Mallison-Austin

Condolences

  • I am so sorry to hear of uncle Mikes passing. I will always remember the fun times we all had at Midway Park. He will be missed.

    — Jamie ceci
  • We are so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He sure was a awesome guy. Paul worked for Mike and Dale when they had the clock shop in Bradford. Always had a great sense of humor. He sure will be missed.

    — Paul & Mary Schoolmaster
  • So sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a breath of fresh air for the Bradford area. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to all of you.

    — Maria Hannahs
  • Thoughts & Prayers to Smitty''s Family. He was a great guy who will be missed by many. Honored to have had him as a friend all these years.

    — Carl Milks
  • The Bradford Area Lions Club would like to offer our condolences for your loss! He was a wonderful guy! Your families are in our prayers!

    — Cathy Dunn