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Active dad thrived on civic involvement

Jason Cato
| Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Edward Smith resided in Turtle Creek, and later Monroeville, but he was rarely home unless he was sleeping.

“He was a character. He was always doing something,” said son, Charles “Chuck” Smith of Mt. Lebanon. “He would always say, ‘You never come see me.' I'd say, ‘Pop, you're never home.' ”

Mr. Smith was active with church and community organizations, including the Lions Club of Monroe-ville and countless Masonic lodges.

Edward J. Smith died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. He was 95.

A son of the late Charles S. and Sara Smith, he graduated from Mc-Keesport High School in 1938. Mr. Smith earned degrees from Douglas Business College in McKeesport as well as Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, both of which he remained connected to as a lifetime member of the alumni chapters.

Mr. Smith worked for 40 years with Westinghouse Electric, retiring in 1982 as a buyer.

Retirement never slowed him down, his son said.

His father often said, “As soon as I stop, I'm going to die,” Chuck Smith said.

Raised in a Methodist family, Mr. Smith belonged to several congregations over the years, including the past several decades as a member of Monroeville United Methodist Church.

For nearly 50 years, he was active with the Monroeville Lions Club. He was president, treasurer, secretary, zone chairman and cabinet member. He received the club's Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

Mr. Smith belonged to the Monroe-ville Senior Center, the Monroeville Historical Society, the Monroeville Arts Council and was a social member of the Monroeville No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Smith was a third-generation Mason, following in the steps of his grandfather and father. He became active in the organization in 1946.

Though he primarily belonged to the Duquesne-McKeesport and Aliquippa lodges, Mr. Smith belonged to nearly 20 related chapters and groups.

“He loved to join lodges,” Chuck Smith said. “He just went to all of them all the time.”

When his first wife, June Witherspoon Smith, died in 1984, Mr. Smith married Frances Cerve-Flook Smith, who lives in Monroeville.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Smith is survived by a son, David J. Smith of Richmond, Mo., and daughter, Ruth Smith of Friedens; stepchildren, William Flook of Lilburn, Ga., and Carolyn Rings of Murrysville; 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Jobe Funeral Home, Monroeville/Plum Chapel. Eastern Star services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. On Thursday, a Monroeville Lions service will be conducted at 3 p.m., followed by Masonic services at 6 p.m.

A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Monroeville United Methodist Church. Private burial will be at Jefferson Memorial.

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or jcato@tribweb.com.

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