Longtime West View councilman dies at 73
Bernard J. Smith Sr., longtime West View councilman and a member of the borough's Fire Police, died of cancer on Sunday, May 5, 2002, in Windsor Place. He was 73.
Mr. Smith served on borough council for 25 years, retiring in December. When cost-cutting measures by the North Hills School District threatened bus transportation for West View students in the 1970s, Mr. Smith fought to keep students from having to walk, family members said.
"If it was on his mind, he said it," his son, Paul Smith, said. "It was black and white. There was no gray."
As a member of the Fire Police, he wasn't a regular fireman but helped with traffic control during fires.
He helped found the Pittsburgh Catholic Football League and coached several championship teams during the 1950s and '60s.
Mr. Smith was born in Louisville, Ohio, the son of John and Mary Smith. The family moved to Pittsburgh during the Depression when Mr. Smith was about a year old.
He had been employed as a sales manager, which meant spending a lot of time on the road. "He shuffled his schedule and came to my baseball games or my brother's concerts," Paul Smith said. "He was family-oriented, but work-oriented, too. In 38 years, he never took a sick day."
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Pauline A. Bevan Smith; two sons, Bernard J. Smith Jr. of Avalon and Paul E. Smith of Coraopolis; two sisters, Margaretta Johnston of Lawrenceville and Veronica Nickel of Brighton Heights; and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Schellhaas Funeral Home Inc., 388 Center Ave., West View. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Athanasius Church, West View. Interment in North Side Catholic Cemetery.