Gregory Smith

Obituary of Gregory A. Smith

Gregory A. Smith

Joined his wife Peggy on August 9, 2021, a peaceful passing for a kind and gentle man who brought joy to many people in his 102 years. He is survived by his four children: Marsha Smith, Eileen (Malur) Balaji, Ben (Alyson Austin) Smith, Mary M. (William) Stubler; nine grandchildren: Nick Balaji, Mimi (Dan) Yonkin, Natalie Balaji, Amelia (Brad) Parker, Pete Balaji, Bill Stubler, Julie (Mike) Pacini, Teresa (Dan) Conway, Carley Smith; and nine great-grandchildren.

Greg was born May 9, 1919 in Jamestown NY and the family moved to Rochester in 1959.  He served in the Pacific Theater in WWII from 1941-1945, and love of country was a hallmark of his life. Greg was a skilled craftsman: a printer with both D&C and Times Union, furniture maker for his family and for the VOA, expert gardener. He enjoyed playing harmonica, golfing, bicycling, and made the greatest hamburgers for family picnics.  He and his wife traveled throughout the US, Ireland, England, France.

The family is grateful to Greg’s caregivers for their compassionate friendship and skilled assistance, and to the Veterans’ Administration for its support and assistance in his final years. Funeral liturgy will be 1:00PM, Friday August 13 at St John of Rochester Parish in Fairport. In honor of our Dad: please say a kind word, share a smile, give to someone in need. We are grateful for the years we had with him. We shall not see his like again.