Edward C. Smith “Smitty”, 86, of Tiffin, passed away Monday morning, October 19, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 28, 1934 in Tiffin, Ohio to Milton and Rosemary (Bender) Smith.
Survivors include his son, James Smith (Janet) of Puerto Rico; daughter, Kelly Densmore (Jeff) of Castro Valley, CA; son, Andrew Smith (Natalie) of Bonsall, CA and his loving partner of 21 years Gerry Opp; her children, Thomas (Tina) Opp of Dayton, Heather (Paul) Whitaker & Jayson Opp of Tiffin. He was a proud grandfather to 9 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, 5 great children and 2 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven Smith (Michelle) of Marblehead, OH; and brother, William “Bill” Smith (Bernadette) of Tiffin, OH.
Edward graduated in 1953 from Tiffin Columbian High School. During high school, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserves where he served from 1950-1956. He was very proud of his service. From 1956-1977, he worked at Coppus Motors and purchased Smitty’s Marathon on the corner of Jefferson St and Market St. He ran the Marathon Gas Station along with Greyhound Bus Station until 1977. In 1977, he moved to Naples, FL and was Vice President of the In-Direct Loans at Barnett Bank. In 2004, he retired and moved back to his home town of Tiffin, OH.
Always generous with his time, Ed was active in Kiwanis from 1970 until 2015. He was a former President and four time Ruby K holder. In addition, he was a Kiwanis Hixon Award recipient for his generous donation to the Children’s Fund. Continuing on with service to the community, he was President of the Shrines Club, President of the Tiffin Boy Rangers and served on the Salvation Army board for numerous years.
His graveside services will be Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Greenlawn Cemetery with Military Honors being conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tiffin Kiwanis Club or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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