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Jerry “Smitty” D. Smith

November 23, 1953 - January 12, 2015
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Burr Funeral Home
116 South Street
Chardon, Ohio 44024
440-285-2182 | Map
Friday 1/16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Burr Funeral Home
116 South Street
Chardon, Ohio 44024
440-285-2182 | Map
Friday 1/16, 8:00 pm

Jerry D. “Smitty” SMITH  age 61, of Fairport Harbor passed away Jan. 12, 2015 at Tri-point Medical Center in Concord. Born Nov. 23, 1953 in Painesville to James and Martha (nee: Hainley) Smith, he had been a lifelong Chardon area resident. Jerry worked construction with DRS Enterprises in Cleveland but while living in Florida heContinue Reading

Carolyn Lookabill left a message on January 19, 2015:
It took me the weekend to be able to write this. I have struggled to find meaning in the recent passing of high school classmate Jerry Smith. I get the "Why do bad things happen to good people?" question. The real answer is "Why Not?" Illness is random. It is not a punishment because we are bad. It just is. I was trying to see the positive....if there was one in this last year of Jerry's challenges and struggles with his cancer diagnosis. We all thought that he was doing well just a month ago. He never whimpered or gave in. I think that when he knew that Jackie would be ok and that his friends would be ok, he was ready. In the end, from the fundraiser last summer to the last weeks in the hospital and the services on Friday night, I heard so so many stories of love and friendship. Yes, of course there were funny stories about Jerry and the crazy things that he did over the years. But the stories that I heard of friends and family from near and far who stayed in touch this last year, countless people who made meals, Tim Daly (who I do not know) who brought Jerry his last great burger at the hospital, angels like Holly Hummel Janovic who quietly did anything possible, to the childhood friends who sat at the bedside every day during those final weeks just to be there, the guys who put on a new roof at the house, the people who took Jerry to the various appointments, the people who called to check in.... those were stories of love. Giving whatever they could in that moment. I spoke with Terri Farinacci Bosma at the hospital and tried to comfort her by saying that "To everything there is a season" as the Bible tells us. Later, I thought how lame that was.....To everything there is a season most certainly but this season was out of order. Most of our classmates just turned 60 this past year. That is the season of laughing about our gray hair and wrinkles, contemplating where we want to retire, spending more time on the golf course or with the grandkids.....not the season of dying. That is the next season. Our friend Jerry got cheated out of a season. So so many people at the services on Friday night. I knew a bunch of them and we all said hello and spoke of Jerry as we could with the long lines. I was struck by how many people I did not know. I realized that while we did not all know one another, it was Jerry who knew us all. He was the common thread and at that moment, we were all connected through him. The positive that I can take from Jerry's life and in his death is that he brought out our best. In the good times, we had our moments of fun... Jerry always had a smile for us, a funny story, even a hug. And probably some stories that can not be told here. HA HA. But even in the end, he brought out our best. The beautiful music from Mark Haas that was pure love of friend. I know that there were those over the holidays who made a little extra effort to stay in touch with one another because of Jerry, checking in to see how he was doing. I certainly received a number of emails and calls. I will never take a friendship for granted. When we see one another, it truly may be for the last time. We don't know what can happen in the blink of an eye. I am grateful for each moment and for each person who is in my life. That is a gift that Jerry reminded me of. I am a believer so I know that Jerry is not gone....he was simply a little ahead of his time and he is just a few steps ahead of me on the journey. I will see him again. So for me, it was not goodbye, just "See you later". And Thank you for every smile and hug. Now I will be sure to have a smile and a hug for others in return. My favorite movie is "The Wizard of Oz." The Tin Man wanted a heart and the Wizard told him...."A Heart is not judged by how much you love...but by how much YOU are loved by others" Jerry Smith was loved.
Billie Coates Erickson left a message on January 17, 2015:
God Bless Jerry. I will always remember you with your genuine smile and kind heart. RIP. Blessings to your daughter and family,
Kelley Herman left a message on January 16, 2015:
You were a wonderful man and a friend to my parents. I remember countless good times while growing up knowing you. Rest in Peace Smitty Love, Kelley Ogle-Herman
Teri Carroll Nemeth left a message on January 16, 2015:
Smitty- You will be missed by everyone! Your smile and chuckle will always be fondly remembered. It was a gift to grow up with you and what fun we all had! Jim, Sam and Beth, Jerry and Linda, Jan...such good memories! Walking the right of way over to your place on Bass Lake. I am truly sorry for such a loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jim - your brother always held a very special place in my heart. Teri Carroll
Alessondra, Brandon, & Emmie left a message on January 15, 2015:
Truly a Nice Guy.. We first met Jerry at Ms. Connie's house in Munson. He was a very good man and a wonderful father to his daughter Jacqueline. He would always make my son (Brandon) and I laugh. I haven't spoken to him in about 5 yrs. and am deeply sadden and shocked to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jacqueline and the rest of his family. May God Bless You Always .... Alessondra,Brandon, & Emmie
Alessondra, Brandon, & Emmie left a message on January 15, 2015:
Truly A Nice Guy
Penny Lewis Williams left a message on January 15, 2015:
I remember when Smitty & Jim came to Florida for my wedding, his feet got so burnt, bright red & he still laughed about it even when he was trying to walk.I'll always remember that laugh & smile. You my friend will truly be missed.R.I.P.
Christine (Cseplo) Stenzel left a message on January 15, 2015:
I never saw Jerry--not once(!) when he didn't have a smile on his face--It waa a pleasure to know him, when I moved to Chardon in 1969 +throughout our high school years together at CHS!
Steve and Nanette Wilson left a message on January 14, 2015:
Dear Family: Smitty always had a smile on his face and was happy to see everyone. Will miss his dry sense of humor! Rest in peace friend.
Jonathon sefcik left a message on January 14, 2015:
Well Smitty, looks like you went back home. I'm glad I got to see you this past summer. You were so optimistic. I will forever cherish the days working with you. You were an amazing person. You will be missed by many. Peace, my friend!
Alan McManus left a message on January 14, 2015:
Everyone loved Jerry.
Beth Denly-Jones left a message on January 14, 2015:
I never had so much fun Golfing with one club, Thank you Smitty for the good times. May you find your Paradise!!!
Alma Calabrese left a message on January 13, 2015:
I was blessed to know you and you always had a smile for everyone. RIP Smitty.....
Joleigh left a message on January 13, 2015:
Really glad to have grown up knowing you! Had lots of fun with you and Rita at the cabin on big creek. You will be missed! Love ya
Grant Melocik left a message on January 13, 2015:
My deepest condolences to the family. I will always remember Jerry as part of our fun group of boys riding our bikes down to the Bass Lake beach to swim most every day all summer long. May we always remember him in similar happy times.
Don Navatsyk left a message on January 13, 2015:
Dear Smith family (Jim) - so sorry to hear about Jerry. Been praying for him. Will be out of town so can't attend service. Hilltoppers forever. God bless. Life is short - pray hard!
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