Gene Smith was the best Dad, Husband, Uncle, and Friend anyone could have ever wanted. He would give the literal shirt off his back to anyone who needed his help. He has done so many selfless acts throughout his life, lending his hand to friends in need, fundraising for causes close to his heart, and always being a shoulder to lean on. He was a rock for my Mom and I.
Dad was a jokester too. If I needed a smile, I knew I could always go to my Dad. He always had a funny story (always told with enthusiasm), a magic trick, a one-liner, or a funny face ready to go. He LOVED to make people happy. He was a wise-ass and he was PROUD of that.
Recently, my Dad decided he was going to take a risk and follow the dream of being his own boss. He and my Mom opened a small furniture store in Akron, and were just starting the adventure of small business ownership. Dad was always a go-getter, and I know I get my determination from him. I am so proud that he was a risk taking, a leap before you look, go after it with your entire soul kind of guy. He did nothing small.
Sadly, due to the change in career, Dad lost his life insurance. We never expected to lose him so suddenly, and my Mom and I will require a tremendous amount of help to get through this. In addition to emotional need; the funeral, hospital bills, and other hardships are a very daunting pressure right now. We are heartbroken at the loss of my Dad and so sad we have to ask our friends and family for help at this time. We greatly appreciate everyone who has been there for us so far and thank everyone in advance for anything you can do for us. This will be a very hard life without him, but we will rely on the memory of his strength to rise up and keep us going.
Ashley Hart Griffith (Smith) & Sally Smith
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