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Andrew N. Smith, retired Buffalo funeral director

June 1, 1928 – March 3, 2014

Andrew Nolan Smith, a retired Buffalo funeral director, died Monday in his Williamsville home after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and attended Canisius College.

He served for two years in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany.

After graduating from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, Mr. Smith joined his father in the Andrew C. Smith Funeral Home on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo and took over the business after his father died in 1962.

He sold the funeral home to Dengler Funeral Homes in 1989 and continued working with Dengler as a funeral director until about 10 years ago.

He was a longtime member of the Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association and a past president of the North Park Lions Club, the Nativity Home School Association and the Holy Name Society at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Mr. Smith was an active volunteer at Sacred Heart Academy and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, where he was chairman of the annual fund drive.

He also was a member of Kenmore Council 3076, Knights of Columbus, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

A resident of Clarence before moving to Williamsville in 1998, he was an avid traveler who enjoyed cruises and vacationing in Muskoka, Ont. He maintained a winter home in Florida from 1998 to 2012.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Jacqueline L. Ryan; three sons, Andrew C., Kenneth J. and Patrick V.; five daughters, Patricia L., Jennifer A. Hogan, Sally J. Mitchell, Mary M. and Brigid C. Dzialga; a sister, Jean C. Banigan; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence.

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