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Edward C. Smith, former grain worker, bar owner

Aug. 4, 1938 – Jan. 28, 2015

Edward C. Smith of Angola died Wednesday in his home. He was 76.

A lifelong resident of Western New York, he resided in the Old First Ward and South Buffalo, where he attended Bishop Timon High School. He was owner of Smitty’s Tavern at 474 Abbott Road from 1972 to 1982.

A member of Grain Elevator Workers Union Local 1286, International Longshoremen’s Association, he spent 28 years on the Buffalo waterfront as a houseman. The grain came by boat, train or truck, where the houseman arranged transport of such grain to the flour mill.

He later worked as maintenance supervisor at Marine Drive Apartments for 18 years, where he was a friend to the many elderly residents, assisting in their smallest requests. He retired in 2006.

A videographer of the Old First Ward St. Patrick’s Day Parade, he was also a member of Gene McCarthy’s Social Athletic Club, Lake Shore Benevolent Association and an honorary member of the Boneheads softball club. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, birdwatching and was a horse racing enthusiast.

He and his wife, the former Barbara Shanks, would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Thomas and Patrick; three daughters, Diane Smith, Carolyn Concannon, and Kelly Derthick; two sisters, Marie Fitzgerald and Jean Hoier; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 450 Abbott Road.

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