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Leslie S. Smith, retired mechanical engineer

May 4, 1922 – July 30, 2016

Leslie Stephen Smith, a retired mechanical engineer, died Saturday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 94.

Born in Ansonia, Conn., he came to Buffalo with his family as a teenager. After serving in the Army, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in business administration from UB.

A licensed professional engineer, Mr. Smith worked at DuPont, was a senior engineer at the Linde Division of Union Carbide and a manager for gas transmission at Praxair. He retired in 1985.

A summer resident of Pleasant Beach in Port Colborne, Ont., he was a board member and past president of the Pleasant Beach Association. In the 1970s, he volunteered his services to design and engineer a complete new water system for the community. In appreciation, residents named the community’s water pumping station in his honor.

He was a member of St. Amelia’s Catholic Church and a charter member of its Holy Name Society. He was devoted to the Miraculous Medal Novena and rosary. He was a summer parishioner at St. George’s Catholic Church in Crystal Beach, Ont.

His wife, the former Kathleen Clare Bogan, died in 2012.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathleen M., Patricia M. Williams and Judith M. Aungst; four sons, Stephen L., Francis X., Vincent R. and Brendan D.; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Amelia’s Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

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