Edward William Smith
Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at the age of 84. Dear Father of Anne Marie Schweiss (Robert), David Patrick Smith (Thuy Renee), Stephen Michael Smith (Cate) and Thomas Andrew Smith (Melissa). Grandfather of Benjamin, Timothy, Emily, Cameron, John, Katie, Cooper, Riley, Reagan, McKinley and Olivia. Preceded in death by his wife Mary Beth and son Edward Jordan. Beloved son of the late Edward and Marie (Radka) Smith.
Born in Bloomington, IL, and raised in Brentwood, MO, he raised his family in Webster Groves, and moved to Kirkwood, MO in retirement. After downsizing, he moved to Laclede Groves in Webster Groves. He was a proud member of the United States Air Force and the Missouri Air National Guard and a graduate of Eugene Coyle High School in Kirkwood and St. Louis University and earned his CPA.
Ed’s father was a railroad employee and Ed grew up loving trains. He volunteered at the Museum of Transportation and loved meeting visitors from around the world when he gave tours. Everyone he met got to hear a story or a book review as he was a voracious reader. Ed loved the Missouri Athletic Club and was a member for almost 60 years. He was a member of the Apollos at the MAC and held several offices at the club throughout his life.
Ed enjoyed travel, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and live theater. He took many trips to New York City to see plays, was a volunteer at the Repertory Theater in Webster Groves, and a volunteer usher at the Fox Theater.
In retirement Ed took up some new hobbies – woodworking, stained glass and learning to play the Banjo.
Ed was known for his easy-going personality and was a friend to all.
Services: Visitation and funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 10 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 17 Joy Avenue (Lockwood & Joy) Webster Groves, MO 63119. Visitation at 10 a.m. with the Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Museum of Transportation at Donation – National Museum of Transportation (tnmot.org).
Linda Kopetti saysFebruary 9, 2023 at 2:31 am
We were so sorry to hear of Ed’s death. He was a good neighbor and so helpful and supportive whenever we needed to call upon him for his knowledge or professional help.
Anonymous saysFebruary 9, 2023 at 2:17 am
He was my accountant for many years, and always a kind and made working together, even on taxes, a pleasure. I always enjoyed hearing his enthusiasm for bluegrass and country music, and was not surprised to learn that he took up the banjo in retirement. David, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing to you all.
Katie Ortwerth saysFebruary 8, 2023 at 4:52 pm
David, Thuy, Cameron, we are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Smith was a happy and welcome face to frequently see across the street. He was a beloved dad and grandpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family during this difficult time. Much love, the Ortwerth’s