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August 14, 1934 - April 19, 2021

U.S. Veteran


Frank Andrew Smith

The family of Frank A. Smith announces with profound sadness his death on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 11:11pm. He was 86 years of age and resided in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Frank was born 1934 in Lima, Ohio to Frank A. Smith and Catherine E. Fallon. The family relocated to Indianapolis, IN, but his Father suffered an untimely death in 1948, and the family relocated again to Albany, NY in 1950. He was a graduate of Vincentian High School in Albany, where he was honored as All Albany and All County as a Center and Middle Linebacker in Football. Ultimately, he was inducted into the Albany High School Hall of Fame. This led him to Syracuse University in 1952, where he continued his football career. He transferred to the University of Buffalo in 1954 to complete his college career. It was in Buffalo he met, and later married, Dolores Russ, from Forestville, NY in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, NY. They were married for 61 wonderful and adventurous years.

He is preceded in death by his Father in 1948, and his Mother in 1990 in Orlando, Fl. He ls survived by his loving wife Dolores (Dee); his son, Jeff, and Jeff’s daughter Stella Kate from Puerto Rico; plus, three daughters: Tracy and her spouse Carl Harrison; Mavis Harnden married to Chuck, and their daughter Lucy on Merritt Island, FL; and Jennifer Steel married to Gary in Cape Canaveral, FL. He is also survived by his sister Katherine Helena Mainelli married to Michael of Brentwood, TN; and brother Alfred Smith married to Ruth Stewart of Rochester, NY.

Frank was an inspiration to all ages: He was a Husband, a Father, a Grandfather, a Brother, an Uncle, a Friend, a confidant, a storyteller, a joke teller, and a philosopher. His influences spread far and wide. He leaves behind beloved nieces and nephews: Margaret Smith Rutledge and daughter Meaghan, Michael Mainelli, Katherine Mainelli, Mavourneen Mainelli, Micaela Mainelli, Kelly Mainelli, and Molly Mainelli. He attended and loved the family reunions in recent years.

Frank’s career after College began in New York City where he worked for NBC Television. In 1966, he and Dee moved to Ft Lauderdale, FL, working as a Lifeguard for their Beach Patrol. In 1973 he moved his family to Cape Canaveral to serve as an EMT Medic for Pan American Airlines at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Kennedy Space Center. This provided Frank and his family with travel opportunities around the world: he took his wife to the pyramids of Giza, in Cairo, Egypt, and dined with the locals on the Nile; visited St. Peters Basilica and the Vatican in Rome, Italy; attended the Festival of the Sea in Zurich, and explored cities such as Munich and Gamisch in Bavaria, and enjoyed the view from the top of Zugspitz mountain in the German Alps; and rendezvoused with his wife in Paris, enjoyed London; made it to Hong Kong and Tokyo for their new year’s celebration; explored the beaches and volcanos of Hawaii, met up with his children in Sydney, Australia, and then traveled to New Zealand, and on his global trip with his wife visited Singapore and saw the Blue Mosque and Palace of Istanbul, Turkey, participated in The Carnival celebration in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, weekended in Argentina, and climbed Machu Pichu in Peru; and finally partied in the Caribbean islands, and lived for a time on the islands of Bimini and St. Croix. He retired by the sea and beaches that he and his family so loved.

On the beaches of Cape Canaveral Frank settled in and challenged himself physically as a long-distance runner. Frank ran 44 miles on his 44th birthday, and his photograph while running made the local newspaper. He transitioned to long-distance swimming as he grew older. Frank routinely swam 2 miles a day in the ocean at the height of his swimming career. Residents of his beach community recognized him as “The Swimmer” and his favorite local columnist wrote about him. He was quick witted and loved to laugh. He was introspective and philosophical. He was a voracious reader and had an article or story to share with just about everyone he came across. He was caring, loving, and protective of his family, and children in general. He was well a father figure to many and made a lasting impression.

Frank, sometimes known as “Bub” or “Smitty”, carved out a remarkable life, was dedicated to and adored his wife and children, and gifted us with his unforgettable personality. He will be remembered fondly and will be sorely missed and loved forever. We are so thankful he chose us to be a part of his life.

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