Obituary of Gregory Smith
On Friday, March 13, 2015, Gregory Smith Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his seven children.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, and rosary will be at 7 p.m. at Callaghan’s Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., Livermore. A funeral mass will be said at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at St. Michael’s Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore.
Gregory Michael Smith was born on Sept. 29, 1918 to Edward and Christine Smith in San Francisco, one of five children. He grew up roaming the hills of the East Bay after moving there for his mother’s health. As a youth, he would caddy at golf courses throughout the Bay Area, his favorite being the old Castlewood Country Club.
He met the love of his life, Eileen Mew, in 1937 and they married within months. Through their long lives together, their hometowns included Oakland, San Lorenzo, San Ramon, Grass Valley and Livermore. He served his country during World War II and the Korean War in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Naval Transport Service.
He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for many years on the Belt Line in Alameda until he joined the Oakland Fire Department in 1946. Being a fireman was one of his proudest accomplishments. He retired from the OFD in 1968.
Since he was mechanically inclined, he was often found wrenching on autos in the driveway of the old 15 Engine firehouse in downtown Oakland. With a growing family, he always had a second job as a mechanic for Anderson Brothers in San Lorenzo and then AAA Equipment in Oakland.
He and Eileen traveled the world, including trips to Russia, Mexico, Australia, Japan and the family homesteads in Ireland and England. He continued to travel after his beloved Eileen passed away in 1996.
He prided himself on always having a well-producing vegetable garden, supplying family and friends with wonderful choices. For many years, he even provided grapes to Nevada City Winery.
Greg’s main focus was always on his family.
He leaves behind his sister, Mary Kaufman, and his seven children: Gregory Smith Jr. (Roberta), Brian Smith Sr. (Janice), Elaine Davis (Guy), Patricia Buti (Wayne), Sheila Geldermann, Bernadette Revak (Stuart), and Kathleen Bartels (Michael). His descendants include 27 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren, 64 in all, including five named after him.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Eileen, his parents, his brothers William and Harold, and his sister Teresa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Michael’s, 458 Maple St., Livermore, CA 94550.
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