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Anita and Silvia Smart

Bill Smart

August 17, 1926 - December 05, 2020

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Bill Smart. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. As we plan virtual and in person gatherings, we will share details here. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

OBITUARY
When our dad chose to go onto hospice in late October of 2020, this is what he shared: "It feels like I'm preparing to go on a trip. Sometimes I look up at the sky at night and though I can't see well, I can still see a few...  see more
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  • Patty Hess
    I was fortunate to have met Bill some 30 years ago while in Cincinnati making the motion picture, A Rage In Harlem which starred Forest Whitaker and Gregory Hines. Besides being an enormous help to me and the production, Bill and Diane became very dear...  more
  • Kim Wheeler
    The conversations were always enlightening and entertaining with Uncle Bill whether discussing art, politics or travel.
  • Kim Wheeler
    Uncle Bill with my dad Sam. He said they were more like brothers than cousins. There were always good stories about growing up, days on the farm or in town.
  • Kim Wheeler
    We were so fortunate to have Uncle Bill in our life. From visits in New Haven and Rye, when we were all so young, to our children visiting on Sanibel and in Fort Lauderdale, Uncle Bill was there in happy times and sad. His optimistic attitude was and...  more
  • CK Lee
    Bill once said:
    1) The Best things in Life: Are the People you love; the Places you have been; and the Memories you have made along the way; Treasure All of Them!
    2) People may have forgotten what you have said, or did; But they will never forget how you...  more
  • CK Lee
    A Man Who Live and Love Life to the Fullest! He taught us so!
    and I Thank Him for sharing (with us) all the life learning opportunities!
    👊 👏 😌 ☝ 👌 🙏 👋 ✌ 😇
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Mark Goolsby:

    I remember the first time I met Bill when Lauren and I were getting married and Bill was in his mid-seventies. I was pleasantly surprised and quite taken aback that a man of Bills age was so charismatic and well informed and engaged...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Bob Garrison:

    I have lots of memories of Mr. Bill, maybe because I'm the chef in the family, and not a vegetarian. I remember one time Williams and I had a surprise for him. We took him to the Amish Farmers Market in Laurel, Maryland. I know how...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Charlene Williams Garrison:

    Mr. Bill is probably the the most optimistic, kindest person I know. His ability to keep his sense of humor and float on top of the heavy stuff has been instructive and inspiring.

    I will always remember a hot summer...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Nancy Johns:

    Thanks for this opportunity to publicly thank Paul William (Bill) Smart for the two greatest gifts of my life: our daughters, Anita Smart and Silvia Smart.

    After our divorce, we were able to parent Anita and Silvia together and...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Stephen Sunderwirth:

    My relation with Bill goes back at least 55 years, when we knew each other in Brazil. In fact, I first knew him as Paul. He was intimately involved in my family’s choice to live in RYE, NY when we moved back to the States....  more
  • Betsy Robards
  • Betsy Robards
    Uncle Bill loved his entire family. He will be deeply missed. Love Betsy
  • Randy Starr
    Bill Smart served The Church By The Sea with all of his heart. There are so many examples of his service I could list but I will focus on just these three.
    First, in 2010 our Pastor decided to take a call to another church and a pastor search began. The...  more
  • Lauren Williams
    Lauren Williams added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
  • Lauren Williams
    “Bill had an amazing zest for life, a sense of adventure and a genuine interest in other people. This is beautifully illustrated in the trip Bill, mom, Silvia and I took to Ireland and Scotland in 2014. Bill loved exploring County Cork where his family...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    X-ray of Bill's hand, minus the nail portion of the thumb
    • Anita and Silvia Smart
      Anita and Silvia Smart When visiting Silvia and Jeff in Portland, Bill slipped on a throw rug. When he grabbed for support, his thumb hit the doorknob tab, and it sliced off the nail segment of his thumb. When Jeff ran upstairs to see what had happened, Bill was sitting on...  more
      • January 2, 2021
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    Pedicures for Jeff & Bill!
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    OMG classic.
    • Anita and Silvia Smart
      Anita and Silvia Smart We posted this photo because it is Classic Bill Smart. On the phone, of course-- and always! Maybe with you...!
      • January 2, 2021
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    Bill braving the rain for a Henry game
    • Anita and Silvia Smart
      Anita and Silvia Smart Always up for any adventure, including braving inclement weather to watch his grandson Henry play soccer!
      • January 2, 2021
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    Bill with Haines Point maps
    • Anita and Silvia Smart
      Anita and Silvia Smart Walking to a well-lit location with the Haines Point map to shoot the graphic of Haines Point for the video- poem that was instrumental in helping him promote his dream of having a ferry from his home to Haines Point. (Video is in the video section)
      • January 2, 2021
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    Bill & his two wives
    • Anita and Silvia Smart
      Anita and Silvia Smart We posted this one because dad thought that capturing this moment was hilarious. Neither Nancy nor Diane were quite as entertained as he was by this photo-op!
      • January 2, 2021
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Erica Smart Cheney:
    He was always there for mom and us kids and it meant the world to me.
    I love all of you so much!
  • Thom Brown
  • Thom Brown
    Post 5 last pictures.... Another wonderful piece done by Bill ! National Printing Industry Award & Best of Show
  • Thom Brown
    Post 4 Pictures Wonderful Bill talent. The last picture in our Ft Lauderdale home is not the best, but it's a treasure!
  • Thom Brown
    Post 3 Pictures
  • Thom Brown
    Post 2 Pictures
  • Thom Brown
    I met Bill and Diane through my uncle, C Dudley Brown. Bill and Dudley met at University of Cincinnati. To quote one word Dudley would've used for Bill, "WOW"! Bill and Dudley lived life to the fullest and both loved architecture and design....  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Chris Reny:
    I loved Bill's adventurousness and sly smile, his laugh, and his love of God in ALL things.

    Bill was always encouraging to me and challenging me to keep loving this congregation. He loved Church By The Sea. He loved being an Elder....  more
  • Kathy and Richard Baxter
    From Kathy and Dick Baxter:

    We have known Bill since the mid 1990s as neighbors in Washington, DC. We recall fondly the many dinners we enjoyed with both Bill and Diane, sharing travel and adventure stories over meatless dinners and many glasses of...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Anita Smart:
    My father was a Leo who was loved by so many people that I’m overriding my usual reticence to share personal information in such a public forum.

    Despite the pandemic, I was able to travel from Mexico to Florida, quarantined, tested...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Greg Smart:
    Uncle Bill was a central influence in my life, particularly after my family moved from Omaha to New Haven in 1965. Shortly thereafter, some fondest memories begin with a visit to McGraw Hill Publishers in NYC, where he gave me a $50....  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Gina Greene:
    My deepest condolences go out to each and every one of you. Bill was my friend and I am honored to have met him. He was always so very kind and in good spirits. He will be truly missed. Sending my love to all.
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Henry Durham:
    A sad day for me. Rejoicing Bill's release and a life so well lived
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Gerry and Linda Bates:
    It is with deepest sympathy that we express our condolences on the transition of Bill Smart. Bill was our friend of 30 years. We last visited with Dianne and Bill at our 50th wedding Anniversary in Cincinnati. Often we would...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Junie and Stu Carlile:

    Expressing sympathy is always difficult, and our warmest thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family.

    Bill was a kind, generous, thoughtful and quiet person. He was hospitable, and was the type of person...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Marichanh & Jeannie Phanhthourath:
    I met Bill over 30 years ago through The Sigma Chi Fraternity, when I was a student at the University of Cincinnati. While I was struggling through school and trying to make ends meet, Bill would take me under his...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Wendy Zeigler:
    The extraordinary Bill Smart was always so bright and cheerful! I got to know him better, after his lifelong best friend, my dad, John Zeigler, passed in 2012.

    I had met Bill Smart and his girls, when I was about 9 years old, in...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Mattie R. Sharpless:
    I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear TST neighbor, Bill.  We enjoyed so much the time of the year that you all spent with us in DC.  I always appreciated Bill's advice and wisdom while I was serving as...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    From Veronica Shattuck:
    I have known Bill for over forty years, ever since he came to Cincinnati to work for the university and met Diane. We were all great friends and spent many good times together. Bill was a delightful man. Very generous of...  more
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    Haines Point on Bill Smart's 93rd Birthday
    Swinging with Henry
    Swinging with Emilia
    93rd Birthday
    On the Haines Point Shuttle Boat
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Bill and Diane Smart shared a lot of laughs over their 40 years together.
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    The summer Dad turned 93 he got very special visits from Emilia and Henry Smart-Denson, two of his beloved grandkids.
  • Anita and Silvia Smart
    Anita and Silvia Smart added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Bill Smart:
    Bill Smart Quote