William Francis Smith




Born: July 15 1934
Death: May 29, 2011

SMITH Devoted husband father and grandfather William Francis Smith passed away peacefully with his family at his side in Grand Rapids Michigan on May 29 2011. Bill was born on July 15 1934 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Frank and Jennie Smith. Bill assisted his strong mother in raising his two younger sisters Cel and Cass after his father passed away when Bill was 9. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business. As a senior Bill played in the NCAA Basketball Final Four tournament as a Temple Owl. While attending college Bill met and married the love of his life Eileen Mary Knapp. Together they devoted their lives to their family. Bill worked hard to support his family while his career in sales and management progressed fruitfully and included several relocations for the family. After twelve years in Philadelphia the family made a one-year stop in Hartford Connecticut before settling in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for nine years. After launching their two oldest children to college the family made one final relocation to Grand Rapids Michigan where they have lived the last 33 years. Shortly after arriving in Grand Rapids Bill left the corporate world and bought a plumbing wholesale supply compan

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