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Obituary - Wesley H. Smith

Wesley H. Smith

Date of Passing: September 18th, 2014

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Wesley H. Smith, 78, of Clinton, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014, at his home, with loved ones by his side. He was born November 7, 1935, in Utica, the son of the late Dorothy Smith. He was a graduate of UFA and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. Wesley owned Smith Packing Company in Utica. Under his leadership he grew the business from a local meat manufacturer and distributor into a global enterprise. He valued the hundreds of employees, customers, and partners that helped Smith Packing Company flourish over decades, and counted many colleagues as close friends. He enjoyed summers and winters in Old Forge, loved listening to classical music and opera and had an adventurous spirit that took him around the globe. But, he most appreciated time spent sharing great meals and laughter with family and friends. As an active and philanthropic member of the community, Wesley supported many associations. Donating time and resources, he held leadership positions in the Masons, the Jewish Community Center, the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), and Adirondack Bank. The Old Forge Arts Center (View), the Women's Fund, and many other local causes benefited from his patronage. He is survived by three children, Eric Smith and his wife Rachel of New Hartford, Robin Hutchinson and her husband Peter of Denver, CO and Michele Fee Smith and her husband Michael Fee of Boston, MA; and seven grandchildren, Lindsey and Jordan Smith, Jonah, Lilly and Quinn Hutchinson and Natasha and Alexi Fee. He is also survived by his loving companion and partner, Diane Wolfe of Clinton; her children, Nancy Huckaby and her husband Eric of Clinton, Deborah Wolfe and her husband Philip Raible and Andrea Wolfe and her husband Kirk Lipsey, all of Brooklyn, NY; and her grandchildren, Max and Beny Huckaby, Emma Raible and Edie and Jack Lipsey. Wesley, a treasured partner, father, grandfather and friend will be deeply missed. The funeral will be Sunday at 12 noon at Temple Beth El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica with Rabbi Ronald Kopelman and Canter Kalman Socolof officiating. A calling hour will be held from 10:45 am-11:45 am, prior to the service at Temple. Interment will be in Temple Beth Cemetery, Whitesboro. Shiva will be observed from 3:30-6:30 pm on Sunday thru Tuesday at their home, 3581 Harding Road, Clinton. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., Utica/New Hartford.

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Our deepest sympathy to the Smith family and Diane. We always enjoyed and appreciated Wesley's visits to Saltsman's. He will be missed. Sincerely, Jim & Tammie (dba Saltsman's Hotel)
Jim & Tammie Subik

My condolences to the entire Smith family. Wesley was a kind gentleman and will be greatly missed.
David Carello

We are so sad to hear of Wes's passing. We send our love and condolences to all of you. Love, Robin & David, Max and Annie Marcus
Robin Marcus

My condolences to all of his family and to everyone at Smith Packing.
Samantha Etter

A great man has passed on from body to spirit. We have done business for many years, he always preferred the word partners,and tha really how it was. He never turned down a worthy cause. Wesley though, hid his light under a bushel basket. Our condolences to his extended family. Bill CHANATRY
William Chanatry

Dear Eric & Family, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I consider your father and you good friends of mine for all you have done for me. Once again, I extend my deepest sympathy and am very sorry for your loss.
Mike Rabice

Dear Diane and family..... We are all so very sorry to hear that Wesley passed away this week. There are so many memories that we all share from our youth. I have very deep feelings of affection for you all, as I am sure Mom and Karen share as well. Sending you all our deepest condolences. All our love, Ellen, Karen and Nikki
Ellen Friedlander

My heartfelt sympathy and empathy goes out to the family of Mr. Wesley Smith. I had the privilege of knowing Wesley for over 45 years. His business is located across the street from my church and we would see each other almost daily. He was a kind, caring and generous man and will be greatly missed. May God keep his family and heal fill the void that has been left by his passing.
Rev. J.L. Griffin

My deepest sympathy to the Smith Family for the lost of this great matriarch. Wesley was a mentor to many both inside the family and outside in the business world. I had the pleasure of knowing and doing business with Wesley for close to 28 years and had a great appreciation for his principals and ethics. In many ways he was a big reminder of my own family and the way he guided and conducted his life. He will be missed greatly, but he has left Smith Packing in what I think is great hands. R.I.P.
Peter A. Kalman

Wesley May you rest in peace Kathy and Ed
Edward Telling

Our sincere heartfelt sympathy is with the family during this difficult time of Wesley's passing! He was a true friend to us and Admiral Travel! We valued his friendship and respected him highly. May God's peace and love rest with the family. We will miss him!
Hassan & Shirley Ramadan