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Obituaries

  • Service planned for Monday, July 6.

    Service planned for Monday, July 6.

Monte I. Smith, 67

July 2, 2015

Service planned for Monday, July 6.

Ser­vice planned for Mon­day, July 6.

Monte I. Smith, 67, of Engle­wood, Fla., passed away Thurs­day, July 2, 2015. His fam­ily was by his side. He was com­fort­able, happy, and sur­rounded by love.

Monte was born to Samp­son and Dorothy Smith on May 5, 1948, in New York City. After the untimely pass­ing of his mother, he was lov­ingly raised from infancy by Sam’s sec­ond wife, Rose.

He moved to Jack­man, Maine, in 1970. Jack­man is where he met his now ex-wife Gail, where they got mar­ried, and where they had their two sons, Paul and Der­rick. In 1982, they moved to Florida, and Engle­wood became home for good.

As a career real estate bro­ker, he pre­vi­ously owned Pru­den­tial New Hori­zons Realty, aswell as Engle­wood Mar­tial Arts. He loved sports, espe­cially base­ball. A diehard Yan­kee fan, he loved to share child­hood sto­ries about the old sta­dium, and was always up for chat­ting about yesterday’s high­lights. He loved fish­ing, and many of his clos­est friends have come from his time on the pier dur­ing snook sea­son. A self-proclaimed Dead Head, his love for music never wavered. From being at Wood­stock, to shows at the Fill­more East, he saw all the greats like Hen­drix, Dylan, Clap­ton, and Jef­fer­son Airplane.

Sur­vivors include sons, Paul, 38, and Der­rick, 35 (Der­rick and his wife, Fer­nanda, are par­ents to Monte’s grand­chil­dren, Zoë and Nolan, who he absolutely adored); his ex-wife and best friends, Gail and her hus­band, Bruce; his father, Sam Smith; sis­ter Michele (Bob); brother David (Leslie); and brother Michael.

Cel­e­brate the life of Monte Smith on Mon­day, July 6, at the Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral Home, 3070 S McCall Road. The fam­ily will receive friends from 1 p.m. until ser­vice time at 2 p.m. The fam­ily would love for this to be a non-formal cel­e­bra­tion filled with love and mem­o­ries, so please dress casu­ally. Jeans and flip-flops would be his style.

Cards or con­do­lences can be mailed to Gail Her­ing 4801 Brick­ell Drive, North Port, FL 34286, or you may share your thoughts and mem­o­ries at www.englewoodfh.com.