Michael E. Smedes

Funeral Information

Home: Kingston, NY
Date of Death: March 03, 2012
Place of Birth: Kingston, NY
Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Age: 64
Funeral Service: Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:30 AM Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., Kingston, NY
Visitation: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 3 - 7 pm at Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., Kingston, NY
Interment: St. Mary´s Cemetery, Kingston, NY

Biography



Michael E. Smedes, 64, of Kingston, died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Ferncliff Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Mike was a graduate of KHS, class of 1966 and had attended UCCC, he was a veteran of the US Air Force having served during the Viet Nam War from 1967 - 1970. He had worked for IBM in Poughkeepsie, the City of Kingston and then NYS Department of Corrections until his retirement. In his younger days he moonlighted as a bartender at Handlebar and Cheers.

Mike played varsity football and baseball at KHS and played on the American Legion Post # 150 Baseball team. For many years he played softball, playing with the traveling team Mastro's Construction and local city league teams Madden's Pub, Cheers and Riccardi's. He also played in the city touch football league for Maddens's Pub, Triangle and Anaconda Sports.

He was a member of Kingston American Legion Post # 150, was an active volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, had been a member of Kingston Kiwanis and enjoyed acting in the Kapers, and coached at the Kingston American Little League and Babe Ruth League.

Mike loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, cook, travel, and go to the beach. It was said when you met Mike, you liked him, when you got to know him, you loved him.

He was born August 24, 1947 in Kingston, the son of the late Vincent J. and Diletta A. Smedes and was the beloved husband of Jane Wilber Smedes, they wed on June 15, 1991.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his loving family, his children Amanda J Smedes, Samantha Forlani and her husband Willis, Stephanie Allred and her husband Brad and Gary R. Short and his wife Danielle, his brother; Vincent G. Smedes and his wife Judy, father in law, Clarence Wilber; brother and sister in law William and Teresa Wilber, grandchildren, Amalia, Nathan, Andrew, Michael, Joshua, Dylan, Kendyl and Cameron, dear cousin John Longendyke, he is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Entrusted to the care of Eric Keyser, Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston. The family will receive their friends on Wednesday from 3 - 7 pm. The service will be at Keyser's on Thursday at 11:30 am. Father Frank Damis, officiating.

Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors provided by Joyce Schirick Post # 1386 VFW.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Boys & Girls Club of Kingston, 139 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401 or American Cancer Society, 121 Executive Drive, New Windsor, 12553


Candles

Ron & Barbara Thomas 2012-03-04 01:01:39
Our hearts are broken, but we are happy that Mike has found peace. What a great friend Mike was - we will truly miss him! Much love to the family.
amy ciccone 2012-03-04 14:03:13
my dear friend michael, you were a wonderful man, person, and friend. thank you so much for the support you gave to me and my daughters during nat's illness and death. Your legend will live on forever with your family and I will be there for them as you were for me. Your family is very strong and will live on for you. love, thoughts and prayers to jane, amanda, and your entire family. love, amy ciccone
Bob & Dee Sills 2012-03-04 21:20:05
Our live will forever be blessed by having known and loved Michael. His suffering is finally over, but his memory and laughter will live forever in our hearts. Our love to his family.
Sue & George Barnes 2012-03-04 22:45:08
Rest in peace Mike..thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the family..gone too soon..but finally at peace. You are probably playing a softball game up there. With love, Sue and Juice
Karen Locke Kauk 2012-03-04 23:14:02
Very fond High Sschool memories...your family is blessed to have had you in their lives as well as all the young people you coached...now you can coach forever, for you are a blessed being... gone is the pain and now you are full of great Love and JOY! Cheers! Mike
Bonnie & Ed Szpulecki 2012-03-05 00:07:28
Our sincere condolences to Jane and family. We will always remember Mike the way he looks in this picture. Always joking, always smiling. Thanks for the memories. Your struggle is over. May you rest in peace. Love, Bonnie & Ed
Heather and Matt Rosenthal 2012-03-05 00:11:11
To the family of Mike Smedes: Both Heather and I share nice memories of Mike and want you to know that Mike and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss him. Sincerely, Heather and Matt
Ellen 2012-03-05 00:54:25
Gonna miss you my dear friend. I know you're at peace and aren't suffering anymore. You and your Uncle Paulie, enjoy that scotch. To Jane and family, you are in my thoughts.
Gary Van Etten 2012-03-05 03:25:09
Mike as you look down upon us all I want to apologize for not getting in touch with you. Ellen told me you weren't doing well and I never followed up. To your wife and family I send my sincere condolences! I've known you since we were young kids...and you know long ago that was!! My lasting memory of you will be from our reunion 5 years ago. We were reliving our LL all star game and you reminded me that your neck was still sore from seeing the home run(s) go flying over your head!! LOL. God Bless you Mike!!!
JD and Anita (Carter) Davis 2012-03-05 03:59:53
Mike was a fun, loving, life-of-the-party kind of guy. I enjoyed his many visits to my mom's porch with his uncle Paulie for "happy hour!" He fought a long, hard battle and we feel comfort in knowing he is resting in peace with his family and his Uncle Paulie...who loved him like his own sons. We will miss him. God bless Jane Amanda, and family.
Amanda Smedes 2012-03-05 05:43:27
“There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” -Johnny Depp I love you more than words could ever express Daddy. I miss you so much already and I know that feeling will only grow as time passes. You have touched so many lives that your memory could never die, I will make sure of it. You will forever be present in my mind and in my heart. No one will ever replace you. I love you more <3
Eric & Melanie Costello 2012-03-05 14:14:46
Janie, Amanda & family, we are so sorry you have lost the love of your life and your dad. Our hearts are heavy for yours. We know he was suffering, but that doesn't make his leaving you any easier. We will continue to pray for your healing and for your hearts. We love you all.
Terry Laibach 2012-03-05 17:07:56
Mike was the first neighbor I met when I moved next door 4 years ago. I was struggling with getting the couch in the front door. He pulled in from work, immediately walked over and said "Do you need a hand?" while he lifted up one end of the couch and got it in through the door and into the living room. Then he said "Hi, I'm Mike, welcome to the neighborhood." I thanked him and said I owed him a beer. The pitchers of margaritas and glasses of red wine flowed pretty freely with Mike and Jane over the course of the next 3 years! Such good friends as well as neighbors. I just wish I'd known Mike longer . . . I will miss him forever.
Lisa Dennison Swift 2012-03-05 19:14:32
Im so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family at this very sad and difficult time. xo
Cathy Spada 2012-03-05 20:41:18
My deepest condolences to Jane and the family. Mike will forever watch over you.
Jean sherwig 2012-03-05 21:46:17
Mercifully Gary is at peace now, his suffering is over. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you Jane, and the rest of your family.
Liza Carpino Salvemini 2012-03-05 23:35:10
So sorry Jane and Family about your terrible loss, I remember Mike as a wonderful caring Man. Jane it has been such a long time since we have seen each other, I wish I could make it to the services but I have my own health issues to deal with. Please know that my thoughts are with you and I hope that you will gather strength from the loved ones that surround you. Email me when you can, my love to you and all the strength I can send you with my prayers.
Dan and Barbara Sass 2012-03-06 00:34:47
To the Smedes family, Our deepest sympathy to all at this sad time. Mike will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Pat Haber Short 2012-03-06 01:11:30
Rest in Peace, my old friend. The miles prevented us from seeing each other often, but the visits every few years made up for lost time. Nobody could tell stories like you, and I'll cherish the memories. Keep watch over Jane and your family, and maybe "Mother Superior" and "Crooked Leg" too. Thank you for being my friend for so many years.
Jo Ann 2012-03-06 12:17:33
RIP Michael, my prayers to the Family, so sorry for your loss.
Patty and Joe Deegan 2012-03-06 13:40:43
Samantha and Stephanie and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Victor and Alison Tobar (Thomas) 2012-03-06 16:51:44
We will miss you so much Mikey Smedes!!! Another great guy gone too soon. At least your suffering is no more. You were one of my fav's.!! Memories of you will always be close to our hearts!
Jessika Smedes 2012-03-06 18:09:36
Being 5 years old and watching in amazement as Uncle Mike ate the biggest jalapeño we could pick out...for some reason, that memory always stuck with me! But I will always remember his great sense of humor and kind heart.
Betsy Wood 2012-03-07 01:22:34
My thoughts and prayers to the Smedes and Wilber Families- Lasting Friendships are tough to come by and are eternal--Love Betsy Wood and Family
Anne & Frank Cardinale 2012-03-07 01:41:30
Please know that your family will always be in our heart and we will be there for them whenever a need arises. Peace always be with you; we will miss you.
Lisa Ciccone 2012-03-07 03:37:29
Mike was like a second father to me. I love you with all of my heart. My heart aches for my best friend Amanda and her family. I will miss him dearly but he is in a better place now. I am always here for you guys and you know that. I love you all so much and forever.
liz jen amanda and Cheryl 2012-03-07 08:38:27
From the CNAs from evening shift. Micheal you touch the hearts of many people that took care of you while you were with us. You are a wonderful man. We are all grateful to share a piece of the love that you have for people. You aren't just a patient to us. You are a part of our family . You will miss and never forgotten. We love you. It was a pleasure to me you and your family. Jane we love you too. Hang in there you are in our prayers.
Cindi Jerkowski 2012-03-07 16:46:49
Dear Jane and Family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I pray that your happy memories and the love and support of family and friends will bring some measure of peace and comfort at this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Arlene and Larry Bruck 2012-03-07 17:42:36
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family that your treasured memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time. Arlene and Larry
Teresa Sangiovanni 2012-03-07 21:30:07
Oh Mike. No one knows why. I know that we were friends from the time I moved to Harding Ave. in 1962. You teased me unmercifully! But you and Millie and Vince were my second family. You brought joy and laughter wherever you went. My love to your family. I know Jane and your children will miss you. We will all miss you Mike. Rest in peace my dear, dear friend.
Mike Turck 2012-03-07 21:50:16
Jane and Family; Very sorry to hear of Mike's death. Our deepest regrets. Mike Turck and Priscilla Clausi
Patti Longendyke 2012-03-08 13:31:53
Everyone has at least one story about Mike that makes them smile when they think about it. His memory will live on through those smiles. My sincere condolences to all.