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William F. Smith

Smith—William F., 89, Richland, died October 20, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center. Born February 26, 1929, in Johnstown, son of the late Roy L. and Ellen E. Smith. Preceded in death by wife of over 60 years, Irene Smith, and step-father, Harold Schrock. William served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He worked for 9 ½ years at Bethlehem Steel Co. and 26 years for the Johnstown Police Department. He was sworn in as the head of 86 police officers during the 1977 Johnstown Flood. He retired at the end of 1981 and then worked for 20 years at the Cambria County Sheriff’s Department. He and his wife moved to the Allegheny Lutheran Home on Goucher Street where she passed away in 2013. At William’s request, there will be no viewing, visitation or funeral service. Interment, Richland Cemetery’s Soldier’s Circle beside his loving wife until the Lord returns and he will to straighten out this Earth for the second time. Amen. The family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.


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A few days have gone by since your passing and I wanted to pay my respects in some way. You came into our lives by chance some may say, but everything happens for a reason. We had the honor of riding with you and enjoying your company and we always picked up our conversation as if we spent everyday seeing each other. You always told others I, Tammy, was your 'Angel', but now you are mine. Although, we are saddened of losing a dear friend and fellow rider, we know you are still riding along beside us. We smile knowing you are near and with your dear wife again. Until we meet again.... Hugs and Prayers

Tammy and Rick McPherson Oct 24 2018 12:00 AM

I lost a long-time friend on Saturday. We were both Johnstown Police Officers during the 70's. He was one of the old guard who had been a veteran of WWII and Korea while I was a young rookie cop fresh out of the Viet-Nam experience. I learned a lot from him and the rest of the senior members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau that served me well as the years passed. We lost touch after he retired in 1981 and I retired in 1983 and moved to Arizona but we reconnected about six years ago and we kept in touch by phone as best we could. He stayed active by riding his Scorpion three-wheeled trike all over PA, Md, etc. even while in his 80's which made me admire him even more. We often re-hashed old cases and had theories about the cases we knew that were still unsolved. The passing of his long-time wife, Irene was very difficult for him but our best conversation came just a year or so ago when he told me he had been reading the Bible and had become a real believer in its truth and had accepted Jesus as his savior! In our last conversation two or three weeks ago he sounded tired and told me he was ready to meet the Lord and would allow no more medical assistance. I knew it would probably be our last conversation and as it came to an end, I told him I loved him! I was not shocked when I learned today from another retired friend and officer that William F. Smith, also known as "Smitty" had passed on 10-20-18. I shall dearly miss our conversations but will catch up when we see each other again. Rest in Peace my friend!

Dave Romesburg-Sgt (Retired) Oct 22 2018 12:00 AM

I had the honor of sponsoring Bill's membership in the Johnstown Harley Owners Group (HOG) chapter. While I haven't known him for more than a few years, I will certainly miss "Spider Bill" at chapter rides and other activities, as will the other HOG members he rode with. He was at all times a true gentleman: caring, considerate, and Christian.

Dave Ulerich Oct 21 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Smith

Ron and Sharon Oct 21 2018 12:00 AM

Prayers being sent to the family and friends of Bill. RIP dear friend. So glad we got to ride with you, the Harley group of Johnstown will miss you and all your great stories. Lovingly send by Phil and Shirley Moyer.

Phil Moyer Oct 21 2018 12:00 AM

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