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Charles Joseph Smith Jr.

August 2, 1957 — March 13, 2024

Girard

Charles J. Smith, Jr., of Girard, passed away March 13, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in
Youngstown, after a battle with cancer. Chuck was born August 2, 1957, to Charles J. Smith and
Mary Ann (McCay) Smith.

Chuck took great pride in his work and was well-respected by his many colleagues over the
years at Easco Aluminum in Girard, Comfort Line in Toledo, Aurora Plastics in Aurora, and most
recently, Mor-X Plastics in Youngstown. He donated his time to Kiwanis Club in Medina,
alongside his beloved sister Barb, and valued charity of every kind. Until the end of his life, he
worried about giving to others rather than prioritizing himself. Chuck was forever a class clown
who loved to make people laugh; he did a mean Ernest T. Bass impression and talked over
anyone who tried to get a word in edgewise. Wherever Chuck was, Bonanza reruns played on
the TV, potato soup simmered on the stove, and there were piles of Circus Peanuts or
Whoppers and scratch-off tickets nearby. Chuck was a naturally gifted storyteller (and
embellisher!) who loved ghost towns, westerns, and relics from the past. His favorite pastimes
were golfing--especially with his son Todd, bowling, and yelling at the TV while watching
Cleveland sports.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Lindsey (Ben) Forche, of Blissfield,
Michigan; Todd (Caitlin Angle) Smith, of Black Mountain, North Carolina; and Dana Smith of
Rocky River, Ohio; grandchildren Reese and Declan Forche; brothers Keith and Michael Smith
of Girard; and many colleagues and friends who he loved like family. Besides his parents, he is
preceded in death by his sister, Barbara, his second wife, Jean, and his treasured dog, Lady.

The immediate family will have a private memorial for Chuck at a later date. In honor of Chuck’s
love of charity, the family suggests any memorial contributions be made to a charity of their
choice in honor of Chuck. As he loved to be the star of any party, his children encourage his
friends and family to throw celebrations to remember Chuck, who would love nothing more
than to be front and center in the memories of those who loved him.


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