Obituary of Donald Paul Smith
Donald P. Smith, age 70, of Rome, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2022, at the Syracuse VA Medical Center.
Don was born in Rome on May 22, 1952 to the late Russell Sr. and Marie Civitelli Smith, and educated in RFA. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Marine Corps and Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1976. On May 20, 2000, he was united in marriage to the former Clarissa Burke. Don worked at Orion Bus Industries where he was a quality control inspector, and also Crist Motors in Camden.
Don was an avid sports fan and especially like the NY Giants and Yankees. He loved dirt racing, cars, NASCAR, traveling, cooking, and grilling. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren whom he adored.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Clarissa; his daughters, Melissa "Missy" (Ernest DelMonico) Smith of Rome, and April (Jake) Spink of Camden; his son, Jimmy Smith of Rome; step-son, Christopher Burke; his five grandchildren, Lucas, Layden, Giovanni, Isabella, and Noah; his sisters, Barbara (Lloyd) Drake of Rome, and Patricia (Edward) Kienowski of Orlando, FL; his brother, Russell (Michaela) Smith Jr. of New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews, including his special nieces, Shannon and Sherry Drake.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Syracuse VA Medical Center for their care and compassion shown to Don and his family during his time there.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM, at St. Peter's Church. Burial with military honors will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street, on Monday from 4 to 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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