LONG BEACH On April 27, 2013, 34-year resident of Long Beach, Chester Smitty Smith, 98, passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side at the most caring and most compassionate home, Circle of Life.
He was born on Sept. 6, 1914, on a farm in Cuba, Kan., the youngest of four boys. At a very early age, he was grabbed by the entrepreneurial spirit. A young man of the Depression he rode the rails and followed his dreams out West to California. He kept his eyes wide open for the next venture, the next opportunity, thinking of the next encounter. Independent, hard working, strong-willed with great survival instincts, he created successful businesses, the last being proprietor of a recreation center in Sacramento. He loved the sea and retired to Long Beach.
Smitty was a truly one-of-a-kind beloved father, grandfather and friend. He took great joy weaving captivating stories of the places and characters he met during his life and times. He was a traveling man throughout this great nation, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland and more who possessed a repertory of stories that could keep anyone entertained for hours. He loved to golf, bowl, dance and fish and he loved a great historical read. A true natural at telling the funniest of jokes, he would always bring big smiles and bigger laughs to those in this company.
He is survived by his daughter, Carole (Bill) Henry; his son, Frank Smith; grandchildren, Michelle (Dave) and Eric; and his great-grandchildren; Jordan, Carson, Adam and Kayden. A son, Richard, preceded him in death. Respecting his wishes, no services will be held. Contributions in his memory may be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society or Sea Resources.
He is forever in the hearts of his family and friends, with vivid memories of happy times spent together.