Thomas Guy Smith, 79, a lifelong Fremont businessman and resident, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Elmwood Assisted Living, only four days after his beloved wife's, Judi, passing next to him.
Tom was born in Fremont on December 5, 1942 to Ross, Sr and Betty (Tucker) Smith and graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1960. He married Judi D. Linder on April 10, 1965.
Anyone that knew him would agree that since Tom was young, he was energetic, motivated and was willing to and enjoyed working. In 1978, while working out of his barn, he started a crane rental company, Tom Smith Equipment. The business grew! He eventually moved the business to Hayes Avenue, renaming it Smith Crane Service, Inc. His love of operating cranes was handed down to his son Chris at an early age, who joined the business after graduating from college.
Tom retired in 2008 and could then be found reading the newspaper, mowing the lawn, or out to lunch with Judi at a local restaurant. On Saturdays in the fall, he'd be watching Michigan Football. He was a lifetime member of the Ohio Operating Engineers, and former member of the Sandusky County Fairboard, member of the Eagles and the Elks.
Tom is survived by his son, Christopher (Sharon); brothers, Scott and Jack (Connie) both of Lindsey, grandchildren, Maurene (Jarrad) Whited & Jared Fox; "adopted" children, Chick and Heather Kovaleski; sister-in-law, Marlene Smith and several nieces and nephews.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Judi; infant daughter, Toni; and brother, Ross Jr.
The family would like to thank the staff at Elmwood Assisted Living for all the love and support they have given Tom & Judi. They would also like to thank Brenda Foos from ProMedica Heartland Hospice for the comfort she gave Tom during his final days.
Visitation will take place on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 2-4&6-8P.M. at Herman-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Crematory, 900 North Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420
Additional visitation will take place on at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 until the time of services 11:00 A.M. Certified Celebrant Susann Robitski Zimmerman will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to ProMedica Heartland Hospice.