Clive Smith, 70 years of age, and a resident of LaGrange, passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Keystone Point in LaGrange.
He was born February 19, 1951, Gloucester, England. In 1951, his mom returned to England where Clive was born. A month and a half later he returned to the United States to meet his dad and the rest of the family aboard the SS America. Clive was the youngest passenger to that date to make the crossing aboard the SS America.
Clive worked at Ritters Sign in Amherst as well at the Lorain and Cleveland Steel Mills. He also worked for Bender Construction of Avon. He was a self employed auto body repairman. Clive loved all things cars. Whether it was repairing and restoring vehicles, or attending local car shows and races. His other hobbies included fishing, taking care of his dog Tilly whom he loved, and going to air shows. He was an excellent gardener. Most of all Clive loved being with family and friends and caring for those in need.
Survivors include his daughters; Kelly Cordova (Johnny) of Kentucky, and Ginger Damron (Roger) of Virginia; the mother of his children and close friend, Brenda Tony; his grandchildren, Heather (Aaron) Howard, Kristina (Andrew) Holzhauer, Joseph (Brittany) Chaffin, and Jerrica Wilson; his great grandchildren, Grace Birdell, Aaron Howard, Conner and Brayden Chaffin, Andrew, Bradley, and Cheyanne Holzhauer, and Alayah and, Mila; his siblings, Anthony (Ingrid) Smith, and Dawn A. (Joe) Dixon of Wellington; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence “Larry” Smith in 2008, and Sgt. Patrick Smith, Jr. in 1968 during Vietnam; and his parents, Patrick E., and Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (nee: Moss).
Friends may call Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of memorial services at 3:00 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Following the ceremony funeral services will be broadcasted at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home's website to share a memory and sign the guest register, www.hempelfuneralhome.com.