Jerry Smith, age 69 of Mamaroneck, sadly on June 28, 2009. He was born July 24, 1939 in Yonkers, NY to James and Catherine (Kate Mahoney) Smith. Jerry graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School and was a great athlete, loving all sports from a very young age.
Jerry married Cathee Santore on October 11, 1957. The family moved to Mamaroneck in 1965 where Jerry worked as a butcher at Fava’s Market for many years before buying his business, Central Avenue Taxi in Yonkers, which he owned and operated for 35 years. He happily retired in 2004. Jerry was an incredible joke teller, who loved to make everyone laugh! He was the co-originator of St. Vito’s CYO Basketball team, a great accordion player (his favorite tune was Malaguena) and an amazing movie and trivia buff with a broad base of knowledge that he was more than willing to share. He always loved a good time with his family and friends. His hero was Mickey Mantle and Jerry’s greatest passions were the Yankees and the Giants. Jerry was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who cherished his family and always put them first. He lived life on his own terms and on a daily basis showed endless bravery and courage. His humor and unyielding resolve is a testament that you can live on within the hearts that you touch and we know that he will. We will all miss his presence very much. Jerry was truly the wind beneath his family’s wings.
Survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Cathee, his two daughters, Michele D’Alois (a.k.a. Mickey) and Cathee Smith-Fave (a.k.a. Buttons) his son in law John Fava and his brother Jim Smith (wife Rosemary) He was the proud papa of four grandchildren Melissa, Jason, Christopher and Amberlee, and three great grandchildren, Brenden, Logan and Kaitlyn.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1 at the Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home, 767 E. Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck, NY.Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Thursday, July 2 at St. Vito’s R.C. Church, Mamaroneck, NY. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Church of St. Vito, 816 Underhill Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543.