Raymond J. Smith
8 March, 1927 – 9 October, 2021
Raymond J. Smith of Westlake, OH, age 94, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 9th. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Jeanne Killen Smith and is survived by daughters Kristine Gordon (David), Virginia Baldi (Douglas), Paula Aveni (Anthony), Trina Gigax (Bruce); grandchildren Gregory Hill (Andrea), Jeremy Baldi (Anna), Matthew Baldi, Kira Gordon and Brendan Gordon; great grandchildren Madison, Kayleigh and Bryce Hill, London and Jensen Baldi, and Greyson Baldi; and his sister Elizabeth Hartzell.
Ray's career as an engineer in broadcast television fed a lifelong curiosity of all things mechanical and a hobby as a talented woodworker. A gifted writer, he was infamous in the family for his dozens of letters to the editor. His fondness for malted milk balls dated back many, many decades. Ray and Jeanne enjoyed traveling to Europe and developed a special love for Spain, which influenced their lives in numerous ways. Ray was a Navy Veteran and proudly served our county during WWII. A private family memorial is planned for later this month.