December 18, 1940 – September 27, 2019
Costa Smirles 1940 - 2019
Lewiston - Costa Smirles of Greene, Maine and Sun City West, Arizona passed away at the age of 78 on Thursday, September 26th, 2019. He was born in Dover, New Hampshire on December 18th, 1940. Costa graduated from Somersworth High School and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Lowell Tech. He dedicated his life to his children, Kimberly and David, and teaching chemistry and mathematics at Winthrop High School for 37 years. Costa had a passion for all things creative. He spent his summers tending to his many, colorful flower gardens, and his winters creating wonders from wood, metal, and glass. He is survived by his children, Kimberly Eretzian-Schnauber Smirles and David Costa Smirles; his soulmate, Geri Ikola; his son-in-law, Tom Schnauber; his daughter-in-law, Kendra Levasseur Smirles; his grandchildren, Makena Lee, Emerson June, and Delaney Jae Smirles; his step-grandchildren, Johannes, Anneke, and Matthias Schnauber; his nieces, Linda Tibbetts, Tara Eretzian, and Karly Eretzian; and his cousins, Vicki Drakopoulis and Kay Lussier. He was the kindest and most caring man who looked after everyone and always maintained a positive outlook on life. We are all better for having known and loved him. At Mr. Smirles request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please, make a donation in Costa’s name to the Dempsey Center in Maine, an organization that helps people manage the impact of cancer. Online condolences at www.thefortingroupauburn.com A service of The Fortin Group Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home 217 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine 04210 207 783-8545
- Mr. Smirles requested no services
Bette J. Swett-Thibeault
October 7, 2019
Dear Family Smirles:
I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing, working with, and enjoying the intelligence, wit, and kindness of Costa. I was the Director of Adult Education in two school districts, CSD 10 and SAD 52. I hired Costa to teach Driver Education, which he did with dignity, excellent skills, and care for his students. I was always pleased to run into him and to hear of his family, flowers, and life adventures. May you have many memories to draw on as you move into a new era of your family. Many blessings to all of you. Most sincerely, Bette Swett-Thibeault
October 7, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Smirles was my teacher at WHS. He always had a smile on his face and had a wonderful way with students. He was a great teacher and made chemistry fun!
October 6, 2019
We were very sad to read of your Dad's death-we have many fond memories of his years at Winthrop High as do our three sons who all had him as a teacher-May your memories ease the pain of your loss- Carlo and Jackie Kempton
October 2, 2019
i will miss him a lot. i am so said for him to be gone.