Michael Lee Smith
September 12, 1949 – January 16, 2021
Michael Lee Smith, age 71, of Auburn Hills, passed away on January 16, 2021. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on September 12, 1949, and grew up in Keego Harbor. Michael graduated from West Bloomfield High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had worked for General Motors and joined the Air National Guard. In 1975, Michael became a Volunteer Fire Fighter with the Auburn Hills Fire Department. He began his full-time career as a fire fighter in the City of Auburn Hills in 1989, and retired in 2003 as the city's fire marshall. In his free time, Michael could be found fishing for walleye and camping. His favorite place to spend time was Lake Margrethe in Grayling, and he has fond memories of his fishing trips there. Michael is survived by: his children Michael (Peter) Smith, Jr., Michelle Smith, Matthew (Cheryl) Smith, Sr., Melissa (Kevin) Lheureux; grandchildren Haley, Matthew, Jr. Nathan, Denis, and Sophia. Also survived by his brothers Glenn (Linda) Smith, Jeff (Late Donna) Smith, and Randy Smith. Preceded in death by his mother Violet and step-father Robert Allor, and his father Maynard Smith. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021, 4 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home, 3530 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery on January 28, 2021 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Auburn Hills Firefighters Helping Hands www.ahhelpinghands.org.
- Auburn Hills Helping Hands Association
Michael Lee Smith
January 24, 2021
To the entire family, Tom and I are so very sorry for your loss. On a personal note from me, Mike was a very good friend to me when I truly needed one. He took the role as a dad to me when I was going thru some personal problems and always told me the truth even when it hurt. He was compassionate and empathetic, sharing some of his life's stories like a dad would, always with love and kindness. I always looked forward to our "Coffee, get right with the Lord" talks. When I was working at the Legion, many were the mornings, before the club opened and I was there cleaning and setting up for the day, when I would hear the door chime and see Mike standing at the door. I'd take a break and he and I would sit down over a cup and talk. At first he was a member and customer but as the years passed, he became a friend. We shared many and I do mean many laughs and some tears too. But he was always someone whom I could count on. So, to the family, Thank You for sharing him with us all and know that he will always bring a heartfelt smile and a warm sensation in my heart. Godspeed my friend, till we all meet again <3
January 20, 2021
I was sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Mike was my neighbor and friend. He was personally responsible for getting me into the Fire Service and I will always be thankful for his support, guidance and friendship. He made an incredible difference in his community. The world was much better with him in it. All of his family are in my thoughts. Mike, your work on earth is completed, now may you rest in peace.
January 18, 2021
We wish we could be with all of you but circumstances won't allow at this time. Just remember all the good times with Mike and all the great fishing and camping adventures. Love you all and hope one day we can all get together and share our stories.
January 17, 2021
Mike would always tease me and tell me the story of the "three legged pig". Mike and Randy gave me a little three legged pig at one of our yearly trips to Ohio (I still have to this day).
I know how difficult it is to loose your father and words never make it easier. Remember, he will always be in your hearts, and live through your memories.