Rose Hill Funeral Home & Burial Park

3653 W Market St, Akron, OH


Brian T Smith

October 15, 1982February 27, 2020
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Brian Thomas Smith passed away on February 27th, 2020 after a long battle with addiction. Brian was born in Akron, Ohio on October 15th, 1982.

Brian is survived by his father Patrick Smith and his mother and Step-father Deborah and Mark Shorter; brother Michael Smith; step-sister Dawn Wymer; half-sisters Meghan and Anna Shorter; nephews Trenton, Mason and Daulton and niece Mazie. Brian was a good friend and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need when he could. With the encouragement of his recovery coaches at CBCF, Brian had attended Tri-C with the desire to become a much needed mental health advocate in the legal system. Brian will be passionately missed by his family and his many close friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Restore Addiction Recovery at www.restoreaddictionrecovery.com (click Donate button on the top right of the web page).

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 4th from 5:00-7:00 PM with the Funeral Service following at 7:00 PM at the Rose Hill Funeral Home 3653 W Market St. Akron, OH 44333. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.rosehillbp.com


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 4, 2020


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Tammy McLean

March 29, 2020

You dont know me.....but I came across this while searching for someone else. Not sure why but i felt compelled to watch the video of memories of your son Brian. What a beautiful boy he was and you could see kindness in his eyes. You have a beautiful family and its clear how much you loved him. I just wanted to let you know how touched i am reading his obituary. I lost a niece to suicide and a sister to cancer. I can tell you if you look for signs he will let you know hes ok. Sounds crazy but its happened to me. Thank you for sharing your story. Youve touched a heart in Canada. Peace to your family.

Nancy Utlak

March 5, 2020

To Debbie and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My heart breaks for you and your family. I am sorry that I have not met you, but I can understand some of your pain. My son is Jason He loves Brian so much. I cannot begin to say I feel the pain of your loss but I understand the pain and fear that you have been through. The worry and sleepless nights. Debbie and family, you all have and will be in my prayers.
Debbie. Mom to mom I am here and will be willing to lend a ear or a shoulder anytime. You have my email or call Jake for my number. God Bless you

Tonya Krites

March 4, 2020

I have always loved b and have loved that we had lots of fun with him and my boys you will be missed where there are no words that can explain and joey said to me that mom did you know that b had died and i said yes hunny and he said i grew up with him thats sad we love u b

Evan Daiber

March 3, 2020

Brian was the most loyal guy I knew. He was too good for this world! The amount of stories I have to tell about this guy is tremendous. Despite his own battles, he kept his heart and that is rare. He will truly be missed.

Lynette Brown

March 2, 2020

Dearest Debbie and family:
You are so incredibly brave and have done a possibly life-saving service to others by being frank about the cause of Brian's death. It is a selfless and courageous act. May our society finally get past the stigma of what is a real illness like cancer or diabetes. While I never met Brian, he must have been a remarkable human being. He was your son. I am holding your heart up with mine, Debbie and your entire family.

Linda Sedita

March 1, 2020

My son, Nick, and Brian have been friends for years. I fondly remember Brian coming to Ada, Ohio to help Nick move into his apartment before the start of Nick’s first semester at Northwestern University. It was a second floor apartment and Brian carried the heavier things up the steps like he was an athlete. His presence and kindness were so appreciated! May he Rest In Peace.

Elisa Lalli

March 1, 2020

Deepest condolences to Debbie, Mark and all family . So many lovely memories he has been in; Brian will be dearly missed. He was always looking out for family and friends. We will hold dear memories of playing music and hanging out.
His aim was true; Rest in peace, Brian 💐

Donna Marcello

March 1, 2020

Dawn Shorter-Wyler please forgive me for neglecting to list your name on my memorial. I would never mean to forget you. Love you Dawn.

Donna Marcello

March 1, 2020

God be looking out for this beautiful man!! With all of his struggles he has remained true to who he is and his morals. A life taken too soon but our memories of his smile and hugs will get us through. Love you Deb, Mark,Mike, Meghan and Anna. I’m here when you need me!

Gregory Slabaugh

February 29, 2020

I remember riding my bike to your house and building Legos in the basement while we listened to Weird Al Yankovic cds. I remember staying the night at your house and playing video games. I also remember yall treating me like I was family. I'm gonna miss ya brother. I hope you're at peace now. I love ya and until we meet again my friend. R.I.P