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OBITUARY

Bradley Winston Smith

April 11, 1954July 17, 2020
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Bradley “Brad” W. Smith, 66, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 17, 2020 surrounded by those he called “his whole world”: his loving wife, Patricia (Hurrle) Smith, his daughters, Meredith Fredrickson, Frances Smith, and Eleanor Smith, and his son-in-law Sean Fredrickson.

Brad was a lifelong Hoosier, attending IPS 84, Broad Ripple High School (Go Rockets!), DePauw and Indiana Universities.

Bruce (Trish) and Brian (Carla) Smith remember Brad as a funny and cool older brother who shared his love of racing and music with them. His mother, Mabel Smith, believes that Brad “got it done.” His daughters will remember him as a father who instilled empathy, humor, loyalty, and love of life. Grandchildren Erin Grace, Michael Bradley and Samuel Kenneth Fredrickson will remember their “Poppi” loved them dearly and was their absolute biggest fan. He enjoyed every moment with “his buddies.” As a friend, Brad was a friend for life. His extended family has memories from many themed parties, which included Brad as “Carnac the Magnificent” and host of “Club Smitty” for his 26 nieces and nephews. Patty will remember her husband “Smitty” providing spoken and unspoken love and trust throughout their 40 years of marriage.

Brad is leaving a legacy of his love of music through his guitar playing, singing, and songwriting. He will also be remembered through the houses he built and remodeled alongside his father, Gregory Lee Smith (deceased), during their 35 years working together at Greg Smith Associates. One client shared, “my family will always cherish this home that we have that has so much of Brad in it.”

Brad had a smile that lit up a room. He had a way of making anyone he encountered, whether meeting for the first time or a lifelong friend, feel that they were loved and valued. The connections he made with people was clear given the vast amount of cards, gifts and well wishes he and Patty received this past year.

A private funeral for the family will take place on Saturday, July 25th at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church. You can view the live stream via the St. Pius X Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/spxparishindy. You can also visit Leppert Mortuary to view funeral mass program, photos and share memories at www.leppertmortuary.com or https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/Leppert-Mortuary-Nora-Chapel/fh-14558?affiliateId=2839.

A celebration of life will be celebrated in the spring when restrictions have been lifted. If you would like to be added to the list and be included in information, please email bradsmithcelebration@gmail.com and include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

Donations can be made to the St. Pius X for the Brad Smith Arts Fund. Please make checks payable to St. Pius X and write “Brad Smith Arts Fund” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to 6701 N. Oakland Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220.

Services

No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Memories

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Rick Fox

August 6, 2020

Brad and his dad were much more than just builders to me they were family. We worked together and played together. We took many fishing trips and had countless memories together. Their both gone now but only for a while, I plan to see them both soon somewhere on the other side.

Emily & Jesse Hanks

July 25, 2020

I have such fond memories of Thanksgivings spent at Spring Mill with Brad and Patty and their girls, as well as Aunt Mabel and Uncle Greg. Brad was such a kind man and I remember being huddled in one of the rooms singing while he played guitar! All our love to the family. Our hearts are with you - praying for you as you grieve and celebrate his wonderful life. - Jesse, Emily, Reid, and Rylan Hanks

Kim Kaiser

July 25, 2020

I will always remember the musician Brad who played with my brother Kevin, and how they recorded on a record album the song Brad wrote and won a music contest with, Rubber Bandit. Still plays in my mind occasionally. I am truely sorry for the loss of Brad.

Marilyn Myers Templeton

July 25, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Brad's passing - such a tremendous loss to family, friends ... the world. Many blessings to Patty and family.

David Harper

July 24, 2020

I want to take time to say, "thank you" to all the Smith family and especially to Brad and his family. My brothers and I have worked since 1982 with Brad and his father, Greg. They have been, both of them, two of the most caring and loving friends outside of "the business ". I wish I had space to tell of how much and how often they took time for the people outside their family. Mabel, you raised a good son and loved a great man and if only the world could build on the foundation they demanded; we all would feel. . . safe. Smith family you will always be remembered.
Thank you,
With warmest regards
David V Harper

Smith Family

July 24, 2020

Patty put together a compilation video for Brad in April 2020, in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary. You can view this video here: https://youtu.be/zsWRAUvgG2g

Smith Family

July 24, 2020

Brad performed a beautiful cover of James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" at the Broad Ripple Art Fair in May 2013. View the video of this performance here: https://youtu.be/hRBeSTFzQNg

Smith Family

July 24, 2020

Bradley (Brad) Smith originally wrote the song "Grandpa's Teeth" in 1987. The inspiration for this song came from the several trips that Brad, his wife Patty, and their young girls would take to visit Patty's folks in Tucson, Arizona. While visiting, Brad's then-2-year-old middle daughter, Franny, would often whisper to Patty or Brad to ask her grandpa (Patty's dad) to take his teeth out, because he often did this when playing with the kids to make them laugh. Brad sang and recorded this version of the song--see video link below--on May 7, 2020, at the request of his daughters and three grandkids. You can view his performance here: https://youtu.be/CeKF4AvyKMM

Steve (fO) Williams

July 24, 2020

Dear Patty and family ,

I’ve spent the last hour viewing all the wonderful photos of your family and Brad being funny as always. What an infectious smile! To have a family that you can see into the HEART of, the enjoyment each and everyone of you had with Brad is precious. Thank you for sharing those precious memories with us.
Brad and I met at DePauw as Phi Psi frat and we’re bro ‘s at the very start. We talked all night, played all night, Kleinschmidt too, and as young men, we were trying to figure out our stories. As time went on, I truly confess to being lucky to be one of Bradley W. Good friends. Hanging with you and Brad was great fun, and even though we spent decades apart occasionally getting together in Tucson because You two visited Bill and Rosie, it was always like we’d just seen each other the day before, and that’s a beautiful friendship I will always cherish. I loved Brad, and he loved me. That’s all I can say. (Tears), love you too Patty. So sorry he left so early but he had all the family enjoyment most of us hope for..........fO

Jeffy and Jody Flynn

July 24, 2020

Firstly, there is the constant reminder of you guys in this cooler.
Without question, the best most well used item in our cottage. Still looks like new after 25 years or whatever!
Used it last night to have a beer with Patti and Gerry and Barry Flynn.

We were talking about Brad and Barry said. You know, Brad was a positive, happy guy
who got 10 times more enjoyment out of life than most people. So in that way, he was an old old man when he died.

I agree..all I see is a huge goofy smile. I am so glad I have those pics of him with the fish!
Gerry was remembering when the two of them went to get into shape and meet at 6 am for maybe a week!
It was miserable Gerry said, we just moaned the entire time!

So thankful to have all those fun, totally laughing memories. Too many games of euchre that turned into
hysterical moments! Anyway, just constantly thinking about everyone.

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Biography

Bradley “Brad” W. Smith, 66, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 17, 2020 surrounded by those he called “his whole world”: his loving wife, Patricia (Hurrle) Smith, his daughters, Meredith Fredrickson, Frances Smith, and Eleanor Smith, and his son-in-law Sean Fredrickson.

Brad was a lifelong Hoosier, attending IPS 84, Broad Ripple High School (Go Rockets!), DePauw and Indiana Universities.

Bruce (Trish) and Brian (Carla) Smith remember Brad as a funny and cool older brother who shared his love of racing and music with them. His mother, Mabel Smith, believes that Brad “got it done.” His daughters will remember him as a father who instilled empathy, humor, loyalty, and love of life. Grandchildren Erin Grace, Michael Bradley and Samuel Kenneth Fredrickson will remember their “Poppi” loved them dearly and was their absolute biggest fan. He enjoyed every moment with “his buddies.” As a friend, Brad was a friend for life. His extended family has memories from many themed parties, which included Brad as “Carnac the Magnificent” and host of “Club Smitty” for his 26 nieces and nephews.
Patty will remember her husband “Smitty” providing spoken and unspoken love and trust throughout their 40 years of marriage.

Brad is leaving a legacy of his love of music through his guitar playing, singing, and songwriting. He will also be remembered through the houses he built and remodeled alongside his father, Gregory Lee Smith (deceased), during their 35 years working together at Greg Smith Associates. One client shared, “my family will always cherish this home that we have that has so much of Brad in it.”

Brad had a smile that lit up a room. He had a way of making anyone he encountered, whether meeting for the first time or a lifelong friend, feel that they were loved and valued. The connections he made with people was clear given the vast amount of cards, gifts and well wishes he and Patty received this past year.

A private funeral for the family will take place on Saturday, July 25th at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church. You can view the live stream via the St. Pius X Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/spxparishindy. You can also visit Leppert Mortuary to view funeral mass program, photos and share memories at www.leppertmortuary.com or https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/Leppert-Mortuary-Nora-Chapel/fh-14558?affiliateId=2839.

A celebration of life will be celebrated in the spring when restrictions have been lifted. If you would like to be added to the list and be included in information, please email bradsmithcelebration@gmail.com and include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

Donations can be made to the St. Pius X for the Brad Smith Arts Fund. Please make checks payable to St. Pius X and write “Brad Smith Arts Fund” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to 6701 N. Oakland Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220.

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