Patrick Michael Smith
June 4, 1942 – February 5, 2021
Patrick M. Smith, one of the longest serving union members in the history of 32BJ SEIU and a lifelong resident of Manhattan, died at Weill Cornell Medical Center, on February 5. He was 78.
Mr. Smith and his wife, Helen (McQueen), married in 1968 after a serendipitous phone call 1 year earlier.
Patrick (“Mickey”) Smith, one of four children to Mary Smith (Murphy) and James Smith was born on June 4, 1942. He grew up on East 28th Street. He was an older brother to Alfred, Mary Ann and Owen. He would speak fondly about his childhood memories with his siblings and that Owen would make him laugh.
He began working as the lead doorman at 239 East 79th Street, a luxury cooperative residence, in 1968, a position he held for the next 52 years.
Patrick enjoyed traveling with his wife to her home country of Scotland, where he would enjoy the scenery while spending time with his family on the Isle of Arran, a truly beautiful island affectionately known as Scotland in miniature.
Patrick’s home away from home in the U.S. was North Miami Beach, a beautiful place on the Atlantic Ocean where Patrick vacationed with his wife and family across 7 different decades. While in Miami, Patrick loved to visit Gulfstream Park, where he would play horses and tell stories.
Patrick had a very special bond with residents of 239 East 79th Street, where he worked from age 26 starting in 1968 through age 78 in 2020, an unprecedented accomplishment. Patrick was dedicated, honest, hardworking, smart and he truly cared for and loved everyone who lived or worked in the building and they loved him right back. He would never hesitate to bet against the New York Giants with one of 239's beloved shareholders.
Patrick and Helen had 4 children and were loving grandparents to 5 grandchildren. His favorite pastime was hanging out with his adult children, Margaret, Maryann, Catriona and Patrick, and he loved them all unconditionally.
Patrick would often say that he was blessed to have five beautiful grandchildren including Caitlyn, William, Sydney, Aiden and Kelly. He would babysit his grandchildren, make them laugh, play with them, watch movies and he would take them toy shopping any chance he could get.
Patrick also had tremendous love for the spouses of his children including Kevin, Melissa, Michael and Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial donations to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a cause that was very important to Patrick as his daughter Catriona is a recent breast cancer survivor.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
Patrick Michael Smith
March 1, 2021
Pat was such a wonderful man. He always had a smile, always had a cheerful greeting for everyone and never had a complaint or bad thing to say. He was the heart and soul of 239 East 79th street. Our heartfelt condolences to the family. Love, Stacey and Noah Kushlefsky and family.
February 28, 2021
My family and I have lost a good friend and “grandfather” with Pat’s passing. Pat was always ready with a warm greeting and a kind comment regardless of whether someone was a resident or visitor.
Pat’s concern for everyone in our building was shown by his trying to assure that when our son Justin would cross 79th Street to catch the bus to school in the morning , he do so safely by Pat’s always reminding him to be careful and look both ways. When our daughter Daniella would come into the lobby about an hour later, Pat would ask Daniella whether Justin had arrived safely.
Any time I ran in the morning, Pat was full of encouragement and always asked if I was going to run six miles to get a laugh from me since we both knew I was not going to run half that. Run or not, Pat made sure we were ready for the weather if that entailed putting on a hat and gloves, or having an umbrella.
I continue to expect to see Pat downstairs in the morning animatedly speaking to a neighbor, or helping someone in some way. We all feel like we have lost a family member, though Pat’s generous and helpful spirit will live on in all of us who had the pleasure and privilege to know him. My wife Carolyn, Daniella, Justin and I express our deepest condolences to Pat’s beloved wife, Helen, their children and grandchildren.
February 26, 2021
I moved into 239 East 79th Street in 1996 and immediately felt so welcomed because of Pat. He always took interest in me and my entire family. Every time he saw me he’d ask me how my elderly mom was doing and to send her his best wishes. Whether coming in or leaving the building, Pat always felt like home.
He adored his family. I never met Helen but felt as if I knew this wonderful woman behind this sweet man. Pat always spoke so lovingly of his Helen, all his kids and grandkids. I did get to know his son when he worked in the building. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Patrick was so kind and caring...qualities I always saw in his dad.
Sincere condolences to the entire Smith family. Pat was an extremely good person and will be missed by me and everyone he touched.
Nancy Dennery Goslee
February 26, 2021
Pat was such a kind and wonderful person. He was always so positive. My daughter and I were so sad when he retired as it was always so nice to see him as we headed out for very early weekend morning sports. When returning, always asking my daughter how she did and even when not so great, he would ask “but did you have fun?”. The answer was always yes and he helped remind her what’s important. The world has lost a wonderful man but we feel so grateful for having had him in our lives.
Joan and Peter Dichter
February 10, 2021
My husband and I have lived at 239 East 79th Street for almost 47 years and Pat was family to us. We and our family and friends have so many wonderful memories that we don’t have the space to list them. Helen , the girls and his namesake son Patrick were his pride and joy.
As a professional, there will never be another Pat Smith. His memory alone was astonishing as he could remember people and incidents that occurred 40 years ago.
We miss Pat terribly and think of him often.
May his memory be a blessing and source of comfort to those who love him.
Joan and Peter Dichter
February 9, 2021
I only met Mr. Smith once, but that was enough for me to see what a wonderful man he was!! Wish I had the chance to spend more time with him .
My condolences to the entire family.
Genie (Gavenchak) Horowitz
February 8, 2021
My late husband, Harvey, was a big Giant fan. He loved Pat, as I and our daughter Sara and our dogs Petey and Cass did. I remember them always talking about football in the lobby on Saturdays and Sundays and Harvey always bet the Giants. I also remember how, in addition to walking our dogs when we could not, Pat always gave them treats when they came in and out. The first thing they did when they got to the lobby was run to his desk. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and his memory will live on in the hearts of all those he knew.