Paul J. Smith

January 15, 1991November 12, 2020

Paul J. “Pauly” “Bub” Smith, 29 was taken from us way to soon from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on November 12, 2020 in the Village of Herkimer. Paul was born on January 15 1991 in Jersey City, NJ to Robin Miller and his deceased father. Paul’s mother Robin passed away when he 10 years old and he came right from his mother’s funeral to live with Keith “Rusty” and Pat Smith, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He came from being a little city boy with no family into a big farm family. One year later he became Paul J. Smith. He graduated from Unadilla Valley Central School and had many, many friends. Paul was always full of fun and loved joking around, but when he met Emily Sugar he knew she was the one and when Jaron was born it was very obvious to anyone that knew them Emily and Jaron were the 2 most important people in his life. Paul was a wonderful, caring and very hands on father from the day Jaron was born. Paul leaves behind his partner Emily and their 3 year old son Jaron, his mother Patricia Smith, his father and stepmother Keith (Rusty) and Danielle Smith, brothers Brian (Heather) Brown, Cliff Smith, sisters Kristin (Leroy) Charles, Taylor (Cody) Baker and Charity (Drayton) Smith. Also surviving is his maternal grandmother Evelyn Rockefeller, maternal grandfather Charlie (Virginia) Rockefeller, paternal grandmother Gladys Bello, paternal grandfather Bryan (Ruth Anne) Smith and Godmother Stephanie. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and much loved nieces, nephews and one great nephew. Paul was predeceased by his biological mother and father along with his paternal grandfather Natale Bello. Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 24, from 11-1 pm. A PRIVATE graveside service will be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Please observe social distancing and face masks are required.



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Shalei Guyer

November 18, 2020

Pauly, you will be greatly missed, but never forgotten!
We had quite a few good memories growing up. Especially when we lived on the lake. We had those mini pocket rockets and used to ride them all over. I remember one day you told me to open it right up and just go. Well I did as you said and little did I know I was going for a ride. I hit a pothole going as fast as those things would go and you just died laughing because of the look on my face when I went into the air. I stuck that landing though. Which I think shocked both of us. But watching you try to reenact the face I made was hilarious. We laughed about for like two days. We didn’t always get along, but when we did, we had a blast. You were a good “big brother.” You were always so happy and super funny. You could make anyone’s bad day better. You were truly a special person. I’m glad I got to be apart of your life.
I love you Pauly. Fly high beautiful angel! Until we meet again.

Heather Brown

November 17, 2020

From the moment you joined our family you were a cute smiley young man the cutest little ham ever ! I k ow as we grew older unfortunately life took us further apart and we didn’t get to see you as much as we would of liked but we never stoped thinking of you and loving you ! You grew in to a fine young man and loving father . Love you always my Pauly popsicle 💚

Evelyn Rockefeller

November 17, 2020

Pat and Rusty and their family lived in PA. so we made arrangements to meet them at a restaurant in New Berlin. Patti introduced us to this skinny little city boy with baggy pants and gelled, spiked up hair (the style in the city back then.) I said hello then I said, oh could I give you a hug, he said " okay, but don't mess my hair!" I fell in love with him right then and there and from then on he had a very special place in my heart. I always told him "he was the best thing that ever happened to our family".
"God had your wings ready for you but we were certainly not ready for you to leave us". I LOVE YOU and WILL MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH.

Katherine Scott

November 17, 2020

Paul you will forever be missed and NEVER FORGOTTEN.

I only met Paul a couple months ago but he knew my husband Tony Scott from around high-school age. They used to skateboard together back in the day.
Paul came to our house (unknowingly to us, and such a blessing) with another friend Matt to help us move wood for the winter. Paul was so helpful and kind. He went out of his way the next time I saw him to thank me generously for being such a good hostess to them when they were there. I knew he was a good guy before that but when he took that extra step I knew he was special.
He never missed a beat to give a compliment or a funny joke and his smile lit up a room.
The last time I was to ever see him we were all at Matt's house hanging out and having such a laugh.
That night when we all took our separate ways; Paul hugged everyone but me because I was not paying attention and said my goodbye's and left for the night. My one regret was not hugging him that night and giving him a true family goodbye hug but I am grateful that Tony was able to receive one. Even though I only knew him a short time and was only back in Tony's life for a short time, Paul will always be our family, our brother.

I will miss you very much Paul. Rest easy and see you again my friend.


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