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Alleva Funeral Home, Inc.

1724 East Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA

OBITUARY

David L. Smith

March 8, 1940June 20, 2020

DAVID L. SMITH

MARCH 8, 1940 – JUNE 20, 2020

David L. Smith , of Berwyn, PA. passed away peacefully from congestive heart failure. Dave was the eldest son of the late Otto and Winifred Smith of Perryville, Md. and was born in Akron, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara, daughter, Stacia Gillespie (William II), son, Darren (Claudine), brother, Christopher (Louise), sister, Candace Ford. And his grandchildren, Madeline Gillespie,William Gillespie III, Courtney Gillespie, Alex Gillespie, Rachel Ward, and Kelly Ward. After graduating from Perryville High School, Perryville, Md. and Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, he was in the U.S. Army Security Agency stationed in Japan. His business career started at Aetna Life Insurance Co. in Group Sales and was completed at Raytel Imaging in marketing. After retiring from the business world, he started a new life of service, volunteering and giving back. Dave joined Lions Clubs International in 1993 (Paoli- Berwyn-Malvern Lions Club). He was elected District Governor of District 14-P in 2005. As District Governor he started his lifelong Diabetes Awareness Campaign, since he was a Type 1 Diabetic since age 30. At the time of his death, he was a board member of Royer- Greaves School for Blind ( Paoli, Pa.) , James E. “Bing” Miller Charitable Foundation (Chester Co. and Berks Co., PA), and the Delaware Valley Lions Eye Bank (PA., Delaware, New Jersey) He was presented over the years with multiple local, district, state, and international awards for everything from leadership to being a dedicated volunteer. Dave was always so kind to others, extremely humble, and wore a huge smile on his face. His passions were -NOTRE DAME, Reading and sharing lots of books, breakfasts with friends, and peanut butter.

There will be a private cremation and then a Celebration of Life event as soon as we can all hug again.

In Lieu of Flowers, donations would be appreciated for: Royer- Greaves School for Blind 118 South Valley Road Paoli, PA. 19301

“Bing” Miller Charitable Foundation c/o PDG Richard Taylor 402 Megan Court Kennett Square, PA.19348

Delaware Valley Lions Eye Bank 401 North 3rd Street, Suite 305 Philadelphia, PA. 19123

Services

  • A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Vicky Mayer

June 29, 2020

The passing of this humble, loving and gentle man was difficult news to deliver to our Royer-Greaves family. He is well know to this community as a PBM Lion and also as an active and engaged R-G Board Vice President. Dave attended our programs and special events and spoke on behalf of the Board at our Above and Beyond lunches. Dave always drove our individuals who were going to Beacon Lodge to and from camp. I went along with our folks with him and we always stopped for lunch and he always bought everyone's lunch. He was so thoughtful and helpful with our individuals. He got to know several of our folks and kept conversations going with them on those long car rides and remembered things from year to year. He was an advid reader and we talked about books we had read and authors we liked. Royer-Greaves is a better place for knowing him. He will be greately missed.

Susan Volk

June 28, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We were former neighbor’s of Barb and Dave, and will always remember him for his cheerful smile and concern for others. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

Bill Bradley

June 28, 2020

Bobbie and I enjoyed our friendship with Dave, and his wife, Barbara. You would be hard pressed to find a kinder, more thoughtful individual than Dave.
Every Sunday now, as we enter St. Isaacs for Mass, we'll be looking for Dave as an usher. It just won't be the same without him.
To Barbara and the rest of the Smith family, our deepest condolences.

Bobbie and Bill Bradley and family.

Nancy & Dave Gauthier

June 23, 2020

The passing of this truly wonderful, compassionate, gentle, loving friend leaves a terrible void - not only within their family, our Lions family, but in my heart as well. Dave and I started our Lions journey the same year and became great friends. I affectionately nicknamed him PDG Honey years ago due to him and Barb always addressing each other lovingly as Honey. Over many phone calls and breakfast meetings, (boy did he love breakfast meetings) PDG Honey convinced me to follow in his footsteps to be a Governor as well. His support was unwavering and ever present. Dave was an incredible mentor and friend never too busy to lend an ear, a hug - as well as his ever present smile❣️ I will miss terribly his hugs and friendship but that smile is going to be with me forever❤️
Barb, you know we love you and we’re here for you always - FOR ANYTHING❣️💔

Stephen and Marilyn Wagner

June 23, 2020

The passion for Notre Dame and Lions Clubs was shared by this lovely man and my husband................once they compared team rosters and likely future picks we finally could discuss what we were at a meeting for!The kindest and most thoughtful of men whose smile was full of warmth and joy of life. A true Gentle Giant.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY