WOOSTER – The Smailes family is sad to announce that Thomas A. Tom Smailes, 89, of Wooster passed away on Friday, April 30 at the Akron General Hospital as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Tom was born July 4, 1931 in Coshocton, the son of Roy and Alice (Shank) Smailes. He married Lysbeth Libby Smailes in 1954, who preceded him in death in 2017 and with whom he is now reunited.
Tom was raised in Coshocton and was a 1949 graduate of Coshocton High School. He later attended Ohio Northern University, earning a degree in pharmacy in 1953, which continued to be his profession. Many in Wooster knew him as a pharmacist at Maurer’s Drug Store, where he worked for many years. He also proudly served his country during the Korean War.
Tom was a loving husband to Libby, a wonderful and supportive father to his children, and a proud grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his children, Catherine Anne Dunaway (Michael Dunaway) of Wooster, David Alan Smailes of Southborough, Mass., Suzanne Allyn Smailes (Sheila Darrow) of Yellow Springs and Robert Andrew Smailes (Kazuko Smailes) of Kobe, Japan; granddaughters, Shauna (Jeremy) Cornwell, Marisa Dunaway and Kokoro Smailes; great-grandsons Cameron and Milo Cornwell; a sister, Anne Bisdorf (Gordon Bisdorf), a brother, James Smailes (Sheri Smailes), and a special family member, Ie Lin Leong of Garden Grove, California.
Tom loved Wooster and the many friends he made here. He enjoyed his colleagues at Maurer’s Pharmacy and the people he met there as part of his profession. He was an active member of the Wooster United Methodist Church and was close to many in the congregation. Tom was proud to be an alumnae of Ohio Northern, and often took part in the white coat investiture of new pharmacy school graduates there. He remained close to his Kappa Psi fraternity brothers from those years throughout his life.
Tom was a member of the Kiwanis’s Club for many years, and more recently enjoyed participating in the Wayne Investment Stock Club.
Tom enjoyed reading about history and current events, was proud of the vegetables and plants he grew in his garden, and delighted in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always happy to spend an afternoon fishing, working his garden and reading his favorite author, Mark Twain (one of his favorite quotes from Twain appears at the end of this notice).
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wooster United Methodist Church, Ohio Northern University, or a charity of your choice in his memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada, OH 45810 or to a charity of donor’s choice in his memory
Memorial service on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Wooster United Methodist Church
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