Ocala, Florida

Thomas Bailey Smeak died peacefully at 88 on Friday, October 7, 2022, in Ocala, Florida with family beside him.

Tom was born June 13, 1934, and raised in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, Bedford County. His parents were Ralph E. Smeak and Estelle (Virginia) Fost. He has two surviving sisters, Jackie Dawson and Nancy Clark, and many nieces and nephews. As a young child, he was raised and loved by his maternal grandparents Melville and Sarah (Foote) Fost. As a child during the Depression, he helped his grandparents by doing farm chores, selling vegetables from the garden, and trapping and selling animal hides. He would walk the traps every morning before school. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting.

After graduating high school, Tom met and married and is survived by Darlene Marie Hughes, whom he affectionately called “Doe” until his death. For over 70 years, on any given day, one would hear him saying “Doe, Hey Doe or Dammit Doe.” throughout the house. They married on July 12, 1952, and moved to Painesville, Ohio, where he worked at the Industrial Rayon Corporation. Soon after, he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a communications specialist during the Korean War. He was stationed in Puerto Rico. After two years, Tom was discharged and returned to Darlene and enrolled in the Carnegie Medical Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1956, the family moved to Keyser, West Virginia, where Tom took a position as the Supervisor of the Medical Laboratory at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser. He retired in 1986 after 30 years.

Tom and Darlene were blessed with three children; Rebecca and husband Andy Davis, Jeffrey Smeak and wife Tina, Jerry Smeak and wife Rona. He had five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Tom was a very quiet man (Fun fact: although he was very quiet: Tom was a very skilled Auctioneer) who worked hard every summer to make memories with his children. He would take his family on month-long adventures with their van and camper trailer visiting sites across the U.S. and Canada.

Tom and Darlene retired to Ocala, Florida, in 1986, where he started his second career as a school bus driver. They moved to Tom’s hometown of Hyndman, PA in 1994. As active retirees, they traveled across the country in their motorhome, going to square-dancing conventions, playing shuffleboard, and visiting their grandchildren, and, because Tom was always cold, they headed to warmer climates during the winter. They eventually moved back to Ocala, Florida full-time in 2017.

Tom will be greatly missed by his loving family and anyone who knew him.

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