In Remembrance of Monroe R. Smith

Monroe R. Smith

Monroe R. Smith

Venice, FL and formerly of Scranton, PA March 13, 1917 ~ January 25, 2013 Date of Service: January 29, 2013

Monroe R. Smith, 95, died on Friday. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marge Burton Smith.

He was born in Scranton on March 13, 1917, to the late Simon and Rose Solomon Smith. He was a longtime member of Temple Hesed. Monroe moved to Venice, Fla., in 2009, but his heart always belonged to Scranton. He owned and operated the IRO Co. of Scranton for more than 30 years. He was also well-known for his involvement in local politics, acting as the finance chairman for a number of local campaigns, including that of County Commissioners Luger and Pettinato. He was on the board of the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Scranton Parking Authority. He served in the
Army during World War II. He was stationed in North Carolina, recruiting women for the Women's Army Corps. His PR work included the successful slogan, "I would rather be with them than waiting."

Monroe was well loved by his family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he continued to make people laugh, even in his final days.

He is survived by five children, Simon Smith, Doylestown; Geraldine Del Torto and husband, Tom, Rotonda West, Fla.; Melanie Smith, New Hope; Sharon Asch and husband, Bruce, Englewood, Fla.; and Patricia Jennings, Peckville; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Roseann Alperin; three sisters, Edith Leventhal, Ruth Shapiro Dickstein and Miriam Newman; and his friend and companion, Elaine Levy.

There will be a graveside service on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Temple Hesed Cemetery in Dunmore, by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. The family will observe shiva on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Elan Gardens, Venard Road, Clarks Summit.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roseann Smith Alperin Fund, Temple Hesed or Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Dept., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

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Brian X. Cunningham
Posts: 8
Fond Rememberance
Reply #5 on : Wed January 30, 2013, 11:30:45
I (and my brother Dennis I'm sure) have many good memories of Monroe and the entire family at Oakmont Park Pool & Cabana Club.
Bob and Grace Lipski
Posts: 8
Condolences to Smith Family
Reply #4 on : Wed January 30, 2013, 11:29:50
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. We have such happy thoughts of Monroe and Marge. They were our good neighbors for many years. Your home was a second home to our kids. Growing up in this neighborhood was made special because of the Smith family. So many memories……
Cathy McNamara
Posts: 8
Monroe's passing
Reply #3 on : Wed January 30, 2013, 09:29:47
When I was employed with the Drug and Alcohol Commission, Monroe was a Board Member for many years. He was a true gentleman, very kind and caring and he truly enjoyed life. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. What a wonderful man.
Bob Davis
Posts: 8
Re: In Remembrance of Monroe R. Smith
Reply #2 on : Mon January 28, 2013, 15:28:20
I first met Monroe and Marge Smith while working at Shapiro.s in Scranton. It was a part time job when I was attending college. Monroe and Marge will always be remembered by me as a gracious couple who were always friendly, outgoing and considerate Their extended families; the Newmans and Shapiros also bring back many great memories of that part of my life.
Many years later,I discovered that my sons were going to school with Sharon and Bruce Asch's sons. I remembered Sharon and one of her sisters as young children coming to Shapiro's with their mother. The Smiths', Newmans' and Shapiros' were special people.

Please extend my condolences to all the families.

Many years later
Mary Jennings
Posts: 8
Reply #1 on : Mon January 28, 2013, 12:22:31
Patricia and Family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mary Jennings