Retired Sgt. Homer F. Smith, age 79, of New Salem, PA passed suddenly on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at UPMC-Shadyside in Pittsburgh. He was born on July 16, 1941 in Brownsville, son of the late Fredrick B. and Virginia M. (Pepper) Smith.
Homer was a 1959 graduate of Redstone High School. He enlisted in the US Army and served in Nuremburg, Germany during Vietnam. In 1963, Homer was discharged from the Army, returned home and met the love of his life and soulmate, Adrienne N. Reynolds and they married on January 13, 1964. The couple moved to Levittown, PA and he entered the Philadelphia Police Academy, graduating at the top of his class, and went on to serve in the Bristol Township Police Department as an officer for 25 years, retiring as Sergeant. The family retired back home to New Salem in 1989.
Homer's main priority and love in life was his family. His favorite past-time was family gatherings and cookouts, attending his grandchildren's sporting events, as he was their Number #1 Fan. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed tending his land and especially hunting. His hobbies included fixing, buying and selling cars, watching the Steelers, the Pirates, and the PITT Panthers with his grandson, Steven. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion Post #590, and Knights of Columbus.
Along with his parents, Homer was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Cori Walker; sister, Leona Iacconi and her husband Tony; sister, Audrey Smith; nephew, Dana Iacconi.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 57 years and best friend, Adrienne N. Smith; his favorite daughter, Christine R. Smith-Walker; his favorite son, Michael J. Smith and wife Amy; his adoring grandchildren, Steven Walker, Jeremy and Avery Smith; niece, Debbie Iacconi-Zigray and husband Jeff; nephew, Tony Iacconi, Jr.; special cousin, Bobby Landman; also survived by numerous relatives and dear friends.
Family and friends will be received in the Dearth Funeral Home, 35 South Mill Street, New Salem, PA 15468 on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, and on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 11 AM until the Blessing Service at 12 Noon, officiated by Rev. Fr. Marlon Pates. Police Detail will be rendered by Officers from the Bristol Township Police Department. Entombment to follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, with Military Honors and Rites accorded by the United States Army and the American Legion Posts #940, #838 and #275. www.dearthfh.com.
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