Michael Alexander Smith


Michael Alexander Smith, "Tank" to some, 49, of Bloomsburg, died in his home on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

He was born Feb. 26, 1969, in Philadelphia, a son of Alexander J. and Sandra L. (Heiser) Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gail Ellen, who died in infancy.

Michael was a 1987 graduate of Middleburg High School and a 1991 graduate of Bloomsburg University where he studied political science and was a proud member of the Sigma Iota Omega fraternity.

On July 29, 2015, he realized his dream of bringing Philly Cheesesteaks to Bloomsburg by opening his own restaurant, Smitty's Steaks. Since college, he worked in various restaurants in the Bloomsburg area including Rose Marie's, Ridgway's, and Bassetts.

A loyal Philadelphia sports fan, Mike suffered through many low years with the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers, but he relished the championship victories, especially the Eagles Super Bowl 52 win. Mike was an avid reader, lover of movies and all kinds of music. His quick wit and unpretentious manner meant that he could converse with anyone about any subject. He enjoyed fishing, playing frisbee golf, and attending music festivals.

Over the years he served as a surrogate father, big brother, and compassionate friend for numerous high school and college students and members of the community. He was always willing to assist others in any way possible - even to the point of neglecting himself. He cared deeply for the university and town of Bloomsburg - always desiring to build bridges of support between the two.

He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Suellen and Craig Lewis, a nephew, Alexander Lewis, and a niece, Cassandra Lewis, all of Mifflinburg; an aunt, Rae Ellen (Heiser) Gauntlett, of Selinsgrove; an uncle, Gordon Smith, of Johnstown; and cousins, Jason Robinson, Terry Brubaker, Brenda Smith, Courtney (Smith) Kelly, and Stacey (Smith) Basso.

Michael sadly leaves behind his beloved pets, a dog, Henry; and cats, Raymond, Stuart, Franklin, Ophelia, and Mortimer.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to any animal shelter or ASPCA.

The George P. Garman Funeral Home, Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published on December 21, 2018
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