Frank “Chip” Smith, 75, of Harding, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains, after complications from heart disease, kidney disease, and COPD.
Born in Kingston on December 12, 1944, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Jane Fowler Smith, Orange.
He attended Dallas Schools and following graduation he worked in Washington DC at the State Department in the medical records department from 1962 to 1966. He then joined the US Army Reserves and in 1968 managed the Luzerne County Farmers Co-Op until 1974 when it closed. Frank entered the foodservice equipment and supply business by managing stores at E. M. Bartikowsky, Wilkes-Barre, DeFluri Restaurant Supply, Hazleton, Artic Air Restaurant Supply, Wilkes-Barre and was managing partner of Northeast Restaurant Supply, Swoyersville, until retirement in 2006.
He was loved by all of his customers and especially by church ladies who would receive a free paring knife and comment on his pretty blue eyes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John and George.
Surviving are the love of his life, Tina Jurchak, who he married 32 years ago; children who he adored and told everyone how proud he was of them, Melissa, Falls Church, VA and Eric, Horsham, PA; sister Hazel Wasserott, Forty Fort, brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to the doctors and nurses of Geisinger Wyoming Valley ICU as well as Residential Hospice for their excellent care and compassion to both Frank and his family.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, November 1, 2020, from 2pm-5pm for a walk-through visitation following CDC guidelines of wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Harding-Mt. Zion Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 133, Falls, PA 18615.