ONEONTA – Stanley G. Smith, 61, lost his courageous battle with lung cancer on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
He was born on April 27, 1960 in Delhi, to Francis “Smitty” and Elizabeth (Slater) Smith.
Stan was a 1979 graduate of Oneonta High School, where he played football and baseball. He worked for several years at Brook’s BBQ. Stan worked also for Otsego County Senior Meals on Wheels.
In between he worked as a bar bouncer, helped his dad “Smitty” with the family paving business, and at the Holiday Lanes doing several different jobs. Stan worked in the maintenance at SUNY Oneonta for several years until the devastating diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer, forced his retirement last August.
Stan married Dolores Hugues on December 21, 2002. He became step-dad or as they liked to call him, “their extra dad”, to Peter Hugues-Simmons of Manchester, CT and Joseph Simmons of Laurens. Stan jumped into fatherhood with both feet, coaching the Sunday morning kids bowling. Taking teams all over the state to tournaments and taking a team all the way to the States in Syracuse. He also coached city of Oneonta pony league baseball, going from last place the first year to being undefeated the next. Stan, in his own rite, was an excellent bowler; 14 career 300 games, numerous 299’s. At one point, Stan was on the
Pro-Bowling tour bowling at many places across the country. Stan was voted into the Oneonta Bowling Hall of Fame around 20 years ago. He also played softball for several years and tried playing golf, it was one sport he couldn’t excel at, but not for trying. He and his wife enjoyed raising dachshunds as a hobby. Stan and Dolores also enjoyed the yearly trip to Richmond, VA to the NASCAR Race and then onto Virginia Beach.
Stanley was predeceased by his father, Francis.
He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Whitney and step-dad, Sherman; his wife, Dolores; his sons, Peter and Joseph Simmons; several nieces, nephews and never to be left out his beloved dogs, Little Bit and Norman.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Stan’s name to Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans Animal Shelter, 697 Winney Hill Rd., Oneonta, NY 13820, where we adopted our Norman.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Kenneth Hunter officiating. Burial will follow at the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at, www.lhpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are with Oneonta’s only family-owned funeral home, Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono at 51 Dietz Street.