June 29, 1919 ~ September 27, 2006
Joseph Eugene Smith
June 29, 1919 - September 27, 2006
Joseph Eugene Smith, loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, and friend, died peacefully at home on September 27, 2006, at the age of 87. He was born the third of five children to Mayme and Albert Smith, a farmer, in Capac, Michigan, in 1919. Joe proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII. In 1946, Joe sought his love and fortune in Southern California. Soon after, he met Pat Walsh on a miniature golf blind date, and they were married in 1949. After many positions in manufacturing and service industries, using the benefits of the GI Bill, Joe attended Northrop Institute. With five kids, Joe left the comfort of secure employment in the early 1960s to follow his dream and his imagination, starting a manufacturing company in his garage. By 1977, Excellon Industries commanded more than 80 percent of the world market for circuit board drilling machines. An accomplished mechanical engineer and inventor, Joe held numerous patents in the circuit board industry, having invented the air bearing, automatic drill changer, and so much more.
Joe's loves included Pat, his wife of 57 years; his children Joe, Kathy, Mary Pat, Jim and wife Roselynn, and John and wife Emily; and grandchildren Arienne (Mark Bertolero), Galen, Owen, Connor, Daniel, and Annie. He was devoted to his Catholic faith and the Rosary. His passions included baseball, kites, engineering and inventing, golf, poetry, ice cream, and feeding the birds at the beach.
Services are Tuesday, October 3, at Nativity Catholic Church, 1447 Engracia, Torrance, CA, 90501. Rosary at 9:30 a.m., with Mass following at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of Joe's favorite charities: The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet (11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90049), Trinity Care Hospice (2601 Airport Drive, Suite 230, Torrance, CA, 90505), or Little Company of Mary Hospital (4101 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA, 90503).
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