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Pat Smith of Erie, PA has passed

July 3, 2017

Erie, PA - - Pat Smith of Erie, PA has passed

   Obituary with funeral details for 1 July in Erie, PA

Pat Smith in Fargo, ND - ISC World Tournament 2004 - A reporter in Fargo stops Pat for an interview, and Pat interviews her! Turns out she is an intern from Meadville, PA. Small world!



Very sad news this week from Erie, PA that Pat Smith, a friend to all in softball, especially men's fastball / fastpitch softball has passed away following a very short illness.

 Charles Patrick "Pat" Smith, age 70, of Erie, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017


Charles Patrick "Pat" Smith, age 70, of Erie, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at UPMC Hamot.
Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St., at Greengarden Blvd., is handling arrangements.
Published in the Erie Times-News on June 29, 2017
Services will be this Saturday, July 1 - 1 - 3 sat.with service
   More details to follow. See full obituary below.
Tim Maziarz:    timmaziarz (at)
Our sincere condolences to Pat's family and friends and especially to his best friend Tim Maziarz. Pat and Tim have been to every ISC World Tournament going back many years and are steadfast fans in many local ballparks for the big weekend tournaments, including Erie, PA, Kitchener, ON, Midland, MI, St. Clements, ON, Orillia, ON, Tavistock, ON, Elkland, PA, Monkton, ON, Orlando, FL,  and many many more.    AD
Tim and Pat doing what they do best, watching and talking fastpitch Softball.

Pat Smith (centre) flanked by fastball fans John MacTavish (left) and John Thompson (right) at the Monkton World Fastball Tournament in 2005.

The two Johns from Waterloo ON first meet Pat and his fastball enthusiast side-kick Tim Maziarz 20+ years ago when the Waterloo Twins annually traveled to the Memorial Day tournament in Erie PA. Pat and Tim were fixtures at the park and enthusiastically welcomed fans from the "great white north" to the weekend of superb senior fastball.

Pat was very personable and had insights into the game that bemused all who would listen. At the 2006 ISC tourney in Kitchener, Pat provided a daily "You Make The Call" question in a version of "Stump The Ump"  for the Diamond Dirt daily newsletter.   

Pat - Rest in Peace - you will most assuredly be missed at many senior fastball tournaments, especially in August 2018 when Kitchener hosts the event.


John Thompson


   Tributes, such as the above from John Thompson are welcome, along with photos of Pat at the ballpark.
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 Obituary Published in the Erie Times-News on June 30, 2017:
Charles Patrick "Pat" Smith, age 70, of Erie, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, at UPMC Hamot. Born in Meadville, on March 17, 1947, he was a son of the late Forrest and Genevieve (Wykoff) Smith.

Pat grew up in Townville and Meadville, Pa., and graduated from Meadville High School, where he played basketball and volleyball and was a member of the boys' volleyball state championship team in 1964. He went on to Penn State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree and played a role in the creation their Men's Volleyball Team.

For more than 30 years, Pat taught history, world cultures, and A.P. American History at Meadville High School. However, he was more than a teacher – he was generous with his time and was considered a supporter and mentor to many students. During his time at Meadville High, he was remembered by many as "Mr. Big," a white fedora and suspenders wearing mascot who led cheers and engaged fans to support the Meadville Bulldogs basketball team during their playoff runs in the 1980s. Early in his MHS teaching career, Pat served as an assistant basketball coach under head coach Norm Sundstrom. Years later, he assistant coached the girls' softball team at the school under head coach Dave Kennedy. While in Meadville, he was also involved as an umpire in men's slow pitch softball leagues and achieved prominence as a NCAA volleyball official.

Upon moving to Erie, he continued his teaching career in adult education at Stairways Behavioral Health. He was also a beloved and influential director of The Erie Bridge Association, where he led bridge games and mentored other players with their bridge skills. The game of bridge became Pat's most beloved pursuit, and he achieved Gold Life Master status and beyond.

Survivors include his two daughters, Sally Brooks of Lakewood, Ohio and Heather Smith of Milwaukee, Wis.; two grandchildren, Eva and Boston Brooks; and many cousins.

Friends may call on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of a service at 3 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes &Crematory, 1595 West 38th St., at Greengarden Blvd. Burial will be private at the convenience of his family.

Memorials may be made to The Erie Bridge Association, at 1221 Grant Avenue, Erie, PA 16505.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on June 30, 2017
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