Grant C. Smith


Grant C. Smith, 90, a longtime resident of Union Township, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at UPMC Jameson Hospital.
Mr. Smith was born March 10, 1929, a son of the late Grant C. Smith Sr. and Ethel (Covert) Smith.
After graduating from New Castle High School in 1948, he proudly served in the Army during the Korean Era.
Grant went on to receive his training as a refrigerant specialist in Chicago and later became certified as a master welder. He was employed by Mesta Machine in New Castle, for more than 20 years, and previously worked for Superior Sand and Supply Co. in New Castle, and Republic Steel in Youngstown, Ohio. He ultimately retired in 2002 from the Ivor J. Lee Co. in Wheatland. Grant also owned and operated Smith's Drive-In, on Route 422 East, which he proudly designed and constructed on his own.
Grant was a devout member of Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, St. Mary Church. Grant believed in the value of hard work and tirelessly supported and provided for his family. He passionately gave up his time to friends and family in need of his help.
Grant also loved animals and always had a beloved dog by his side over the years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, the former Leona Carrigan of Union Township; four children, Kathleen (Gary) Kwolek, Patricia (Mark) Caughey, Grant (Nancy) Smith III and Joan Smith, all of New Castle; seven grandchildren, Mark, Joshua and Shawn Caughey, Jessalyn (Craig) Wheatley, Benjamin (Erika) Smith, Christopher (Britney) Kwolek and Hunter Rozzi; four beloved great-grandchildren, Bradshaw and Brynley Wheatley, Gwendolyn Smith and Kamila Kwolek.
In addition to his parents, Grant was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Smith.
Calling hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Church, 124 N. Beaver St., New Castle, with the Rev. Victor J. Molka Jr. serving as celebrant.
Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Union Township.
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Published on April 10, 2019
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Ron Cwynar
Apr 11, 2019
A wonderful person I had the pleasure of knowing. Helped me be a welder at Mesta. So sorry for your lost. May he rest in peace