July 28, 1922 - March 17, 2013
William Xavier Smith of Carson City, NV died March 17, 2013 at the age of 90, in his home in Maryland. He was born July 28, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Charles and Mary Smith of Queens, NY. “Bill” was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Evelyn Smith, “Lyn” and his only child Robert Smith.
From an early age, it was evident that there were great things ahead for Bill. He grew up in Queens, NY, where he attended Catholic schools. He worked hard and graduated from Fordham University. Bill then joined the US Army where he served as a Sergeant in the Aleutian Islands. As always, he distinguished himself with his enterprising spirit, vibrant personality, and a great depth of character. After returning from his tour, he married his lifelong love, Evelyn Olsen from Brooklyn, NY. Together they had one child, Robert Smith born February 4th, 1950.
In 1952, Bill decided to move west to Reno, NV. Bill then took a prominent position with the State of Nevada. He settled his family in a home in Sparks NV. Bill then brought his beloved grandmother to Nevada to join his family, in a place he then called Home.
He became an essential figure in the community where he coached basketball, football, and boxing. Throughout his time in Nevada, he volunteered with many organizations including Kiwanis Club of Carson City where in 1973, he was presented the “Man of the Year” award. He was also instrumental in building the first senior citizen center in Carson City and also became a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. Bill was known always for his warm and generous heart and his selflessness with neighbors, family, and even those some may call strangers.
In 1978, Bill’s son Robert and his wife, Pamela Smith blessed him with a grandson Justin William. Bill was always a fun loving and thoughtful grandfather, venturing on many family vacations and opening a new world up to his grandson, Justin. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. Bill was always extremely generous and selfless.
Even after his retirement, Bill was very active within his community. He was a leader and a friend to all that knew him. He had moved from leading and organizing activities for youth to organizing wonderful cruises for adults; cruises that were legendary and truly enjoyed by all. In an article written about Bill after his retirement entitled “An Unordinary Man”, he was described as “...one part organizer, one part administrator, and one part hard-worker. He is one person who does it all.”
In 2012, Bill married his longtime care giver and friend, Evelyn Vanhousen; who was the childhood and lifelong friend of his late wife, Lyn. He was quite blessed to have Evelyn by his side, caring for him and helping him for many years. He enjoyed many years of traveling, was very active in his church, and treasured time with his grandson, Justin W. Smith and great grand-daughter, Gabriella.
Those that have known Bill have been graced with a courageous, thoughtful, generous, and virtuous friend. Bill was truly an extraordinary man. The world would be a far better place with more men like Bill Smith living in it. “Say not in grief: ‘He is no more but live in thankfulness that he was.” Bill is survived by his wife, Evelyn Vanhousen; his grandson and granddaughter-in law, Justin and Meghan Smith; and great grand-daughter, Gabriella Smith, 2yrs.
There will be a visitation for Bill, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6 to 8 p.m. at Walton’s Chapel in Carson City, NV.
A Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church.
Walton’s Chapel of the Valley is in charge of final arrangements.