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Wayne Wendell Smith

Wayne Wendell Smith

July 4, 1953 - February 10, 2020

Wayne Wendell Smith, 66, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away on February 10, 2020. He was born to parents Clarence and Rose Smith on July 4, 1953 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. <br /> <br /> He graduated from high school in 1973 and went on to study economics at Harrisburg Community College (HACC) and then Penn State, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science. <br /> <br /> While in college, Wayne met Lisa Cannon at HACC and they bonded over each being the oldest of four siblings and also a shared birthday, which happened to be a national holiday. <br /> <br /> Wayne and Lisa married on Christmas Day 1976 in his parents' living room. A year later, they moved to Florida. Their son, Ryan Andrew Smith, was born on October 9, 1986. They later separated in 2005, but remained close to support their son. <br /> <br /> Wayne worked as a Commercial Insurance Underwriter. Outside of work, he enjoyed cars, photography and karate-which he taught at a local community center during college. Later, once the family moved to Florida, he enjoyed sport fishing and spending the day out on the water with Ryan. <br /> <br /> THE CARS <br /> <br /> Ryan's fondest memories of his dad are related to travel and cars. His two favorite vacations: A California road trip and a special three-week trip through Europe. <br /> <br /> Wayne had a love for cars and road trips that started as soon as he was able to drive. He owned more than 15 cars⁠-including several different Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros. <br /> <br /> In the 90s, he kept a Torch Red Thunderbird for five years-the longest car he owned. Later in life, Ryan remembers his dad's favorite car was a Porsche Boxster. <br /> <br /> SERVICES & HONORING WAYNE'S LIFE <br /> <br /> Wayne is survived by his son, Ryan, and three younger sisters: Kim Harris, Laurie Johansen and Ronda Smith. <br /> <br /> The family has entrusted A Cremation Services of the Palm Beaches with the arrangements. <br /> <br /> In lieu of flowers and a formal funeral service, Ryan and his wife Michele have planted 10 trees via The Trees Remember in Wayne's honor. With fond memories of their travels, Ryan selected the Eldorado National Forest in California. <br /> <br /> "He who plants a tree loves others beside himself." <br /> <br /> If you would like to make a donation and plant a tree (or trees) in Wayne's honor, please visit: <br /> <br /> <br /> ------------------------ <br /> <br /> SPECIAL PASSAGE <br /> <br /> The following passage is something that has brought peace to Ryan - <br /> <br /> You can shed tears that they're gone, or you can smile because they've lived... <br /> <br /> You can close your eyes and pray they'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all they've left you... <br /> <br /> Your heart can be empty because you can't see them, or your heart can be full of the love they've shared... <br /> <br /> You can turn your back on tomorrow and live for yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday... <br /> <br /> You can remember them and only that they're gone, or you can cherish their memory and let it live on... <br /> <br /> You can cry and close your eyes, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what they'd want... <br /> <br /> Smile, open your eyes, love and go on. <br /> <br /> ------------------------

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    To all of Wayne's loved ones,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. It was an honor to have Wayne as a life-long friend, and he and the memories of all our shared experiences over 50 years will always be fondly remembered.
    Scott Bean Feb 24, 2020