Robert Glenn Smith: Former Business Owner in Southern Humboldt Passes Away
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Robert “smitty” G Smith was born October 31, 1932 and passed away November 7, 2016. Born in Turlock, Ca and raised in Stockton, Ca. Bob at a young age sat on a street corner shining shoes and also had a local paper route. He later went on to attend college where he played football and worked as a produce manager. In 1951 Bob joined the Navy and served in the Korean War.
September 20, 1952 Bob married Marlene Tressler. Bob and Marlene moved to Brentwood, Ca in 1957 where his 3 children were born. Through the years he owned two grocery stores and numerous bars and restaurants.
He and his wife then moved to Garberville, Ca. Upon moving in 1981 he purchased Kash Market and later Benbow Valley Restaurant. In the year 1986 Bob purchased land and built Garberville Market which most locals know as Sentry.
Bob was very passionate about giving back to numerous schools and the community. Donations such as the announcers booth at South Fork High and many other contributions that flew under the radar, per his humble nature.
In 2003 he sold Sentry Market and moved to Redding, Ca to pursue another business endeavor. Although Bob had moved his heart always remained in Garberville.
Bob is preceded in death by his father Orlin B Smith and mother Dorothy Hagan. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Marlene Smith, his three children Melinda Smith, Julie Pardoski and Greg Smith. Grandchildren Nicole Parker, Krystina Pardoski and Gregory Smith Jr. Great-grandchild Hunter Robert Cardoza. Brother Bruce Smith wife Karen, cousin Jimmy Poe wife Bobbie.
Bob was know by all as a true gentleman, wonderful boss, valued community and a great man. He was know by his family as being a selfless man, a loving husband and father who taught valuable lessons, respect and shared endless love.