- November 12, 1969 - January 28, 2017
- Roseville, Michigan
of George's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to the family of George Robert Smith with deep and sincere appreciation.
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“George is and was the definition of a straight up great guy! When I first met George at Mopar 17yrs ago, I knew right away he was a good guy. I was...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Ernie Chene - Warren, MI
“Man this is hard; George was one of few people that I considered a true on and off of work. I'm truely going to miss him. Wish I could of seen you...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Robert Mapps - Detroit, MI
“I have tried to reconnect with Rob since high school and have never been able to locate him over the years. We were great friends in high school and...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Annette (Nut Nut) (Suit)Smith - MI
“We are so shocked and sorry to hear of Rob's passing. Always such a friendly and wonderful guy. He will definitely be missed.
4 of 14 | Posted by: Eric and Christel Romer - MI
“Sorry to see you go so soon my friend you will be missed at mopar a truly nice guy
5 of 14 | Posted by: mihai miclea - MI - Friend
“I am sad to hear that Rob has passed away, way too soon. I met Rob only one time. One time 17 years ago when I bumped to the warehouse he was at. He...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: WR B - Warren, MI - Coworker
“George you will be missed. R.I.P
7 of 14 | Posted by: Vicki Polderdyke - MI - Coworker
“I met Rob through Natasha. Natasha I met through Bible Study. Rob was willingly dragged to my husband's surprise 50th birthday party. Even though...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Hagen - Sterling Heights, MI
“We are going to miss you here at Mopar.RIP friend
9 of 14 | Posted by: dave w - MI - Coworker
“Rob was like a brother from another mother Turley and good friend that we are gonna miss rest in heaven my brother until we meet again, much love,...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Ed Campbell - Detroit, MI
“I haven't spoke to Rob and many years which I regret I always remember him and the fun times we had he lives behind me when we were children I have...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Russell Poma - Holly, MI
“May God's Angels hold and comfort you during this time. And always know George will forever be with you not only on your hearts but also in the...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jennifer Falana - Jacksonville, FL
“Many years ago, I met a beautiful young woman when she came to work at a store in the mall. We became fast friends. It wasn't long before I was...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Jennifer Corral - Yale, MI
“Rob was such a wonderful person. He was kind to everyone. I will miss him very much and he will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. I will...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Deanna Smith - Lexington, KY
George Robert Smith "Rob", age 47 of Roseville, died Saturday, January 28, 2017 at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born November 12, 1969 in Pikeville, Kentucky, son of Gilford and Deanna (nee: Smith) Lawson.
Though one of Rob's favorite things to do had become hangin' out with his Little Buddy & son, Shane, the responsibilities of being a husband and father compelled him to make that trek to work each day…just like the rest of us. But there's an important caveat to mention here as Rob not only sauntered off to work, but was also heading to a place where work and friendship melded perfectly for him and made his job a welcomed and inviting environment to make a living. Proud to be a part of what helped keep people on the road in style, Rob was employed by the automotive giant, Chrysler, where he worked as a Stock Manager for over 23 years until his illness made it impossible to continue. But though Rob was gone from the job, the wonderful and caring friendships he forged over the years remained ever-present in his heart and mind. It's always a joy to work at a job you love. But to enjoy a host of friends in the process makes it so much sweeter.
When work or other responsibilities weren't calling Rob's name, he certainly wasn't bashful in answering the call of the outdoors,…a place where he felt a sense of comfort and release. Like many Michigander's, the outdoors offered so much to Rob, and he ate it all up with pleasure. Whether he was taming the landscape atop his rugged four-wheeler, or scouring the trails and back country on his dirt bike, Rob truly knew how to enjoy God's country,…and had a blast doing it, too.
For the pastimes he enjoyed right here at home, Rob found great delight in exercising some of the creative talents he possessed through gardening and woodworking. Being gifted with a bit of a "green thumb," getting his hands dirty for the sake of a beautiful garden was always something he poured his heart and tender-loving-care into for all to enjoy. Another of Rob's favorite pastimes involved working with wood and creating some masterful pieces from the wealth of his artistic eye. Yet of all the pieces that made the most impact to Rob, none could match the elation he felt each time he collaborated on a project with Shane,…most often in the creation of the beautiful birdhouses the Father & Son team produced. And what an awesome skill to teach your son, the finer points of working with wood,…just like Joseph taught his son, Jesus! Very Cool, Rob.
Yet for as devoted and loving as he was to Shane, Rob's most profound love was that which he shared with his soulmate, Natascha. Spending time with her brought him joy beyond expression and an assurance of something stable amidst an ever-quaking world. He forever called her "Beautiful," and she would always respond with "My Love,"…yet these were more than merely pet names for each other, they were endearments straight from the heart. It all stemmed from a relationship that began long ago as high school sweethearts, and simply grew over the years to become the picture of loving-kindness that everyone witnessed in their togetherness.
Rob will also be remembered for his care towards his fellow man and his desire to make a difference in the lives whose paths he crossed. Helping others brought out the best & brightest in Rob, and he was never more fulfilled than when he could help usher in a sense of love and care,…to his family, his host of friends,…or perhaps with someone he knew not. All that mattered to Rob is that he was doing the right thing, at the right time, and always with a right heart as his motivation.
A loving husband, a GREAT father, and a friend to behold, Rob leaves a legacy of love that will be cherished with each reflection shared. Though his departure seems far too soon, the memories he leaves behind will be a beacon amidst the gray times and a pleasant reminder of the fun that went into the creation of many of those memories. Rob rests comfortably now,…may we who mourn do the same as we allow those same arms to hold us close as well.
Rob was the beloved husband of Natascha, and dearest father of Shane Robert Smith. Cherished brother-in-law of Michael Carroll Lail and Yvonne (Kenneth) McCollum, and uncle to Megan and Ashley Blizzard, and Dallas McCollum.
Visitation for Rob will take place on Wednesday, February 1st from 3-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. His Funeral Service will be held Thursday, 11:00 am at the funeral home. Officiating the service will be Pastor Tracy Herald.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcomed to the family of George Robert Smith
Please share memories of George at his memory book above.