~WILD HORSES~
The All Rolling Stones Band

In Memory Of Kirt A. Smith
June 19, 1951 - April 25, 2009





Message(s) for the family of Kirt

(Re-posted from Legacy.com, NewcomerRochester.com, and wildhorsesrocks.com)

 

May 26, 2009

 

Kirt, you were my friend and I will miss you. I was always happy to see you and spend time talking with you. I will miss playing golf with you this summer and having a beer down near the water. True, gentle spirits are few and far between in this life. I don't think I will ever be able to pick up my guitar and not think of you in some way. Peace.

 

Bob,
New York


May 05, 2009

 

We just found out about Kirt's passing and are stunned. He was always fun to work with on signage projects. We admired how soft spoken and pleasant he always was, no matter how his day was going. We have worked with him for many years and are very sorry to hear that he had a tough time and is now gone. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family. HE WILL BE MISSED!

From all of us at Creative Plastics,

Carrie, Keith, Curtis, Tom & Kathleen

 

Creative Plastics Inc.,

Rochester, New York


May 03, 2009

 

The Smith Family,

 

I was floored when I heard of Kirt's passing. We had heard that he went through some very serious problems but gosh he was just to young to die.

I met Kirt at the Ridge Pub many years ago. He would always walk in with that charm and charisma that he had. He would always have a smile on his face even if he had a hard day at the drawing table. We would talk about our jobs, kids and hobbies. He loved his music and was always there to help out. He jammed with a few of the bands and even filled in when a band member was ill. He would stay for a couple of beers then he would run home to fix a scrumptious meal. We would always ask him what he was having for dinner that night.

I remember when he met Debi. She made his life complete. He was so excited when he told me of a date he took her on, picnic basket and all. He was so cute, always asked us girls our advice when he was about to buy her something or take her somewhere.

I just cannot believe this has happened. Like the saying goes.....................

ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Debi, Kevin and the rest of the family.

We are so sorry that we missed his wake.

We just found out last night of his passing. He will be missed always.

As Ever,

 

Kathy D'Amico & Doug Young

 

Kathy D'Amico,

Webster, New York

 

April 30, 2009

 

We send our heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. May God smile on Kirt and welcome this wonderful man home. His spirit lives on in many ways, in many people. God bless.

 

Glenn & Lynn Arnold,

Seattle, Washington

 

 April 30, 2009

 

As a co-worker, Kirt was talented and professional. Beyond work, we talked music, guitar and home projects... where Kirt had even more talent & skill. It was a shock to hear Kirt had passed. I'm sure he will be missed.

 

We former Kodakers have been scattered and what I miss most is the daily personal interaction.

 

Jon DelVecchio,

Brockport, New York

 

Debbie Tomczyszyn (debsdawgs@yahoo.com) Thursday, April 30, 2009

 

I met Kirt when I started grooming his 4 legged daughter, Misty. He joked that when he first saw Misty at the shelter, she peed on him as if she were marking her territory. Kirt was one of the kindest men I've ever met. He was so proud of Kevin...always talking about his latest accomplishments. When he fell in love with Debi, he fell hard. I remember when he wanted to buy her something special, I think for a birthday. He bought her a silver puck to use on the bowling machine and had it engraved. Kirt, you have been and always will be respected, loved and cherished by all who were fortunate enough to have known you.

 

Jack Partington (jparting@san.rr.com) Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 

My Wife and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Debi, Kevin, Kirt's mother Mary and the rest of his family. We cannot know the pain that you feel now and we pray that God will comfort you in this trying time.

I was lucky to meet Kirt in college, at Alfred State, but I didn't really spend much time with him until the mid/late 70's, and I also became housemates with him and Randy Writz for a year. Kirt was great fun to be with and a very kind and friendly guy. Everyone liked Kirt. I lost touch with him from 1979 until 2007 when, through Randy, we regained contact and emailed back and forth. It was great to hear about his musical path and his family. My Wife never met Kirt, but feels like she knows him through the "tall tales" I've told. I'll miss Kirt very much and I'm so saddened by his loss.

This sadness will pass someday but I'll still miss him, and I'll look back with a smile on my face thinking of the fun we had and what a great and personable guy he was. And I'll bet Kirt wants that for everyone.

God bless Kirt and God bless you and your family.

 

Randy Writz (rwritz@mindspring.com)  Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 

Our deepest sympathies to Debi, Kevin and their families. Kirt was like a brother to me and I am grateful to have had such a great friend in my life. From our adventurous times together in college, having him beside me as my best man, playing music together to lift others up and all the special times in between are memories I will forever cherish. Thank you for being my friend and for inspiring those around you with your kindness, music and caring nature.

 

Randy, Sue and Terra Writz

 

Paul McIntyre (paulmmcintyre@gmail.com)  Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 

I couldn't have been more fortunate than to have had a friend like Kirt. For five years once a week he gave me free guitar lessons. He taught me everything he could. I knew him to be incredibly selfless and kind hearted. It is a rare person who will take the time to pour out their time to teach a goofy 8th grader how to play the guitar. He didn't even know me when we started. Even when I wasn't very good, he encouraged me that I would be a great player some day. I would give anything just to sit and play with him in his garden one more time and hang out a little. Deb, my prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

 

Grace & Peace

Paul

 

Shirley (shijkir@mail.com)  Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 

I've been best friends with Debi for a long time. I feel privileged to be one of the first to experience the beginning of a Beautiful Friendship and Marriage between 2 wonderful people. I can't help remembering a concert that my husband and I attended…Kirt with his Guitar, with the look of happiness on his face...and watching Debi looking on with admiration and love as the band played. Kirt and Debi....it has not ended....you will be together again...someday in eternity. My love and prayers to you and your family.

 

April 29, 2009

 

Uncle Kirt,

Thank you for sharing your time, opening your home and your heart to me and my son. The stories you shared with me have helped me be a better dad. You were a loving father, a devoted husband and a great friend to a lot of people. I enjoyed the talks we had in the back yard. You were too young but I know you are in a better place. You will be missed by many. We love and miss you. Tim and Josh

 

Tim Carey,

Scottsville, New York

 

April 29, 2009

 

From long ago, there are so many memories of a friend: an old Ford Falcon, Penny Arcade, Winchester Street, playing guitar, countless friends, family, Kirt and Randy. Then, years later, meeting a little boy named Kevin who touched my heart.

 

Rest well, dear friend.

 

My very deepest sympathy to Kirt’s family.

 

Karen Tichenor,

Honeoye Falls, New York

 

Debi Smith (debisunshine@aol.com)  Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 

Kirt, since I met you, all I could think about was making you happy. I wanted to see your smile and hear your laughter. I wanted to kiss away old hurts and hold you until you knew without a doubt that this was for real. I want to memorize the sound of your voice and the dreams of your heart. More than anything else, I wanted to make you happier than you had ever been before, and give you all the things that you truly deserved. Always remember, my love, that you are my heart and always will be.

 

April 29, 2009

 

To the Smith family,

We are so sad to hear about Kirt. Sue, I remember going to your house when we were in elementary school and Kirt would be cleaning his Plymouth Roadrunner. He was such on kind person. He is going to be most sadly missed. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

 

Jim and Sandi Robinson,

Greece, New York

 

Dan said:   April 29th, 2009 8:25 am

 

So sorry to hear of Kirt's passing. He will be missed.

 

David M. Kramer (dmk55@frontiernet.net)             Tuesday, April 28, 2009

 

The day the music died. I’m going to deeply miss my friend Kirt, along with his terrific sense of humor and intellect I will always hold in my heart his musical talents. An accomplished pianist and guitarist he could take you to new places in your heart and mind. From my wife Linda and I our heart felt wishes to Debi and family members. Goodbye to my friend, a very special person.

 

Sue Cooke (sue.cooke@lifethc.com)             Tuesday, April 28, 2009

 

Susan and family,

 

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sue

 

John    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

 

My dad, who Kirt knew and loved, taught me that when you lose someone dear to you the best possible tribute is to adopt some of the qualities that the person embodied and, in doing so, become a living testimony to their life. I will strive to love better, to be more kind, more understanding and more available to others. These things, and many more, I learned from Kirt over the past 30 years. So many nights when we would rehearse he would nudge us into playing Love is Strong. It wasn't because we played it so well I assure you! It was because he loved the lyrics and he would always say at then end..."That song is about my wife." The last line of each verse ends with the perfect statement about you two..."We make a beautiful team, a beautiful team." Love is a long road Deb, your journey together continues...he's just over the horizon waiting...patiently, sweetly waiting. Peace and Love to You both. jd

 

April 28, 2009

 

KIRT, U WERE A GREAT GUY. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.

 

DWIGHT &LINDA JENNEJAHN,

ROCHESTER, New York

 

April 28, 2009

 

Thank you for the music, friend. Be at peace.

 

April 28, 2009

 

Kirt, thanks for some great memories when we were housemates (also with Randy) in the late seventies. I'll always remember the too loud guitar jam sessions, your old Toyota Corolla that had lots of "personality", the daytrip to 1000 Islands and the ever-present state of calm and understanding you carried. I was lucky to have re-established contact with you after so long. It is so very sad to suddenly say goodbye. My wife and I send our prayers and our heartfelt condolences to your family and all your friends. May God bless you.

 

Jack Partington,

San Diego, California

 

April 28, 2009

 

I first met Kirt in 1977. I've had the pleasure to work with him on and off for over 25 years. Kirt was a man of very many talents, from his music, to his gardening and yard work, to his love of cooking and food. He would always bring in lunch from home, usually something he had cooked up the night before, and the whole office would smell so good. Many times he would offer up a taste, and no matter what it was, it always was as good as it smelled. He was always a very talented, caring and considerate man. We've missed him at work, and now the world will miss him. Debbie, Kevin, my thoughts, prayers and my sympathies are with you.

 

Don MacLeod,

Piffard, New York

 

April 28, 2009

 

Kirt I will miss you a lot, you were more like a brother than a friend. I loved playing music with you, Thanks for being my friend. The good memories are too many to count. Heaven has a great guitar player. My deepest sympathy’s to Debbie and Kevin.

with love Randy Writz and family

 

Randy Writz,

Roaming Shores, Ohio

 

April 28, 2009

 

Kirt was a very a very wonderful man...Our Love and prayers are with you Debi, and to all your family.

 

Love, Tom and Shirley Kirchgessner

  

April 28, 2009

 

I think of Kirt as a gentle soul in a harsh world...a man who had a very rich life and his wealth had nothing to do with money. He lived first and foremost for Debbie. His love for her was all consuming. Beyond that, a love of music, shared stories with friends and a sincere appreciation of lives simplest treasures...a sunny day, a home cooked meal, working in the yard. Be at peace, my friend.

 

Bobby O'Brien,

Rochester, New York

 

Cole said:   April 28th, 2009 10:14 am

 

Godspeed, Kirt. Save a spot up there for me.

 

Bobby said:   April 28th, 2009 9:52 am

 

Kirt....I wish your journey to lasting peace had not been so difficult. You knew what was important in life and you savored all the simple pleasures and beauty that so many people can't see. I know you searched a long, long time for peace in your heart and in your mind and I hope and believe that you have that peace now. ”So take me to the station and put me on a train. I got No Expectations to pass through here again". (RS '69)

 

April 28, 2009

 

Kirt,

Thank you for your gift of friendship over the years and for teaching us all how to love unconditionally. Rest in Peace, my friend and we will all continue to watch over & take care of Debi for you. She will never be alone.

 

Wendy Robinson,

Rochester, New York

 

Wendy Robinson (wendylrob@yahoo.com)  Monday, April 27, 2009

 

Debi & Family

 

I hope you know what an inspiration you & Kirt have been to us. You both have taught us what it is to love unselfishly. The love you shared will always be with you. This has been a long difficult haul for all, but for no one as much as you. Take comfort in the fact that Kirt touched us all and has changed us all for the better.

 

Wendy & Bobby

 

Wendy said:   April 27th, 2009 6:46 pm

 

Rest in peace, Kirt. You will not be forgotten.

 

Jack P. in San Diego said:   April 27th, 2009 5:29 pm

 

It is with great sadness to hear of Kirt Smith's passing Saturday night. He was a wonderful human being and far too young to leave us. I am lucky to have known him. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends in Rochester. Rest in peace, Kirt.