The Reverend Paul F. Smith died on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
Paul Francis Smith was born on 22 June 1947. Son of Anne Marie (Scharf) and the late William J. Smith. He was educated at St. Mark, Cleveland, Borromeo Seminary High School, Wickliffe, Borromeo Seminary College, Wickliffe and St. Mary Seminary, Wickliffe. On 9 June 1973 in St. Paschal Baylon Church, Highland Hts., Bishop Clarence G. Issenmann ordained him to the priesthood for the service of the Diocese of Cleveland.
Fr. Smith’s first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Bernadette, Cleveland. During this assignment he served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Cuyahoga County Suburban West Deanery. On 29 June 1978 he was transferred to serve as Parochial Vicar of St. Christopher, Rocky River. He was assigned Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Rocky River on 8 October 1981. On 28 June 1984 Fr. Smith was assigned Parochial Vicar of St. Angela Merici , Fairview Park. During this assignment he also served as Administrator pro tem from 4 January 1988 to 1 May 1989. He was assigned to serve as Parochial Vicar of St. Gregory the Great, S. Euclid on 14 June 1989. On 7 January 1991 Fr. Smith was transferred to St. Ambrose, Brunswick to serve as Parochial Vicar. On 20 June 1995 he was assigned Parochial Vicar of St. Peter, N. Ridgeville. On 13 November 1995 he was appointed Administrator pro tem of St. Patrick, Thompson. Fr. Smith was appointed Pastor of St. Patrick, Thompson on 17 March 1996. On 9 April 2012 he was appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Thomas More, Brooklyn. He concluded this assignment on 27 April 2015 and was granted a medical leave of absence to attend to his personal health .
The wake will begin with visitation on Sunday, 11 October 2015 at McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home of Westlake, 25620 Center Ridge Rd., from 2-8 pm. Vespers will be celebrated on Monday, 12 October in St. Thomas More Church, 4170 N. Amber Dr., Brooklyn, OH 44144 at 3:00 p.m. and visitation will continue until 7:00 p.m. Bishop Roger Gries will be the presider and Rev. Frank G. Godic will be the homilist. Visitation will resume on Tuesday 13 October from 9:30 until 10:45 am. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, 13 October in St. Thomas More Church at 11:00 a.m. Bishop Richard Lennon will be the main celebrant and Fr. Paul J. Rosing will be the homilist. Interment will be at Holy Cross, Brook Park.
May Fr. Smith and all our bishops, priests and deacons who have died live forever in the joy of the Resurrection .
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