Bradley David Smith
August 15, 1987 - September 30, 2020
Bradley David Smith
Age 33, of Economy Borough, passed away at home suddenly, after a long health struggle
with his parents at his side. Brad was born on August 15, 1987 and greeted the world 5 weeks early and has had that ‘surprise, here I am’ personality his whole life. Brad was a very compassionate man and always saw the good in everyone. He had a great sense of humor and a belly laugh that would bring joy to all of those who heard it. As a child, his humor puzzled other children, but made adults laugh out loud.
Brad was an Eagle Scout and achieved this rank with determination and struggle. He loved to camp, hike, canoe and fish. As his abilities declined, he continued to participate, progressing from walker to wheelchair to power chair. Even as an adult he was active in the troop and went to summer camp using his power wheelchair and adult tricycle to get around camp. As an adult he was always up for any adventure in the outdoors and would travel around in his power wheelchair through any terrain. He loved to sit and sing around the campfire, just relax and enjoy the outdoors and sleep under the stars. He loved our family and Scout adventures in Kipawa, Quebec and would have visited more if possible.
Brad loved to read and was also a prolific story writer. He included friends, family and ex-teachers as characters both good and bad. His alter ego had a souped-up wheelchair, who saved the day, and always got the girl.
He loved all kinds of music in all kinds of genre from 70’s Rock to Country, Gospel, Contemporary and Pop. With his incredible memory he remembered the lyrics to hundreds of songs – word for word. He could also remember the names of anyone he met as well as when he met them and what they were doing when they met, even years later.
Brad loved all creatures four legged. He volunteered for many years at Animal Friends as a dog walker. He loved the neighborhood dogs that he would visit on our walks.
Brad enjoyed participating on the Adult Miracle League team in Cranberry Township, playing on many teams with the same group of young adults for 10 years.
Through all of Brad’s trials, he has approached life with dignity, grace and acceptance. He was active in his Catholic faith and attended St. Ferdinand as a lifetime member. We find comfort in knowing that Brad is enjoying his “forever home” beside Jesus and loved ones.
Brad was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Roberta Smith, and his maternal grandfather Robley (Rip) Campbell.
He is survived by his parents, Jeffrey and Jeannie (Campbell) Smith of Economy Borough, his sister Milena Smith of Norfolk, Virginia and his maternal grandmother, Eleanora Campbell of Economy Borough. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services and burial are private, but we look forward to having a life celebration at a later date. Donations can be made in his name to Boy Scout Troop 414 of Economy Borough c/o Rehoboth Lutheran Church, 2800 Conway Wallrose Road, Baden, PA 15005-2306.