Bruce T. Smith Jr. passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, of a sudden heart attack at his home near Sunbury. He was just 54 years old.
Bruce will be greatly missed by Connie S. (Ranck), his wife of 29 years, his two sons, Andrew J. and Aaron M., in whom he took great pride, and the community as a whole.
He was born Sept. 25, 1962. Bruce was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. He is survived by his parents, Bruce T. Sr. and Connie J. (Klinger) Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Myron Brubaker and their children, Ashley and Craig; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Terri and Mike Klinger; his mother-in-law, Donna Ranck; and his work family, Tea Jay Aikey, Jeff Shaffer, and James King.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Betty Klinger; paternal grandparents, Clifford and Claire Smith; Uncle James Klinger; and fathe-in-law, Elwood Ranck.
Bruce was a 1980 graduate of Shikellamy High School and SUN Area Vocational-Technical School. He earned an associate's degree in business management from Susquehanna University in 1997 and later graduated from Development Marking Associates in Woodland Park, Colorado, where he became a certified development professional.
He joined the Central PA Chamber of Commerce, Milton, in 2007 and became the president and CEO in 2014. Bruce worked diligently to support local businesses and bring more to the area. He was committed to having an impact in his community and served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army of Milton, the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, and the Northumberland County Industrial Development Association. Additionally, he was the vice president of the Milton Rotary and was the club's incoming president.
Bruce's fondest memories were those he spent on annual family vacations to the Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, Del. He kept these moments close to him and often shared how the beach, lighthouses, and ocean helped him to relax. He and Connie took a treasured beach vacation with their lifelong friends, Chris and Amy Minnich in March.
When asked how he was doing, Bruce often responded with "I'm living the dream." He was humble, yet grateful for the opportunities life afforded him and ever thankful for sharing it with his family. His kind, gentle nature graced him with endless friends and colleagues.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church, 967 Mile Hill Road, Sunbury. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Burial will be in Lantz Emmanuel Church Cemetery outside of Sunbury.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in his memory to the Central PA Business & Education Association, 30 Lawton Lane, Milton PA 17847, or to the Milton Salvation Army, P.O. Box 178 Milton, PA 17847, or to CIES Program of SUNCOM Industries Inc., P.O. Box 46, Northumberland, PA 17857.
Published on May 8, 2017