Michael Cresap Smith, 87, Bethlehem Steel welder

July 14, 2004

Michael Cresap Smith, a retired welder and former Charles Village resident, died of heart failure Saturday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Austintown, Ohio, where he had lived for the past year. He was 87.

Mr. Smith was raised on Park Avenue in Bolton Hill. He was a descendant of Col. Thomas Cresap, the Maryland frontiersman who befriended George Washington during the French and Indian War.

He was a 1934 graduate of Boys' Latin School and joined the merchant marine in 1939. During World War II, he served on Liberty ships in the Pacific.

In 1946, he became a welder at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard, retiring in 1980.

Mr. Smith, who had lived on East 30th Street, enjoyed collecting model trains, visiting railroad museums and traveling by passenger train.

He was a former communicant of SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Lane Funeral Home in Austintown.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, the former Joan Ruth Hayes; a daughter, Carolyn Louise Smith-Allen of Austintown; three stepdaughters, Beverly Ann Simpson Brown of Abingdon, Mary Frances Simpson Brennan of Silver Spring and Joan Ruth Simpson Berry of Lake Wales, Fla.; a brother, Henry D.C. Smith of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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