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Anthony Keith Smith

Anthony Keith Smith died Friday November 27, 2020 at Envoy at Thornton Hall Norfolk, Virginia

Anthony Keith Smith was born October 14, 1957 in Bed Stuy Brooklyn, New York and departed this earth November 27th, 2020.  He was the second of four children born to Matthew and Shirley Smith. He was always known by his middle name Keith to all family and friends.

Keith grew up on 215th Street in Queens Village, New York after the family moved to Queens in 1968. His early childhood education was at Catholic School, he went to Sts. Joachim & Anne Parochial School.  He attended Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica Queens where he developed an affinity for fixing typewriters and playing basketball.  After graduating High School, he worked at a typewriter repair shop and after a couple of years, purchased the business from the owner who was retiring.  He was a business owner at 19-20 years old.  He owned the business for a few years, and unfortunately with technology there was no longer a need for typewriters. He spent the rest of his work life mostly working as a parts manager for Ford Motor dealerships.

Anthony was very close with his three siblings and his parents.  He was briefly married, but did not have any biological children.  He was happy enough being uncle to his nieces and nephews. A few things everyone knew about him were; he loved to eat, he’d do anything for his family and those he considered family, and he was honest to a fault. He never pulled any punches.

Keith is preceded in death by his father Matthew Smith, mother Shirley Smith and brother Vincent Smith. 

He is survived by his Brother Tyrone Smith, sister Cynthia Smith-Hickenbottom (Durward), nieces, nephews, grandnieces, aunts, uncle, cousins and in-laws.

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I first met the Smith family when my family moved to 215th Street in the summer / fall of 1971. I became acquainted through their next-door neighbor, Keith Vassar.
My primary interaction was with Tyrone and Keith as Vincent was much older and Cynthia was a few years younger. We bonded through sports. Tyrone loved football and baseball (also whiffle ball) and Keith was really good at playing basketball, I always wanted to be on Keiths team because I was short and not that good and he always won. Keith was older than us but always made time for conversation. My parents, particularly my mother, were very impressed with Keith, given the fact that at his young age he was an accomplished entrepreneur. Although I have not communicated with Keith for many years I am saddened by the news of his passing. My he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to the Smith family.

Steve Russell Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

I remember it was the latter part of the 1970s when I was introduced to the Smith Family by Raymond S.Foster by young man I was dating. What a close knit Family..Vincent always asking questions with Raymond about the Marines ...keith always thinking about ways to make money.and Tyrone was always off to himself.Poor Cythina the baby girl did stand a chance.But I do believe Keith would be the one that would side with her when everyone else was getting her thumbs down.I enjoyed talking to.keith because he was a thinking and he always had good ideas...to me he will always be a Business man...rest in peace until we meet again Joyce

Joyce Vanderhorst-Gamble Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

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