I was born at Meadville Medical Center, and have lived in Saegertown all my life. My father Jay Smith owned Smith Brothers Machine and Tool. My mother Neva worked for my dad for many years. After I graduated my mom became my first employee! My mom worked for me for many years until my dad’s health declined and she took time to be with him. My dad passed away in 2007 and my mom came back to work for several years. Mom passed away in 2020. I miss them and think about them every day.
It was during dental school that I met my wife Deb, here in Meadville. We were married in 1987 between my second and third year of dental school and moved back to Saegertown to my grandmother’s house. Deb is an accountant and takes care of all of the business parts of the practice that I hate. Yes, we work together every day and drive home together and still enjoy each other’s company. We certainly are a team and I could not imagine practicing without her.
Just before graduation, in 1989, our son Zack was born. Having Zack was certainly a life changer! I fondly remember the days of laying on the floor reading my Orthodontic journals while Zack would lay on my back, watching cartoons until he fell asleep. Some of our favorites were Dark Wing Duck and The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. Zack graduated from Saegertown High School in 2007. He then achieved a B.S in Psychology from Penn State Behrend in 2011. Zack worked in social service with Autistic children until he went back to further his education and graduated in 2020 from Portland State with a Master’s Degree in Education.
In 1994, our second son, Derek, was born. As a child Derek had eczema and asthma problems. However, his health concerns were not serious and only made him stronger. Derek is the ultimate trivia player to have on your team. He was captain of the High Q team at Saegertown and we were able to see him compete at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Saegertown in 2012 he attended The University of Ohio in Athens, Ohio where he earned a dual degree in Journalism and Political Science
I could not be prouder of my boys!
In 1996 we purchased an old run down house that was undergoing a renovation. The Winters’ family would buy dilapidated houses and renovate them until someone would step in and buy the house and finish the project. It has been a life’s work! I would like to say after all these years we are finished. However, I cannot. Deb and I are continually working on the house and gardens.
When it comes to my free time, we are a seasonal family. During the summer Deb and I spend much of our time with flowers. We divide, plant, prune, and deadhead for hours. But that makes the time that we spend on our patio and porch much more gratifying. I like to listen to my 90’s grunge music and arena rock; explains the office music! Fall is about sports. The entire family, including sons, nephews, nieces and their children root for the Green Bay Packers. If you see a Packer coat around town be aware, they are probably related. Also, October is the start of hockey and we are fanatics for our Penguins. During the winter I snowboard and Deb skis. We go to Peek-n-Peak every weekend possible to enjoy the snow. This is one of my great passions. Spring? Well we sit inside and watch Disney+ because you can’t snowboard and you can’t enjoy being outside when it’s 33 and raining! During this time we try to escape to our other love….Disney World.