Daniel "Danny" Joseph Smith, age 68 of Galveston, Texas passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009 at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday, May 29, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A rosary and vigil service will be held at 6:30 pm with Deacon John Pistone officiating.
Danny was born July 15, 1940 in Galveston, Texas. He began his career working for WA Kelso and Texas Gulf Construction until the early 1970's. When he was hired as Vice President of Sullivan & Associates, he was involved in the initial development of Campeche Cove Housing Community, where he moved his family and became the first resident of the subdivision. In 1975, he and his brother, Patrick Smith, of Galveston, purchased D & M Poultry Egg & Seafood Company which serviced many of Galveston's local restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals until the mid 1990's. Along with his best friend, Wayne Byrd, he owned and operated Fish N' Chips Seafood Restaurant. In 1989 he purchased Malin Construction Company where he and his two sons worked side by side along with many of his good friends and employees repairing ships in the port of Galveston until he retired and sold the business in 2006. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, The Propeller Club of Galveston, The Knights of Columbus, The Board of Equalization, The Board of Tax Reinvestment Zone, The Our Lady of Guadalupe Men's Club where he was president, The Galveston Coffee Club, Knights of Regina, Knights of Momus, and The Krewe of Gambrinus where he was crowned King Gambrinus IV.
Danny was also well known and popular as a musician in Galveston. He started playing music while attending Ball High School in the 1950's. He continued his musical career and love of music up until his death. During this time he made a great many friends who shared his appreciation for Southern Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. Over the years he played with such bands as "The Evertones," "Interstate 45," "Pewee Bowen and Danny Smith," and "Danny Smith and the Post Office Street Allstars."
Danny is preceded in death by his father Archie Odell Smith, his mother Grace O'Neal Smith and sister-in-law Doris Covington Smith. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sophia Weiser Smith and his three children; son Stuart Stephen Smith and wife Catherine Zara Smith of Galveston, son Sherwin Stanton Smith and wife Tiffany McIntyre Smith of Galveston; his daughter Sabrina Smith Owens and husband Steven Daniel Owens of Galveston; his grandchildren Stephen Joseph Smith, Christen Renee Smith, Mason Travis Owens, Matthew Tyler Owens, Grace Diane Smith and Carson Riley Smith; his brother Patrick Odell Smith and his Aunt and Uncle Maisie and I.V. Garrison of Fort Worth, Texas and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Byrd, Jimmy Pruitt, Aaron Weiser, John Lee Sullivan, Tommy Smith, Billy O'Conner, Steven Owens, and Ronnie Graber. Honorary Pallbearers and the beloved members of the band include Alan Delgado, Julio Garcia Bynum, Dale Williams, Sonny Edwards, Ray Espinosa, Floyd Richard, Pewee Bowen, Ralph Lafron, Robert Gonzales, Clarence Saha, Dale Gothia, Frank Perez, Alex Villareal and all of the wonderful guys who have played with Danny over the years.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, O'Connell High School, The American Heart Association, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or a charity of your choice.