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Obituary for William Morris Smit, Jr. "Will"

William Morris Smit, Jr. "Will"
Willam Morris Smit, Jr. “Will”
Smit, Jr., Willam Morris “Will” Fortified with Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Beloved son Mary Kathryn “Kay” (nee Hynes) and William M. Smit Sr., loving grandson of Rosemary Hynes and the late Terry Hynes; and the late Mary Derrick Smit, and the late Lester Smit; cherished nephew of Carole Ann (William) Fogarty and Elizabeth “Lizz” (Philip) Chamberlain; dear cousin of William (Megan) Fogarty, Katie (Tom Hopke) Fogarty and Mary Chamberlain; loving second cousin, great nephew and friend to many.

Will came into this world bolting out of the gate with a voracious zest for life. As a child, Will’s interests ranged from “Choo Choo’s", sharks, reptiles-having at least 2 snakes at any one period, to hockey. As a young person, he ventured out to play baseball, football, and tennis.

In addition, he became passionate about music, learned to play the guitar, and sang in both the Mary Queen of Peace Choir and the Archdiocesan Choir. Later after retiring from singing, he joined the Hand Bell choir at Mary Queen. While at SLUH, he exercised SLUH’s AMDG motto through his activities in Youth in Government, Boys State, Communication Director of The Young Conservatives, and his most heartfelt adventure, The Kino Border Mission Project in Nogales Arizona and Mexico. Will was also so honored to play baseball, tennis and most of, football for SLUH where he just loved being part of the incredible camaraderie and team spirit as well as championing the challenges each sport possessed. His last and most ardent adventure became surfing in Santa Barbara where he was living his dream attending college and studying film. Will soared with happiness when he surfed the waves, it was as if he reached a harmonious pinnacle of mind, body and spirit that gave him such a sense of bliss and tranquility.

Will was a friend to all whom he met. He was a modern day Mr. Rogers who only saw the good in people. He made every single day a little more fun, and filled with light and happiness for all whom he encountered. If he came upon someone who was having a bad day, he would say “Hey dude, just look at the ocean, there are no bad days out there!”

Will’s kindred heart and free spirit enabled him to experience life in many facets, like a simple but beautifully exquisite diamond sparkling and shining everywhere, especially in his happy place riding the waves in Santa Barbara where his spirit will remain eternally.

Memorial Mass 10:30 am Saturday, March 2, at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 676 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in Will’s name to St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis MO 63110. Visitation Friday, March 1 from 4-8:00 pm at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood.
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