Bradley Ray Smith, 68, of Wyoming, RI passed away peacefully June 1st at RI Hospital. He was a loving son of Arthur Ray Smith and the late Dorothy (Perry) Smith. He was a graduate of Chariho Regional High School and Marietta College in Ohio.
Brad was a resident of Wyoming, RI his entire life. His love of antiques led him to start Bradley R. Smith Antiques in 1962. He was extremely knowledgeable of antiques and history of the period. His expertise and enthusiasm led others to appreciate them as well. Brad was a published author of “Country Antiques, A Child’s Guide” with his dear and talented friend, Kit Sagendorf, as the illustrator.
A true believer in Christmas magic, celebrating the Christmas season was especially important to Brad. He would discover new ways to make each year exceptionally special for his family and friends. His Holiday displays of antiques and memorabilia were pageantry that was uniquely Brad.
He brought excitement to everything he did. Those closest to Brad knew that he was a master Johnny Cake maker with an eternally eclectic soul. He was truly larger than life and brightened up any room he entered. His laugh was contagious. He was selfless in his devotion to loved ones and was the happiest enjoying the simple pleasures of summer with family and friends at Pachaug Pond in CT. Brad will be most affectionately remembered for greeting people with a personalized “Hello”, a hallmark that perfectly balances genuine excitement with a welcoming kindness. However, there was never a more humble man. He always put others before himself and always with such love and thoughtfulness.
Bradley is survived by his father, Arthur Ray Smith of Ft. Myers, FL, a brother, Randall A. Smith of Wyoming, RI, a nephew, Dane Smith of Canton, MA and a niece, Erica Smith of North Kingstown, RI and many close family and friends.
There will be a graveside service at Wood River Cemetery, 85 Nooseneck Hill Rd. in Richmond, RI on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:00AM.