Erik Van Smith, of Harrington, passed away August 22, 2018 at Bayhealth – Milford Memorial, at the age of 71. He was the son of the late Arthur and Gertrude Smith.
Erik spent many years proudly serving with the North Plainfield, NJ fire department; he always felt a kinship with any fellow fireman regardless where they were from. Later, he was a member of the Forrest Hill Horseshoe Club of Maryland.
Erik started work with Eastern Stainless Steel Company as a salesman prior to turning his woodworking hobby into a full time manufacturing company, Hartman Woodcraft.
In his spare time, Erik enjoyed dirt track racing, Nascar, ice hockey and computer games such as Pinball. He liked to spend time sitting in his three season room watching wildlife. Erik was great debater who gave good advice when needed. He portrayed a tough exterior but those who knew him, saw his generous heart and devotion to his family.
Erik is survived by his loving wife and life partner of 41 years, Daryl Smith; sister, Sandy; nephew, Michael Pear; nieces: Jessica Herrman and Laura Varela; great nephews, Christopher Pear and James Varela; and great nieces, Brighid Varela and Rhianna Varela.
A Celebration of Life Service will take place at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Hwy., Harrington, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 1 PM, with a visitation for family and friends starting 1 hour prior.
Donations can be made in honor of Erik to: American Lung Association at http://www.lung.org/ or American Heart Association at https://www.heart.org/, in place of flowers.
Arrangements are by the Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home Inc, Harrington, DE. Visit us at www.melvinfuneralhome.com to sign a condolence book.