Stephen A. Smith, 40, of Elmwood Park, died suddenly of a stroke on April 18, 2012. Born on Feb. 10, 1972, his early years included all of the childhood sports at St. Luke Grade School in River Forest where he was an altar server. While at Oak Park and River Forest High School, he played football and water polo. He was a goalie on the water polo team, his favorite sport.
While at Loras College, he excelled in varsity swimming. During this time, he participated in many triathlons, aspiring one day to do the Iron Man in Hawaii. He attended Arizona State University in Tempe as a business major for two years. Returning to Chicago and DePaul University, he graduated with a degree in Business and Commerce.
From his junior high years, he discovered an interest that would stay with him his whole life, the stock market. Beginning with his class in grade school under the tutelage of Mr. Weber, Steve followed the market and convinced his dad to invest in Disney. That was the beginning of his career and his more recent aspiration to be a commodities advisor and one day begin his own business.
After his father's death and near the end of his life, his goal was to put God first. He accomplished that.
Stephen Smith is survived by his mother, Kathleen ("Kathy"), and his brother, Christopher (Lucy) Smith.
Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 9:15 a.m. until the time of Mass, 10:15 a.m., at St. Luke Church, 528 Lathrop Avenue in River Forest. Interment is private.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.