Lawrence Cooper Smith, 71, of Penn Township died Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Larry was born on January 23, 1949 in Monongahela to the late Cooper and Mildred (Tropek) Smith. He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in Harrison City. Surviving are his wife Linda (Scaccia) Smith; son Aaron and his wife Jenna; daughter Natalie; son Timothy and his wife Yeji; three grandchildren Harper, Graham, and Hailey; three sisters Constance Zonca of Bethel Park, Darlene and husband Dale Crail of New Kensington, and Marie and husband Richard Ripepi of Monongahela and several nieces and nephews. Larry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1973. After college, he began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Larry progressed through positions of increasing responsibility at Westinghouse. He authored a number of Westinghouse internal reports and published a number of papers externally. He managed an operation with personnel in Pittsburgh, Hartford, Connecticut, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was well respected and known for his problem-solving abilities and fairness. Larry retired from Westinghouse in 2015 after 42 years with the company. During his retirement, Larry served on the Advisory Committee for Chemical Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, Pirate baseball, Pitt football, gardening, and coin collecting. He loved beach vacations with his wife, children, and grandchildren and traveling to Aruba. The family suggests memorial donations be made to The Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease, 3459 Fifth Avenue, 628 NW, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Checks should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh. The family will have a private viewing and plan to have a mass and celebration of life later this year. Arrangements entrusted to LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, PA 15636. Online condolences can be given at www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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