Eric D. Smith
COOPERSTOWN — Eric D. Smith, of Cooperstown, died peacefully of a heart attack Sunday Jan. 12, 2014, at his Main Street apartment. He was 42 years old.
Born Dec. 24, 1971, in New York City, Eric was the son of Benjamin F. Harris and Cynthia Smith. When he was several years old he and his family moved to the Oneonta area where he was raised.
Following high school, Eric pursued his lifelong love of cooking and found employment as a cook at a number of area restaurants. Most recently he was the chef at the Cooperstown Back Alley Grill. Although largely self-taught, he was well-known for his meticulous preparations, his wonderful and unique creations and for his unflappable attitude. Even when suddenly faced with a large number of hungry customers Eric would calmly state, “Just a little problem for a big giant.”
Eric or as some of his friends would call him “E-dog,” was a “people person,” he loved socializing and having a good time with friends. His numerous friends will be the first to say that the only things bigger than Eric (who was of large stature) were his smile, his laugh and his heart. He was a person that would truly give you his last dollar or “the shirt off his back” (other than his beloved NY Yankees or NY Giants shirts!) if you needed it.
He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Curry of Graniteville, S.C.; his four children, who he loved, cherished and adored, Erica Falk-Smith of Binghamton, Tavian Falk-Smith of Oneonta, and Quinten and Dayne Bissell-Smith of Oneonta; and by his three siblings, Anthony Smith of Binghamton, Trina Carter-Laurie of Freeport, Long Island, and Dorinda Smith-Harris of South Carolina. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A gathering at which family and friends can meet and share their memories will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Cooperstown Back Alley Grill, Hoffman Lane, in Cooperstown. All are welcome. The family asks that attendees consider bringing a dish to pass — possibly one of Eric’s many creations.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.