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Martin Smith

Martin Smith, 79, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on 18 March 2019.

The Funeral was held at The David Oppenheim Memorial Chapel at Machpelah Cemetery, 21701 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220 on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Harold Loss officiated. Interment at Machpelah Cemetery.

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The family of Martin Smith will gather on Wednesday only, March 20 at the residence of Chuck Newman, 2648 Roseland, Ann Arbor MI 48103. The phone number is 734-761-1693.

Family will begin to gather at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

Family members include:
Loving partner of Nancy Terry. Cherished father of Eileen Smith (Jery Hamm) and David (Stephanie) Smith. Loving Grandpa Marty of Tristen Smith, Paige Smith and Jacob Smith. Dear brother of Norman (Sandy) Smith. Also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Cecille Pearl.

Marty Smith was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 20, 1939, to Seymour and Lillian Smith. He spent the first 21 years of his life in Brooklyn, graduating from Erasmus Hall high school in 1957 and Brooklyn College in 1960. In Brooklyn, he met his future wife, Cecille, and developed a lifelong passion for the BROOKLYN Dodgers, never fully recovering from their 1957 abduction by his arch-nemesis, Walter O’Malley. He came to Ann Arbor in 1960 to attend the University of Michigan Law School, from which he graduated in 1963.

In addition to practicing law, Marty was for many years a part of the Ann Arbor and Southeastern Michigan theater scene, performing both amateur and professional roles. An all-time favorite was Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, a character with whom he would readily admit to having much in common. He was also particularly proud of his work inOld Wicked Songs, in which he played Holocaust survivor Professor Josef Mashkan. Marty’s boundless talent also found expression in stand-up comedy. Performing across lower Michigan and the Windsor area, he was active until the last year of his life. He was also a masterful song parodist and creator of more serious original songs, mostly in a country style.

Of all his accomplishments, Marty was most proud of his children, Eileen and David, and his three grandchildren, Tristen, Paige and Jacob. He had one brother, Norman, who shared Marty’s love of words and of the law. In the latter half of his life, Marty was the beneficiary of an inspired matchmaking effort and met Nancy, who would be his partner for the rest of his life. Marty was also fortunate to have a wonderful group of friends, ironically called the Schmucks, whose loyalty and friendship were deeply appreciated.

Beginning sometime in 2018, Marty began to suffer from cognitive impairment, which resulted in his withdrawal from the local scene and from his Facebook friends. He struggled valiantly but ultimately lost the battle. Despite his illness, he remained committed to his lifelong ideals of social justice and the rule of law; anyone wishing to honor Marty’s life and continue his work is encouraged to contribute to the Democratic Party.