Dwane R. Smith

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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dwane Richard Smith, age 64, of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on December 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his three children, Greg, Mike, and Zach, his niece Corrine, his nephew Chris, and a number of friends.

Dwane, known affectionately by some as “Dewey,” grew up on the lower west side of Cleveland but lived in Parma for the last few years of his life. He was one of the heads of maintaince at The Parmatown Mall for close to two decades, a position he was proud of. There wasn’t many things that Dwane couldn’t build or fix and he was always quick to help out the many vendors when they needed some work done.

Dwane had a thick outer shell and while he struggled to show it, he was a softy at heart and he lived for his three sons.

Dwane loved relaxing after work with a cold beer. He had a passion for collecting antique radios and old photographs. Dwane also enjoyed creating art and had an incredible love for classic and alternative rock music.

One thing that Dwane always wanted to do was to properly learn how to play the drums, and so in lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to his GoFundMe.  https://gofund.me/6c630970  All donations from this point on will be sent to Rock Town Music Academy in Lorain, Ohio. A scholarship will be created in his honor to ensure that youth can receive adequate music lessons and live out their dreams.

Our family is grateful to know that Dwane is finally at peace, hopefully somewhere out there sharing a couple of cold ones with his best friend, his late brother Mike.

A celebration of life will be held at Gargano’s Catering — 3484 West 25th Street in Cleveland — on February 5, 2023 from 12pm-7pm, and all are welcome.

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