In Memory of Daniel Laurence Smith
Danny Smith was 47 years old when his life was tragically taken from him on the morning of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. He was orphaned by age 15 and despite what must have been enormous difficulties for him and his three siblings, Susan, Mc Carthy, and Sean, he went on to build a loving family and successful career. He met his future wife, Mary Harkin, while they were students at Fordham University in the Bronx. The love for his wife was expressed through things large and small. Together they had two children, Elizabeth, and Michael, who were 14 and 12, at the time of their father’s death. Every year, Danny carried on a tradition of baking a homemade birthday cake for this wife.
In May of 2001, Danny underwent heart bypass surgery and had given his wife Mary written notes to his children in case he did not survive. But there had been no need to do so: he emerged a healthy man, no doubt through the love and support of his family. But Mary had kept the notes, even after Danny had gone to work for Euro Brokers at the World Trade Center in July 2001. After Danny’s death, Mary gave her children the notes, which expressed his fatherly love and let them know that he would always be with them.
This evening, 9/11/09 at 8PM, in East Northport, NY, Danny and other local residents will be remembered along with all of the victims of 9/11 at a Commemoration Ceremony at the East Northport Fire Department and the East Northport Chamber of Commerce.