Robert D. “Bob” Smalley

| July 17, 2017

Robert D. “Bob” Smalley, 55, a resident of 106 Beechwood Drive, Titusville, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at Marquette Hospice House in Meadville, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 28, 1961, a beloved son of the late Billy O. and Shirley (Deeter) Smalley. He attended the Oil City schools.

Bob was well known in the area as an experienced tree trimmer, and was lovingly referred to as “The Tree Monkey.”

He had worked for Hazlett, Asplundh, and Nelson Tree Services and Davey Tree Co. of Connecticut.

Some of his toughest jobs were working with his brother, Fred, who claimed to have taught him everything he knew. It made for interesting family conversations.

Being the youngest of three brothers, Bob had a salty-sweet personality and could transition from one to the other as events unfolded.

His nieces and nephews saw the “sweet” Uncle Bob more often than not, and he always showed an interest in their lives.

Bob’s walls had many photos of family that he always kept with him wherever he went.

Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting whenever he could. Many times family was treated with a fresh catch of fish. He could fillet a fish just like his dad.

In life many are faced with devastating diagnoses, and Bob faced his cancer with dignity and grace.

We want to thank our Lord for his promise of salvation and eternal life, and also those who helped Bob out in this life, especially Doug Nichols.

Thank you to Dr. Wilkins for his compassion, concern, and assistance in placing Bob at the Marquette Hospice House, where he received superior care in a beautiful environment.

Bob is survived by three sisters, Patricia (William) Hunt, of Wallaceville, Mary (Arthur) Kellogg, of Dempseytown and Brenda (Fred) Niederriter of Venus; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Winters; and by three brothers, Fredrick, Thomas and Gary Smalley.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Mount Carmel Tabernacle at Dempseytown, where funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dana Lewis officiating.

Private interment will follow in Lamey Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home, 1328 Elk Street, Franklin.

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