Gerard Smerka, Sr.

Obituary of Gerard Smerka, Sr.

Gerry was a man who was incredibly handy and had a heart of gold. He could always be found fixing boat motors and making sheds as a way to make extra money during the summer, and he could even be found building grandfather clocks. He was so outgoing that it was hard to take him somewhere without him finding people that he knew. Gerry took great joy in helping others as well, and he did his best to be a community servant. He would travel to people’s homes to offer communion when they were sick or not able to go to mass.

Passionate is the word that describes Gerry very well, and when he got into something, you knew that he would put his heart and soul into it. He collected plates with little animals on them. When Gerry Jr. was telling his wife about the plates, they decided to google them to give her a better idea of how they looked. The very first image to show up on the search was Gerry Sr. holding a piece that he was selling on Ebay.

Gerry was a great lover of the outdoors and tried his best to spend time in nature. He loved hunting with his dogs, as well as skeet shooting and camping. When he took the kids to Beausoleil Island in Lake Huron, he would give prizes to them based on who got the biggest fish, the most fish, and other fun contests. Please take a fishing lure to always remind you of Gerry’s love, and how he could always reel in your heart.


Smerka, Gerard Sr., March 17, 2018 of Orchard Park, NY at the age of 76. Loving son of the late Frank and Anna Smerka; Devoted husband to the late Joyce Smerka (nee Riddell); Former husband of Rebecca Peters; Beloved Father of Gerard Smerka, Jr. (Dori), Melissa Lyon, Michael Gilcrest (Kelly), and Ken Gilcrest (Lori); Treasured grandfather of Elie Lyon, Maxwell and Jacob Smerka, and Rhea, Dane, Gracie, and Riley Gilcrest; Dear brother of Francine S. Hall and the late Terrance J. Smerka (Carole); also survived by niece Elizabeth Hall Olszewski and nephews Timothy C. Hall, and Chris Smerka. Friends will be received Saturday from 10AM-12PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919, where a prayer service will be held at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York. Online condolences at