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William Robert Smith

Born: Thu., Jul. 26, 1951
Died: Fri., Oct. 16, 2020

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4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 23, 2020
Location: Audioun Funeral Home LLC

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William Robert Smith 69 of Port Byron died Oct. 16, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.
Billy was born in Auburn, NY the son Of Paul and Pauline Strapach Smith.
Billy (his preferred nick name) took to music at a young age. His love of music and his hero John Lennon of the Beatles inspired him to co-found the local rock band "The Worlocks" with his brother and friends in thier hometown of Port Byron.  Music especially his band was his passion. He loved his family and friends immensely. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie (Rooker) Smith, Children William and Paul (Jesamin) Smith. Grandchildren Ayden, Hannah and Collin. a Brother Mike Smith.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by siblings Betty, Terry, and Joe. a daughter Lori and daughter in law Carrie.
Calling Hours will be Friday Oct. 23, 2020 from 4-6 pm Audioun Funeral Home LLC 218 Main St. Port Byron.  Funeral Services will be Privatee for family only.

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Dale Mohr
   Posted Thu October 22, 2020
I first met Bill when I was around 13 years old while I was up visiting my Cousin Bob. Bill and I both had a strong interest in music at a young age. The musical connection we had existed throughout the years. Over the years Bill and I had jammed and recorded together on a numerous occasions. When Bill first told me of his health issue, I was concerned, but hopeful for a positive outcome, given the current advances in medicine. However, it looks like God had other plans for Bill. Heaven must have needed another passionate musician.

When I learned of Bill's passing I was very saddened and felt that emptiness I sense all that knew him felt. Bill was a long time and a good friend to me. I along with many others will miss him greatly. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. May your loving memories of him bring you comfort and peace.

Shirley (Beard) Jennings
   Posted Fri October 23, 2020
Dear Mike and Family,
I'm sorry to hear of Billy's passing, everyone will be in my prayers.
I remember how much Billy loved music, I have The Warlocks records
and I still listen to them
Billy is resting in The Arms of The Lord.

Bill Bozek
   Posted Mon November 02, 2020
Sad to see Bill go so early. I have many fond memories of playing music with Bill in the rock bands Stages and Footsteps and in the country band Open Range. There was no one who loved music more than Bill, and Bill was always enthusiastic about the future direction of our bands. I already miss our discussions about music. Keep Rockin.

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