Obituary of Cedric Smith
October 8, 2023
Cedric Smith passed away on October 8th, 2023. At the time of his passing, he was with his wife Andrea Lupo, and his two sons, Mac and Jesse Smith.
A celebration of life will take place Saturday, October 14th, 2023, from 2:00-6:00PM at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home (199 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10012), and will be open to all who want to attend. Come for the whole time or part of the time.
Cedric was born in Ottawa, Illinois on July 29th, 1947 to Ruth and Clifford Smith. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1966. He worked at his parents’ golf course, where he became an exceptional golfer. He attended the University of Illinois Extension, the Chicago Art Institute, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of Alabama.
Cedric’s first passion was his art, which brought him to West Hollywood in Los Angeles, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and eventually to TriBeCa in New York City. His work is awarded and featured all over the country (https://www.cedricsmithartist.com/).
Cedric married Andrea Lupo in 1987. He was a devoted husband and father. Together, they raised two boys (Mac and Jesse). He was instrumental to their upbringing, coaching basketball, baseball, and tennis. He never missed a game, practice, or tournament.
Cedric worked as a construction supervisor, renovating some of the most esteemed properties in New York City. Over the course of 40 years, he used those skills to transform (over and over again), an old industrial loft into a vibrant home.
Above all else, Cedric’s family and friends always came first. Cedric never offered a helping hand, but insisted upon it. Following his retirement, he enjoyed golfing, playing cribbage, and going to Yankee games with his family. He spent the last year and a half of his life developing a special bond with his first grandson, Cameron, whom he loved very much.
Cedric is survived by his wife Andrea, sons Mac (Erica Masin) and Jesse (Angelika Wronowska), grandson Cameron, sister Leslie (Donald) Nelson, sisters-in-law Lori Lupo (Paul Chipolis) and Deborah Lupo (Hal Halpner), niece Celeste (Gregg) Ellis, nephew DJ (Lori) Nelson,many more cousins, nieces, nephews, and a community in downtown Manhattan he helped build.
October 14, 2023
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Greenwich Village Funeral Home
199 Bleecker St.
New York, New York 10012Get Directions
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I met Cedric as I was leaving The University of Alabama and he was entering. So it was, years later, in NYC that we became life long friends.Cedric was a warm and sincere person, full of enthusiasm for life and a way of his that took you into his embrace like you mattered. He was one of the best non professional golfers I have ever met and that says a lot.He was charismatic, a talented painter, and good people wanted to play golf with him and just be his friend. I loved him and I will miss him with all my heart for the rest of my life.
Posted by: Thornton Willis - New York, New York - Friend October 11, 2023
I first met dear Cedric at the San Francisco Art Institute. Years later, we worked together on a sculptors and painters renovation team out of lower Manhattan. Cedric was always a pleasure to work around. He was solid, dependable, soft spoken. He was an all around good guy. We always got along well. We continued to bump into each other around Tribeca, where we had both managed to hold onto our lofts. We would chat and generally catch up. Always, we would promise to meet up over a beer or coffee sometime soon. The last time I saw Cedric, just a couple of months ago, we were headed in opposite directions across a busy intersection. I was coming out of Whole Foods carrying a couple of bags of groceries, Cedric was headed in. He seemed deep in thought. I almost yelled out, but didn't, thinking we would meet again. My deepest condolences to the family, of whom Cedric was so proud! Sincerely Yours, Augustus Goertz
Posted by: augustus goertz - New York City, New York - Friend November 4, 2023