Service set for Al Smith
A memorial service for local musician Al F. Smith III is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Vail Pass Summit Recreation Area.
Everyone is welcome to the informal celebration, his family members said.
Family and friends said he embraced everything the Vail Valley had to offer.
Smith made his living as an independent stock broker, but it was not his living but how he lived his life that made him special, friends said.
“While most of us talk about living every day like it was our last, Al actually did it,” said Chris Smith, Al’s sister.
He was an accomplished musician. He was a regular drummer with several local bands, especially the Harry Baxter Band and A Minor Addiction.
He was an avid skier and snowboarder, rode dirt bikes, sky dived scuba dived, and did just about anything else he could think of that would get his pulse rate up and his adrenaline pumping.
Smith died unexpectedly of a stroke, but he’ll take one last ride.
During Tuesday’s memorial service a parasailer will scatter Smith’s ashes over the mountains near the Vail Pass Summit Recreation Area.
Smith is survived by two sisters, Grace Nielsen of Houston, Tex., and Chris Smith of Atlanta, GA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Smith’s name to The American Stroke Association, 1280 S. Parker Rd., Denver, CO 80231, or the Alzheimers Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 789 Sherman St. Suite 500, Denver CO 80246.
A private memorial service will be held.