Eric Smith Obituary, Death – In this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, we pause to remember and honor one of our former colleagues, Eric Smith, affectionately known as ‘Miffy,’ with three ‘f’s. Eric’s passing earlier this week left a void in our hearts and a profound loss in our community. His memory, however, lives on through the stories we share and the indelible mark he left on our lives. Eric Smith was more than just a colleague; he was a kindly gentleman with a wealth of knowledge. Throughout his career, Eric demonstrated remarkable expertise, particularly in the intricate art of rebuilding Leyland Atlantean gearboxes. His mastery of this craft earned him the respect and admiration of many in our industry. His dedication to excellence was evident in every gearbox he touched.
Eric’s career was a journey through the rich tapestry of the transportation industry. Prior to his semi-retirement at Marshalls, Eric had made significant contributions to several esteemed companies. He started his career at Thomas Tours of North Muskham, where his passion for buses and mechanics began to flourish. Later, he joined W Gash & Sons of Newark, further honing his skills and cementing his reputation as a knowledgeable and skilled professional. Following the takeover by RoadCar, Eric continued to leave his mark on the industry.
One of the charming connections we share with Eric’s legacy is the early days when he took to the paintbrush to bring life and color to some of the vehicles in our fleet. Among those were the iconic DD43 and L49, both of which benefited from Eric’s expert hand. His brush strokes didn’t just add a layer of paint; they added character and history to these vehicles, making them an integral part of our company’s heritage.
As we say goodbye to Eric Smith, we remember him not only for his technical prowess but also for the kindness, humility, and camaraderie he brought to our workplace. Eric’s legacy is not just a collection of memories; it’s a testament to the enduring impact one person can have on an industry and the people within it. He will forever be remembered as a true colleague, a skilled craftsman, and a cherished friend. Rest in peace, Eric – ‘Mifffy’ – with three ‘f’s. Your memory lives on in the engines you repaired, the vehicles you painted, and the hearts of all those you touched during your remarkable journey through life and the transportation industry.