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Paul Frank Smigelski

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


 Paul Frank Smigelski, 69, of Williamsport, MD, passed away, Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born Thursday, February 8, 1951 in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Frank G. Smigelski and the late Lucia V. (Migliori) Smigelski. Upon the death of Lucia, Frank remarried and Paul was raised by Nancy H. Miller.

He graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1969 and graduated with an Associates degree from Hagerstown Junior College in 1971. Paul retired from Square D Company after 20 years as a residential sales engineer. He was the secretary and resident head chef of the Hidden Valley Hunt Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and an aspiring guitarist. His greatest joy was being Poppy to Olivia, Lucy, Sloane and Silas.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Christine Y. Smigelski; daughter, Elizabeth G. Smigelski (Michael Burns); son, Anthony R. Smigelski (Katie); four brothers, Mark E. Smigelski, Robert J. Smigelski, Raymond A. Smigelski, Daniel W. Smigelski; sister, Sharon R. Cox; three granddaughters, Olivia G. Burns, Lucy J. Burns and Sloane M. Smigelski; grandson, Silas R. Smigelski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 10:00 am, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA, 23058-5216, the American Kidney Foundation, 1301 York Rd.  Suite 404, Lutherville, MD, 21093, or the Lab Rescue LRCP, P.O. Box 1814, Annandale, VA 22003.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

It was so sad to hear of Paul's passing and we extend our condolences to you Chris and the entire family. We of course mostly remember Paul from all the occasions at your sister's house on Rainbow Avenue. Paul was a real stand up guy with a big smile and big heart. He was just a lot of fun to be around and we will treasure the moments we had with him. Best wishes and our love to all of you in this trying time. Dave and Marge

Dave and Marge Shetterly
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Chris my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Paul was a true professional in our industry, always more than willing to help in any way. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.

Jeff Gray
Middle River, Md

to Chris and family - I was very sad to hear of Paul's passing. He was always such a kind and friendly person to all, and always made a point to greet me at the the monthly dinners when we were all so lucky to be able to get together! It was a blessing for all of us to have him as part of our lives. May you find peace and comfort in all your special memories of him. Thinking of you - Therese (Sherwood) Brahlek

Therese Brahlek

My deepest sympathies to the Smigelski family. Paul was so professional, helpful, and pleasant. I had so much respect for him and truly valued the relationship as a coworker and a friend. My prayers are with you.

Keith A Kotzmoyer
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Chris - Sorry to about Paul’s passing. I had the opportunity to interact with Paul a number of times and he was always very helpful to me. Each time we finished our conversation, he said I got you and he came through with a plan that worked. Can’t say enough how much I appreciated his efforts. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Dan

Dan Hart
Bristow, VA

We will miss a wonderful man. You and the family are in our prayers. Love in Christ, Nancy (Foltz) Green

Nancy (Foltz) Green
Hagerstown, MD

My deepest sympathy to Chris and her son and daughter. I only really got to know Paul during the last two years, when we both were retired. He was one of the most cheerful, pleasant, generous and likeable men I've ever met. His passing was an indescribably tragic surprise.

Bill Gibson
Williamsport, Maryland

Chris, I'm so sorry for your loss. Paul was a wonderful man, always with a smile on his face. He will be missed by all. I'm grateful for the time I got to spend with him. You are loved. You're in my thoughts.

Sue McCollum
Bridgewater, NJ

Chris, Donna and I are so sorry for your loss. Paul was a great guy who always had a smile and positive message. We know he will be missed by all who knew him. Rob & Donna Smith

Rob & Donna Smith
Winchester, Virginia

Rest In Peace, Paul. You are with the angels now. Heartfelt condolences to Chris and family.

Mindy Verduci
Frederick, Maryland

It is so difficult to read an obituary for such a great guy. I am sure he left you all with so many wonderful memories. I feel so blessed to have reunited with him a few years back. It's my deepest honor to have called him cousin. May he rest in peace. And Paul if you are reading this from heaven, please say hi to your dad, grandma and grandpa Smigelski, and all the aunts and uncles. God be with you til we meet again... Love, your cousin Terry piontkowski

Terry piontkowski
New Berlin , Wisconsin

Goodbyes hurt the most when the story isn't finished. A great man has left this earth but will be forever in our hearts. Paul showed us love, brought us joy and made us laugh...and we feel blessed to have these lasting memories. Bob and I hope these memories help the entire family through this difficult time. All our love, Linda and Bob

Bob and Linda Artz
Hagerstown, Md

Chris, my condolences to you and the family, Paul was always a light and smile every time I saw him and he will be missed.

Paul Quick
Hagerstown , MD

Paul was one of the those guys that from the first time you met him he would make an impact on your life. He was my hunting companion ,my cooking instructor and most proudly my friend. my condolences to the family , my prayers are with you.

Junior Hook
Great Cacapon, wv

Chris and Family....Kelly and I are deeply saddened by the news of Paul's passing. He was always so kind and willing to help others. He was highly regarded in his work and it was obvious how much he loved his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tony Savoca
Towson , Maryland

I am saddened to see that Paul passed away. My condolences, prayers and thoughts are with Chris and family.

Celia Palmer
Williamsport, MD

Chris, Tony, Zbug and Family, We are so sorry for your loss and will miss Paulie dearly. He was a coach, friend, coworker, and a role model! I will never forget the baseball games, soccer games, and all of the good times we had growing up together. He made an impact on our lives that will never be forgotten and we could always count on him for a good laugh! He was always willing to lend a hand and loved watching Max any time we would ask. He will truly be missed but never forgotten. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Jack, Jess, and Sophie

Jack, Jess & Sophie McCauley
Boonsboro, MD

Chris and Family and all my Smigelski Cousin's. May God give you the strength and peace in all the days ahead. Paul was a warm and friendly guy. I sure wish we all could have gotten together, life is way to short. Cherish the memories, he will never be forgotten.

Sue M Wilson

Aunt Dode wishes to send her heartfelt sympathy to the entire Family. Her Prayers go out to Chris and Family and all the Smigelski siblings. May God give all of you peace and comfort now and the days to come.

Sue M Wilson

Bob, I'm so sorry for yours and your family's loss.

Mary Ann (Rickard) Harne
Hagerstown, MD

Tony, Mike and Family, Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. Paul was such a sweet man with a great sense of humor. He will always be missed and will never be forgotten. May your family be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts. Steve & Dina Baker

Steve & Dina Baker
Martinsburg , WV

I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I will forever remember his smile. It has been my pleasure to have known Paul and the rest of the Smigelski family. The world is a much darker place without him in it.

Joanna Greene
Manassas, VA

Chris, I am so sorry. There are no words. Paul was a great friend and coworker. I’m forever grateful for the help he gave when I joined the team. He never hesitated to help. He will be missed by many.

Tom Robinson
State College , PA

A outstanding friend, member of the cabin and grandfather. You’ll alway be in our thoughts. Mike and Harry

Mike Fager and Harry Baker
Chewsville, Maryland

To the entire Smigelski family I extent my sympathy at the passing of your brother and father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time Cheryl Wilkes

Cheryl Wilkes
Williamsport, Maryland

I’m very sorry for your loss. May you and your family be comforted in the days and weeks to come by the many years of happiness, joy and love shared.

Lisa Finger
Baltimore, MD

Our family sends our condolences and love to all of you. We didn't know Paul, but we are good friends of his niece and through her we know she truly cherished him. May the love you all have for one another keep you strong during this difficult time.

Emily & John Sottile
Hagerstown, MD

Chris, Tony, ZBug, Mike, Kate and Grand Children, Marsha and I are deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend and Co-worker. I can't imaging trying to explain this to OGB, Shuey, Sloan and Silas. They lover their Poppy and he loved them dearly. The joy in Paul's face while holding all of them on the family vacation pictures is priceless. With Much Love, Jim and Marsha

Jim Thomas
waynesboro, PA

Dear Chris and Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers for all.

Cathy Wynkoop
Smithsburg, MD

My sincerest condolences. I will keep you in my prayers.

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Paul was a gentleman and a great business associate. He left a big hole when he retired from SQD. He was a great family man and the love and respect he shared with Chris was obvious. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family Chris .

Joe Battaglia
Alexandria , Va

Sending prayers and hugs your way and my deepest sympathy for your loss of a great man. It was truly a pleasure knowing and working with Paul. He will surely be missed. Wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember him. - Larry Long

Larry Long
Frankford, DE

Patsy and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Paul was an outstanding person, friend and co-worker who will be deeply missed. It was always a pleasure to be around Paul and his personality was like no other. Patsy and I are keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Greg Conaway
Culpeper, Va.

Chris and Family - My memories of Paul are all about the type man he was. Always cheerful in his work, and never hesitating to take time out of his day to help others. He will be missed, but his great example for others will not be forgotten. My condolences to you all.

Greg Miller
Alexandria, VA

Dear Chris and family, Dave and I were so saddened to hear about Paul's passing. He was truly a light in this world with his great smile and always-friendly attitude. When I think of him, I picture his warm personality and enthusiasm for life. He will be greatly missed. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with this terrible loss. Fondly, Weesie

Louise (Weesie) Dunn Wine
Hagerstown, MD

Dear Chris, Mike, and Family: Paul was an absolute pleasure to work with. Always professional, and always good for a laugh or two and always had a good story to tell. Never a dull moment with Paul around and he always had a smile that put his co workers and customers at ease. Angelica and I send our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. May God Bless you all and comfort you during this difficult time (2 Cor. 1: 3-4)

David Capuano
Glen Burnie, MD

Chris and Family; Am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ronnie just spoke with Paul while Paul was walking and Ronnie was riding his bike a couple weeks ago. Paul mentioned how much he was enjoying retirement. Ronnie said that he was also looking forward to his retirement. Ronnie will always remember their little league managing days together. We will remember Paul as an outstanding and upstanding friend, father and husband. God Bless.

Ron & Connie McAllister
Williamsport, Md.

Chris and family, I’m so sorry to learn about Paul’s passing, he was the consummate gentleman and a very fine person. I express my condolences to you and your family. Scott McDowell

Scott McDowell
Keedysville, MD

Having known Paul for 7+ years now he was a integral part of the Square D family in the Baltimore area. He was always willing to make time time to help others and did it with a smile. He will be missed dearly by every member of his Square D family. May his soul rest in peace as he transitions into the next journey to spend time with the eternal one. Our condolences to the Smigelski family, Stay strong. - Ashish

Ashish Sawardekar
Brentwood, TN

Please accept our deepest condolences. Paul was a great person and I always looked forward to talking with him when I would come up to the Hagerstown office. Chris, you and your entire family will be in our prayers.

Tom and Lisa Messner

Christine and family my deepest sympathy and prayers.I graduated with Paul at South High.I remember let's say some interesting parties at his parents house.Most of all Paul and I in our early days ran on the Canal together. Runners talk alot about things in general. Paul's sensitivity for his Family and friends was very important to him. He was one of those special people.

Terry Gearhart
Hagerstown , Maryland

Paul was such a kind and happy soul! He was so nice to let my daughters call him “Poppy”! We will all miss him! Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Smigelski family. May God grant you strength and peace in your heart.

Chris and Jamie Horbatak
Charles Town, West Virginia

Please accept Diana and John's sincere condolences. It's never an easy time , but I am sure you have great memories of your life together. My prayers are with you and your family.

John & Diana Gawron
Raleigh, NC

My sincerest condolences to Chris and family on Paul's passing. I will always remember Paul for his professionalism and his upbeat personality. His smile always brought a ray of sunshine when he visited our office in Baltimore. Rest in Peace.

Peter Tsetsis
Baltimore, MD

Deepest condolences. Paul was a fine man in every way.

richard Bovard
Sykesville, Maryland

Chris, You and your Family are in our Hearts and Prayers! My Deepest Condolences to all of you in this difficult time.

Michael Knarr
Westminster , Maryland

Dear Chris, Elizabeth and Tony, Lisa and I are shocked and saddened at the news of Paul's passing. I'm sorry that so many years have passed since we last saw Paul, but I have many enduring memories of great times through high school and beyond. I especially recall the "Cat Stevens Singers" fun at the River parties and "Pole" on the Summit Ave football team. And of course, Paul being my Best Man at our wedding. First and foremost, I remember our easy friendship and how Paul always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. You will be missed, dear friend. May you rest in eternal peace. We send our love and deepest sympathy to Chris and the entire family. Blaine and Lisa Mimnall

Harry B Mimnall

Chris, Tony and Elizabeth, Kate and I send our deepest sympathies. When I think back to the early days in my career and our time living in Hagerstown there are many fond memories of Paul and Chris. We will always be grateful for the time and experiences we had with Paul and our prayers are with you this week. Sincerely, Josh

Josh Pedigo
Hawthorn Woods, IL

Chris: Cathy and I extend our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. All great memories of my time with Paul – a true professional, every day was upbeat and positive, a funny man, a patient husband, and one of the great Ambassadors for the Square D brand but a family man first. My prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.

Gregg Keen
Geneva, IL

You will always be in my heart. It is going to be very hard not hearing your voice anymore calling me (Nora Mouse). I wonder why!!! Rest In Peace. I will think of you often. Love you, Nora

Nora Shelley
Fallston, Maryland

To Chris and family : I am so sad to read about Paul. I offer my most heartfelt condolences to you and all your family at this time. I hope there are many fond memories to help ease the hurt and loss. Sincerely, Kirk Grooms

Kirk Grooms
Hagerstown, MD

Chris, My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Rich Korthauer
Lexington , KY

This was such a shock. Our prayers and arms are reaching out to the entire Smigelski family. Especially Chris. Paul you were a gift to all who knew you. R.I.P. dear friend

Debbie and Steve Reichard
Hagerstown , MD

I am so sorry for your loss. I went to high school with Paul and remember him as a great guy.

Anita Clapper Heck
Hagerstown, MD

Chris, Tony, Elizabeth and family- Please know that we are thinking of you and holding you in prayer. Paul will always be remembered by me with a huge smile. He had a beautiful and friendly spirit about him and at times he could be a jokester and make you laugh. It was so easy to see the love that he held for each of you, especially his grandchildren. Sending you our love and big hugs- Michael & Vanessa Harper

Vanessa Harper
Woodland Park, New Jersey

A true gentleman and ambassador of Schneider Electric. He is missed by friends, coworkers, and customers.

Mark Frederick
Rochester , NY

Chris and Paul were both very dear work associates while at Square D Company. Very sorry for your loss Chris! Haven't seen you guys fir quite awhile; however know both you and Paul, as well as the rest of your family are in my prayers! Fondest regards, Gary Vessel

Gary Vessel

Chris, Tony, Elizabeth and all the family: Please accept our heartfelt condolences upon the passing of a wonderful man. We will remember Paul as a loving, patient husband, father and great friend to many. We will his laughter and sense of humor. Much Love: Craig & Donna Morgan

Craig Morgan
Frederick , MD

Paul was one of the kindest and most helpful people I knew in the electrical industry. I pray that his reward is great in Heaven My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Chris, Tony and Elizabeth

Rob Grimsley
Hagerstown, Maryland

My heartfelt condolences to my dear friend Chris Smigelski and family. Paul was one of a kind like no other. When you meet him for the first time it’s like you already knew him. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. And he made the best chicken chili! He will greatly missed by all who were privileged to know him.

Larry Spitzer
Fairfax, Virginia

I have so many memories with Paul, his wife Chris and his family that will last a lifetime. Paul was the kindest man I’ve ever met. I will say I’m shocked and heartbroken. I’ll try to be strong for the family and have faith. Paul was actually a brother to me. RIP, Paul

Debra Mcpherson
Hagerstown, Md

Chris, Tony and Elizabeth. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time. Love Robin

Robin Robins
Hagerstown, Maryland

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