[GreaterPhilly] Fwd: [NFBP-Talk] Sad news

DENICE BROWN dbrown8827 at aol.com
Fri Jul 29 07:28:09 UTC 2022

Please see the information below about the passing of a long time Federationist in the NFB of Pennsylvania Wiley Smith. He was affectionately known as Buck.

He will be missed by all of us.
Denice Brown

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> From: Jim Antonacci via NFBP-Talk <nfbp-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Date: July 29, 2022 at 12:03:45 AM EDT
> To: "NFB of Pennsylvania Talk, state list" <nfbp-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Cc: Jim Antonacci <jjantonacci at verizon.net>
> Subject: [NFBP-Talk] Sad news
> Reply-To: "NFB of Pennsylvania Talk, state list" <nfbp-talk at nfbnet.org>
> It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of a long-time federationist, Wiley Smith.  Known to all of us as Buck, he passed away on Wednesday, July 27th, after experiencing chest pains and being taken to the hospital.  Buck was 88 years of age and was probably the oldest, continuously-active member of the NFB of Pennsylvania.  He was a wealth of information about the earlier days of the NFB.  He actually did meet the first president of the Pennsylvania Federation of the Blind and he also attended the NFB national convention that was held in Philadelphia in the 1960s.  He was one of the founding members of the Keystone chapter of the NFB of PA.
> Although he did not serve in a leadership role, he was politically astute in all levels of government.  He was aware of matters affecting blind persons as well as general trends.  If there was a rally to be held or a picket line to march in, Buck was the first one there.  Whenever a group was organized to label and stuff envelopes or carry boxes, there was Buck at the table.  No job was beneath him.  He was a lifetime member of the NFB of Pennsylvania and always attended chapter meetings until he became ill in the last 12 months of his life.  He will be greatly missed by all of us but especially by Patricia Grebloski, with whom he shared his life for the past 35 years.
> As of yet, no plans have been made for any services, but we will advise as things progress.
> Jim Antonacci
> President Emeritus
> NFB of Pennsylvania
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