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Lorain City School District mourns loss of Culinary Arts instructor, Dave Smith

April 1, 2019: It is with deep sadness that the Lorain City School District recognizes the passing of 63-year-old culinary arts instructor Dave Smith, of North Olmsted. Smith passed away March 31, 2019 after an extended illness.

Mr. Smith began his career with Lorain City Schools in 1992 where he headed the culinary arts program at the old Southview High School. In 2016, Smith and the program transitioned to the new Lorain High School when it opened its doors for the first time on Aug. 24.

Lorain High School Executive Director Daniel Garvey expressed his condolences to staff and scholars, who were impacted by Smith during his tenure, in an email sent Sunday evening. 

Dave Smith

“We will all remember Chef Smith’s kindness and enthusiasm for life,” Garvey said. “At this difficult time, please continue to keep Chef Smith and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Success Academy Director Mic Becerra said Smith was a huge advocate for students and the culinary program. Smith’s understanding that food and the preparation of food brought people together as friends and family, made his work an invaluable asset to not only the culinary arts program, but the Career Technical Education program as a whole. 

“It is by no accident that when people refer to Dave Smith, they always call him Chef,” Beccera said. “This is out of respect for his vocation and him as a good man.”

Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. acknowledged Smith for his work, and his commitment to the district and its scholars. Hardy said the work done by Smith, and his memory, will live on through the success of each and every scholar who steps foot into the culinary arts program.

“This is a tough day for the Lorain Family,” Hardy said. “Chef meant so much, to so many people. His love for his craft, our kids, and our community will never be forgotten.  His family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers.”  

Recognizing that the coming days will be difficult for faculty and students alike, the district has enlisted the support of the Lorain County Crisis Team. Crisis team members will be available to speak with students or faculty members as they cope with this loss. The details regarding services for Smith will be forthcoming. 



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