Final Patrol: Trooper Frederick A. Smith (retired)


It is with deep regret that Major Darrin S. Pitkin, Troop “D" Commander, announces the death of Trooper Frederick A. Smith (retired). Trooper Smith passed away on May 17, 2021 at the age of 73. Trooper Smith served with the New York State Police from February 20, 1978 until his retirement on June 25, 1999. He was assigned to SP Pulaski at the time of his retirement. He returned as a Special Trooper on December 18, 2001 and served until October 26, 2005. During that time he helped provide security to critical infrastructure sites in Troop D.


Services will be held at the Thomas J. Pirro Jr Funeral Home, 3401 Vickery Road, North Syracuse, NY.


Public calling hours will be held on May 24, 2021 from 3PM to 7PM.


Private funeral services will be held on May 25, 2021 at 11AM.


Authority: Major Darrin S. Pitkin


Troop Commander - Troop D



Obituary for Frederick A. "Fritz" Smith


Frederick A. “Fritz” Smith, 72, of Central Square, NY, passed away at home on May 17, 2021. He was born in Syracuse, NY, son of the late Frederick and Dorothy (Herholtz) Smith. Fritz graduated from Henninger High School and was a U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran. He was employed with Smith and Caffery Steel CO and was also a NYS Trooper for over 20 years, working in Homeland Security. Fritz enjoyed music, fishing, tying flies and camping.


In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his siblings, Dorothy Jean (Smith) Walter and Fran (Smith) Thompson, and his dog, Newt.


Fritz is survived by his wife of 53 years, Cheryl M. (Boster) Smith; children, Sheri Lyn (Smith) Cleeton and Michael Frederick Smith; grandchildren, Lilian Smith, Stuart and Perry Cleeton, Elliot and Penny Smith; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.


Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 3 – 7 pm at the THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Vickery Rd. (corner of Buckley Rd.) North Syracuse, NY 13212.



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