Thomas "Thom" Ray Smith
Wednesday 14th of September 1955 - Monday 3rd of June 2019
Celebration of Life Visitation
Milward - Southland
391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY
Thomas “Thom” Ray Smith, 63, husband of Barbara Smith passed away on June 3, 2019 of unknown causes at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, he was born to Ray Smith and Winn Smith on September 14, 1955. Thom earned an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and had a successful career in the petroleum industry. He and Barbara moved to Lexington in 1997, when he began his career with Ashland Oil/Valvoline. He was Vice President of Branded Lubricant Technology at Valvoline.
In addition to his loving wife of 38 years and his parents, he is survived by his children: Richard Gordon, Allison Hubley, Cathleen Gordon, Heather (Alex Tinon) Gordon, Matthew (Susan) Smith, and Jennifer (Chris) Smith-Garvin and siblings: Van (Leslie) Smith, George (Nancy) Smith, and Heather (Ian) Douglas.
Thom loved his family and work; he was a fan of Dr. Who, Hires Rootbeer, Apple computers and traveling the country to quilt shows with his wife.
A Celebration of Life Visitation will take place on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Milward-Southland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Barbara, just talked with Sandy and learned of your husband's death. I am very sad at hearing this news. He was apparently a wonderful man with a keen mind. He will be missed by all the family, but I know you are thankful to have had him in your life. Prayers for all of you.
My condolences to Barb and the Smith family on Thom's passing. I enjoyed carpooling with Thom during his days at Lubrizol. We had many 'interesting' conversations. He was a gentleman and will be missed.
It was surprising and sad to learn of Thom's passing. My deepest sympathies and prayers to his family. I have know Thom from his days at the Gulf Canada/Petro-Canada R&D days.
Intelligent – The resounding theme over and over again when reminiscing with others about Thom. Few have ever transcended to the level of understanding of the petroleum and lubricants industry that Thom achieved through unfaltering dedication and the ability to remain versatile given any situation. When someone has reached this stature, it’s difficult at times to see them as anything less than superhuman. Thom remained approachable through it all given that his intelligence was eclipsed only by his charismatic and friendly personality. If it wasn’t his demeanor that drew you to him, it was his remarkable taste in ties. In the words of the Doctor “Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.” - Joshua Cooley and VPAL family
Amol Savant (on behalf of the entire VPAL family)says
Words cannot describe this great loss for us all and the unfillable void he leaves behind. Thom will always be remembered for his incredible clarity that enabled him to see right through any given problem. A generous advisor, master of his faculties, great sage, knowledge repository of past and present, and remarkable visionary of the future. Thom may be gone, but his legacy will live on amongst the ethos of enterprise he helped to build and in the minds of so many, he so deeply touched. May his memory bring us all comfort and peace. In the words of Helen Keller, “What we have once experienced we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” - Amol Savant on behalf of the entire VPAL family
My deepest sympathy to Thom's family. I worked with Thom for 21 years at Valvoline and hearing of his passing was heartbreaking. He was a good man, always respectful to others and always had a smile on his face. He represented Valvoline well and we will miss him dearly. May God grant him eternal peace.