November 10, 1928 ~ June 15, 2020

Born in: Shelbyville, IN
Resided in: Lilburn, GA

Harold C. Smolenski, age 91, of Roswell, Georgia, passed peacefully away Monday, June 15, 2020 in Tucker, Georgia. Harold was preceded in death by his children’s mother, Janet “Jeannie” Fleming, brother Wilfred Smolenski, and sister Susan Smolenski. He is survived by sisters Urte Kahle, of Flowery Branch, Georgia;and Renate McKitrick of Ogden, Utah;his children Elizabeth Field (Michael) of Lilburn, Georgia; Ted Smolenski of Lawreneceville, Georgia; and Laura Smolenski, of Peachtree Corners, Georgia; and three grandchildren, Justin and Christopher Field; and Taylor Smolenski; and nieces and nephews.

Born in Shelbyville, IN, Harold was an avid tennis player and loved all sports. His job for many years was a tennis instructor and coach. He proudly worked in the pits of the Indy 500, reporting driver and car status to the announcers. He enjoyed music and arts of all kinds. Harold served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as an aerial photo analyst. When he could no longer play tennis he enjoyed woodworking, painting, cross stitch, and stained glass. His last job before retiring was a school bus driver for Fulton County Schools. He loved the kids he drove every day, and he always made them feel special and important. They all held a special place in his heart. He was a gentle and kind soul who loved to laugh and make others laugh. He will be greatly missed.

Services are being held Tuesday, June 23 at 11:30am at Georgia National Cemetery. The service is closed to the Smolenski family only due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and strict cemetery restrictions.

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  1. CandleImageOne of the sweetest men to have ever lived. Rest in Peace and may you find comfort in the perpetual light of our Lord. We love you, Uncle Harold.

  2. Uncle Harold will be greatly missed, but his memory will continue for years & generations. He held his family close to his heart. Sending love,
    Juli & Jim Heintz & family

  3. I have such fond memories of Uncle Harold, from when I was just a little kid in the early ‘60’s and he showed up in a convertible to take us for a ride (we’d never ridden in a convertible so it was thrilling). And, more recently at family weddings, when he would dance with all the ladies. He was so fun-loving and had the biggest heart. We’re all better for having known him and he will surely be missed.

  4. CandleImageWhen Renate speaks of her brother Harold, she gets a special glint in her eye and smile in the corner of her mouth. When she thinks back to her recent relationship with him, she recalls standing with him at a wedding in front of his wheel chair and “waving our arms in front of each other” to dance (unike ballroom dancing lessons in their youth). She will miss his sweet phone check-ins and singing O Tannebaum each Christmas season. His heart and love continue to ripple through the family even following his passing, our hearts mourn with yours and he continues to visit Renate in her dreams.

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