Michael J. Smith Jr., a carpenter, died on Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was 56.

He was also known as “Truck” or “Papi.”

He was born on April 11, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York, to Elsa L. Smith and the late Michael J. Smith Sr. He was educated in the New York City school system.

In 1985, he met his lifelong partner, Patricia Nelson, and three children were born to their union. They moved to Philadelphia to start their new lives.

Smith had an extreme love for NASCAR and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys football fan. He had a flair for men’s apparel. His family described him as a laid-back, gentle person who was charismatic with an infectious smile. He was well known as a spiritual and loving person who was able to bond with everyone he came in contact with, especially children.

Smith worked at Pep Boys as an auto mechanic, then moved on to being a chef and ended up doing carpentry work.

Smith enjoyed eating good food, playing with his grandchildren and dancing with the Mummers on 2nd Street. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He also loved listening to all genres of music.

In addition to his mother and lifelong partner, he is survived by: his sister, Sabrina Kelly; children, Shameka, Michael II and Latique; daughter-in-laws, Chevonne and Liz; grandchildren, Jo’an, Zaeem, Milan and Symphony; mother-in-law, Catherine Nelson; brothers-in-laws, James, Joseph and Harry; sisters-in-law, Ada, Doris and Doreen; and other relatives and friends.

Services were held June 11 at Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Burial was in Merion Memorial Park Cemetery.

Slater Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

ajones@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5747

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