Gaile P. Smith was born on March 11, 1939 in Queens, NY of Bernard Gilmartin and Lillian Brown. She was born and raised in New York, along with her brothers Bernard (Rookie) Gilmartin Jr. and John Fusi. She graduated from Jamaica High School in Queens, NY. She spent most of her high school years living with her Grandma Lydia in East Meadow, NY.
Gaile met Harry Smith Jr. in a roller skating rink and they were married on January 27, 1962. Their first born daughter Gladys (Thumper) was born in September of that year. Soon after, they bought their home in Islip Terrace, NY. Their second daughter, Tammi was born in May, 1964. Gaile’s only granddaughter Christie was born in 1989 and she was promoted from “Mom” to “Granny”. Christie loved spending her many summers and school breaks with “Granny” and “Grumpa” in New York. The New York house was known for being a place of fun and laughter, including summer barbeques, holidays, and other gatherings with family and friends. Gaile and Harry lived in Islip Terrace until 2005, where they moved to Oviedo, Florida. Harry passed away in September, 2011 just a few month shy of their 50th Anniversary. Later that year Gaile moved back to Delaware to be closer to her family.
Gaile was most well-known for her incredible talents in roller skating, especially in coaching. She leaves behind many fellow skaters, loyal fans, students, and colleagues in the roller skating world who will remember her incredible talent and her outgoing, spunky, very tough, (and sometimes scary), but loving and honest coaching style. It was in high school that Gaile began her roller skating career at Levittown Skating Rink. Known for her strong skating Gaile became US National Intermediate Dance Champion in 1957 and then Senior Dance Champion in 1959. She placed in the top three in several events each year until 1961.
Gaile started teaching in 1972 at Elsmere Skating Center for some time then moved to Merryland Roller Rink. She was a coach and mentor to dozens of skaters at all levels and many National Champions. In the mid 90’s Gaile took a break from skating and went to work for Allied Digital Technology as a Project Manager. She retired from Allied in about 2001 and spent time with her family. Gaile returned to teaching in 2015 at Christiana Skating Center where she coached Thumper, Alice and Adana to several national medals.
Gaile also loved to travel, specifically on cruises, especially when her husband Harry was alive. They were part of many cruising groups and she would spend a lot of time chatting with them online in between her many cruises around the world. Gaile was also a great cook. She taught her daughters to help out in the kitchen and would always lead the preparation for the holiday feasts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She passed her cooking talents to her daughter Tammi, who has carried on the holiday traditions the last few years. Gaile ultimately loved spending time with her family and friends. In her stubbornness she fought to live life to the fullest and make the best of every moment with those she loved, even up until her very last days.
Gaile leaves behind her daughters, Gladys Shaub (husband Gary) and Tammi Angelo, granddaughter Christie Wright (husband Curtis), great-grandson Isaiah Wright and soon-to-be great-granddaughter Simaya Wright, brother John Fusi (wife Susan) and many other extended family members and friends. May she Rest in Peace and her legacy live on forever!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Companimals Pet Rescue, who is helping to find a loving home for Gaile’s cat, Precious. Their address is 1497 Flint Hill Road, Landenberg, PA 19350.Their website is www.companimals.org. Their PayPal Address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting this worthy organization in Gaile’s Honor!
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