St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

The Beloved Pete Smargie

July 22/August 4, 2011

by Fr. Rodney Torbic


Peter Smargie was born on the August 9, 1923, the day the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon. Pete was a large and gentle man. He had a commanding presence and was strong figure in the St. George Church and the community of Masontown.

Pete was very well known in many communities for his good work at the St. George Church and in the Masontown community. He served this country with distinction during World War II and remained active in veteransí affairs throughout his life. He knew first hand about war. He cherished peace.

Pete served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a state police officer. He served the community of Masontown as Chief of Police. He provided security for J&L Steelís coal mines. Pete knew the field of local law enforcement very well and was capable of handling situations that commonly arose. He took an interest in the young people in the community of Masontown and provided them with healthy activities that are remembered to this day.

Pete was a family man to the core. He and beloved Dorothy were married for sixty years and blessed with daughter Janice. The Serbian Orthodox Church has been an integral par t of the lives of Pete, Dorothy and Janice Smargie and each has been a significant contributor in their own individual ways.

Pete served a Head Tutor at St. George Church for many years and cared for the grounds of the St. George Church. He faithfully attended the church services. Pete was always around the St. George Church during the week to make sure the church was secure and in good order. He dearly missed being able to come to church services when health condition prevented his attending.

Pete served as the Master of Ceremonies at many celebrations of the St. George Church. He epitomized the strong commitment to the St. George Church by the long standing faithful members. Pete set a high standard of commitment and care for the St. George Church. His love for the St. George Church was obvious as was his love for his family. Pete treated people with respect and was highly respected in return.

Pete came from a large family of brothers and sisters. All five brothers and five sisters have preceded him in departing this life. His care and concern for his brothers and sisters was obvious. Peteís concern and care for family members and friends were far-reaching to include those located in different states.

God has blessed us with having known and had our lives touched by Pete Smargie. God blessed Pete with his wife and daughter, his family and friends. God blessed Pete with integrity and a sense of duty to country, to state, community and Church. May beloved Pete rest with the righteous and his memory be eternal.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, July 22/August 4, 2011.
Holy Myrhr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene.

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