1946 - 2021



On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Robert Joseph Smera, father of 3 children, passed away at the age of 75.

Robert was born May 14, 1946, in New York where he grew up in the Huntington Station area. He relocated to Southern California in his teen years where he graduated from Savanna High School in Anaheim, CA. He married Shelley June Herrick, and they raised three children together: Geoffrey, Alicia, and Aimee.

  Robert worked for General Motors for over 20 years. His love and passion for animals was well known. He was an avid music lover with a passion for blues and jazz. He spent many nights listening to live music with friends. His love for music brought him many new friends who became friends for life.  His sense of humor was unparalleled. He was quick and witty and his one-liners were well known. He could brighten any situation with a quick joke or a funny face. His memory was impeccable, especially when it came to family history and dates of events. Robert could not tell a story without including the month and year it occurred.

  Robert was preceded in death by his father, Victor C. Smera, his mother, Agnes E. Smera, and his brother Victor Smera. He is survived by his three children, 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and his beloved cat, Tiger. He is also survived by his life-long best friend, Ruggy, his niece, Dawn Smera Billings, an immeasurable number of friends, and his cousins, including Bill Space who considered him not only his cousin, but his close friend.

Robert’s love for his children and grandchildren was fierce. The many momentos that have been found in his belongings have only confirmed that the smallest trinket given to him was precious and worthy of keeping forever.

  Robert has friends and family in many different parts of the country. With travel still being difficult for many of the people who loved him, a location for a service would be challenging. The family feels this is the best way to include all who loved him and ask for any memories or stories to be shared here.

  Robert was an unforgettable man whose memory will continue to make those who knew him smile. His love for The Great Cornholio, Eddie Murphy, The Three Stooges, and Chivo will be fondly remembered. Please, continue to respect his authoritah!!!

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Kathy Campbell-Barton

July 25, 2021 10:50 AM

Robert was my friend and I will miss his honesty.  His stories made me laugh and cry at the same time.  His love and knowledge of music was what brought us together.    Robert loved his family so much which included his beloved cats.  He was truly one of a kind, always real-and spoke his passion and his truth.  

Alicia Hernandez

July 19, 2021 8:41 PM

You are the best dad a girl could have ever asked for!! I never questioned your love for me not for a single second!  My memories of you are precious and many! I love you forever and I will miss you constantly.  Wee-by-bow!!!! Ssszzzzzz!!!!!

David Meek Jr.

July 19, 2021 5:56 PM

Lets just say I learned a few good jokes that would be politically incorrect today😂😂😂 from Uncle Robert when I was a kid but I cant share them here. Remember his big ol stereo cabinet and sneaking and listening to his Richard Pryor records. He was always fun to be around. Always making people laugh and I even remember him rocking on his harmonica with a band once. RIP Uncle Robert.

Aimee Jackson

July 19, 2021 4:37 PM

I love you so much Dad. I will miss you forever!! You were an amazing father and I am so grateful for the last month we had together. Tiger is safe and being loved and cared for.  I will carry you with me always. ❤️

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