Dennis Smith

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Dennis Smith taught himself how to ride the unicycle when he was 5 years old. As he got older, he would dress up as a clown, wowing the neighborhood kids.

The 36-year-old man did occasional landscaping jobs and was an avid pool player who lived with his mother in their Pawtucket home.

"They just watched him," said Smith's mother, Doris Smith, 69. "They were all eyes. He tried to jump the curb and do tricks. And they would clap for him."

She described her son as eager and generous, who was "always doing things for the kids."

Dennis Smith wasn't a big music fan, she said, but he accepted an extra ticket to the Great White concert. He went to the show with a friend whose whereabouts weren't immediately known.

He had one brother and two sisters.

-- Associated Press



The funeral service for Dennis J. "One Wheeler" Smith, 36, of Calder Street, Pawtucket, will be held on Wednesday.

Born in Pawtucket, a son of Leo and Doris R. (Robenhymer) Silva, he was a lifelong resident of the city.

Mr. Smith had worked with his father doing woodworking for many years. He was a competitive pool player, and enjoyed entertaining area children with his unicycle.

His mother said her son was eager and generous, "always doing things for the kids."

Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, David L. Smith, and two sisters, Dianne M. and Denise D. Smith, all of Pawtucket; and several nieces and a nephew.

 Burial took place at Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.

source Providence Journal


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