Arthur Scott Smith of New Port Richey, Florida, died on September 4. He was 42.
He was born in Oak Bluffs and lived here for several years.
Known to all his Vineyard friends as Scotty, he was an avid fisherman and was known for his large catches. At the age of 17 Scotty was the innocent victim of a gunshot wound to the abdomen at which time he almost lost his life.
A man who suffered from PTSD in 2004, Scotty put himself in harm’s way to save a woman and her two children from an armed gunman and was an acclaimed hero and received a meritorious service award from the city of North Port, Florida. Scotty also helped in Louisiana during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina which had a large impact on his PTSD.
He is survived by two children, Tyler Smith and Allison Smith, and his mother, Shirley Smith. He also leaves his brother Matthew Cromwell and his wife, Jackie; his brother Harry Smith his wife, Debbie, and their two children, Casey and Cory Smith; his sister Susan Cromwell her fiancée, Patrick Holle, and Susan’s three children, Sean, Karissa, and Kelsi Jordan; and his sister Kimberly Smith and her two children, Joey Zingg and Kirsten Smith, and Kirsten’s daughter, Jaylinn Smith.
A private memorial service will be held on the Vineyard on October 6, 2013.
Donations can be made to the Vineyard Sober House. Call 508-693-8580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scotty, a troubled soul with a heart of gold. Rest in Peace, little brother, the war is over we will always love you.