edward smith

The Village of Mineola recently honored Edward Smith, a lifelong civic leader who served as its mayor, deputy mayor, trustee and board member. He was chosen as this year’s Wall of Honor recipient after he passed away in 2015 at the age of 92.

The Legacy of Edward Smith

Edward Smith, of Mineola, lived a life of service to his community. He devoted his efforts to building local organizations, such as the Mineola Lions Club and the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

In 2000, the Lions Club, which contributes thousands of dollars to local charities each year, was named after him. In his lifetime, Edward Smith served the civic organization for 60 years.

He also acted as president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. He helped grow the group from a core of 50 members to the thriving community organization it is today.

Edward Smith’s dedication to community service was steadfast. He served as Mineola’s mayor from 1975 to 1985; he acted as deputy mayor for 10 years; he sat on the Mineola Village Board for 22 years; and he acted as Village Trustee for another 12 years.

Outside of public service, he had a successful career in real estate. Edward Smith founded Smith & DeGroat Real Estate in Mineola in 1944. The prominent local firm, which is run by his son Matthew, still operates today.

A plaque bearing Edward Smith’s face and biography will soon be displayed with other Wall of Honor recipients at Mineola Village Hall.