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Thomas G. Smits

March 26, 1956 May 4, 2021
Thomas G. Smits
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Obituary for Thomas G. Smits

Thomas Gerald Smits, 65, of Clinton Township, passed away on May 4th, 2021 in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born in Detroit to parents Marcus and Mary Smits on March 26th,1956. He graduated from South Lake High School and continued his studies at Macomb Community College.

Tom started his career in the tool and die business right out of school. He was a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects at work and home. He went on to start his own tool and die business, ASAP Tool Inc, in 1986. While Tom poured a lot of his energy into building up his company, he still found time to be a loving and caring father to his two children. He was a devoted father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed.

Tom was a classic car enthusiast who could often be found tinkering with his '68 Mustang. He was a fisherman, a bird watcher, a gardener, and an all-around lover of the outdoors. Tom always loved sharing his knowledge and his “green thumb” with friends and family.

Thomas is survived by his mother Mary Smits, his son Thomas Smits Jr, his daughter Stacey (Bill) Sargent, grandchildren Colin, Mary, and Rowan Sargent, and siblings Steve (Rose) Smits, Anne (Michael) Rice, Mary Drysdale and Craig Wolf, Jeanne (Rich) Giaier, Tony (Janet) Smits, sister-in-law Vicki Smits.

Thomas is preceded in death by his father Marcus Smits, and brothers Kenneth and Mark Smits.

A memorial gathering will take place Saturday, June 5, 2-5pm at Lynch & Sons, Clawson.

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