Family of beloved Oswestry figure pays homage to popular father
THE family of a popular Oswestry figure paid tribute to the man described as a caring and much loved father.
Hundreds of tributes have been paid online following the passing of Gerald Edwin Owen Smith, affectionately known to many as Gerry Hotdog, last month.
The 85-year-old was a familiar face among pub and club enthusiasts in the city for more than three decades, with Gerry still on hand to provide food to people from his hot dog van at the end of the season. a night.
His son, Darran Smith, was overwhelmed by the positive messages left online in memory of his father, whom he described as hardworking and much loved.
“He was awesome,” Darran said. “He loved his sports and loved his shot.
“He really enjoyed a pint of real ale and took us all out to dinner on Sunday – he loved doing that.
“When my kids were young, we did it regularly.
“He was very hardworking. All his life he worked hard and saved a lot of money – very rarely seemed to spend a lot.
“He always worked hard to take care of our family.
Gerry was born in Llansantffraid and became a well-known figure in Oswestry after bringing his van into town.
His famous hot dogs were so popular that he spent 30 years working on his van in Oswestry.
Darran said getting to know the people at Oswestry is one of Gerry’s favorite things about what he does.
“He loved her. It was his life for a while,” he said.
“He got to know a lot of people by being in the van.
“I think I saw a post on Facebook with around 350 comments, and each one was a really nice tribute to him.”
Gerry’s daughters also reflected on memories of their father, with Gina Smith describing him as calm, cautious and capable.
She added, “He always did things himself when he could.
“He had the strength to ride a bike and walk in all weathers, often in the darkness of the first winter mornings when no one else was around.”
Julie Smith, also daughter of Gerry, added: “Looking back, we shared some great experiences together. I helped him out on his beloved hot dog van during my student years.
“My mom and dad taught me how to drive when I was 17.
“We carpeted half of my house together and made a good team.
“After our retirement we enjoyed long bike rides in the Hertfordshire countryside.
“Each path or trail was an adventure to explore and we often marveled at the beauty around us.”
His daughter Tracy Jackson added, “There are so many days that I would love to spend with him.
“I have always enjoyed our days meeting in Oswestry, browsing antique shops and having lots of coffees at his favorite pubs.”