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“Words cannot begin to describe the tremendous loss of Ernesto. Our love to his family and friends, Debi and Bert ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Bert and Debi Harman

“Dear Valori & family, Jim & I send prayers and thoughts to you. Ernesto was such a kind man, friend and neighbor. He will be missed so much. Mary...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Nicholson - Johns Island, SC

“We will always remember Ernesto as our very first friend in our new neighborhood in Johns Island. As you through life, you meet many people, but some...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: George and Bonnie Brier - Friend

“Ernesto was a good neighbor, a good friend, and a very good person. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Valori and family. ”
4 of 30 | Posted by: Frank and Mary Beth Osusky - SC

“My condolences to all we are going to missed him great person y siempre se estaba riendo.A big kiss to all. ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: Pilar Portuondo - Miami, FL

“To be called a friend was truly an honor. Ernesto was the rare person who set high standards for himself and lived up to them. His love for his...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Edith Haman - JOHNS ISLAND, SC

“Ernesto and Val were one of our first friends when we transitioned and finally moved to Johns Island. Ernesto, of course, was a larger-than-life...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Cynthia and John Tentinger - SC

“To Val and the entire Ernesto Smith family, Laverne and I express our deepest condolences to you on the passing of Ernesto. We met Ernesto in 2011...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Gary and Laverne Brisbane - SC

“Dear Val , Gary & Laverne are so very sorry for you and your family loss . Our condolences to you Val . ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Gary & Laverne Brisbane - SC

“We mourn with you and will miss our neighbor and friend. Stacia and I wish you all peace at this difficult time. Ted and Stacia Cadmus ”
10 of 30 | Posted by: Ted Cadmus - Johns Island, SC

After a log bike ride on a hot day! Too much fun! “When Ernesto developed a new passion, he when all in, always learning, always improving, always helping others along the way by passing on the...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Mark Gadomski - Hollywood, SC

“I made great new friend and supporter of Fisher House New Years Day 2017. I will miss him. ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: Kent Hutchinson

“So sorry to hear about Ernesto. We have such good memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Sara Ruschaupt - Ashburn, VA

“I´m saddened to hear the news of Ernesto´s passing. He was a very friendly person and neighbor. We always enjoyed seeing him. Our prayers and...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Tom & Kathy Davis

“Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: Annie Martinez - Miami, FL

“Please know you are in our prayers during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace and may he be in heaven, embraced by the love of God. ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: Monica Mattedi - Pompano Beach, FL

Friends from 3M in St. Paul, MN.  Those were good days and good times. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Val and the family. We remember Ernesto with great love and affection. ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Don Branch - Pinehurst, NC

“What a great loss for Ernesto's family and friends. He was quite a guy, always sharing joy no matter where he went. We all enjoyed his company...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Hube Hopkins - Friend

“Val, this is truly sad news. Mireille and I were sorrowful when we heard that Ernesto's sister had died in Miami. With Ernesto's passing, what can...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Mireille & Tom Coleman - MN

“Enemi what can I say, you were an amazing man, loved by everyone you met; I am still in shock; you were an exceptional caring person; gone way to...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Mariana Chabau Sanchez - Miami, FL

“So so sorry, our family has another Angel in heaven to protect us. RIP Enemi! ”
21 of 30 | Posted by: Tony and Lillian Portuondo - FL

“Mi mas sentido pesame. Le tenia un aprecio muy especial desde niño ”
22 of 30 | Posted by: Juan Luis Rodriguez-kohly - .uami, FL

“We are saddened by the news of Ernesto´s sudden death. He gave so much of himself to his family, friends, community and those in need. He was a...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Phil -Michele Brand - Friend

“Our deepest condolences to Valerie, EJ, Irmi, Marcelita, the grandchildren, and the Smith, Castro-Larrieu families. Enemi was a man who always showed...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Josie Alvarez - Miami, FL

“Valori, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tough time. Ernesto...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Bernie Macias - Miami, FL

“We extend our condolences to the family of Ernesto. We've only been in the neighborhood a short time but had met our neighbors, Ernesto and Valori....Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: David and Dawn Malinowski - SC

“Susie, Our deepest condolences to your whole family. May our Lord place his hands over all your hearts. ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: Grace Lopez - West palm beach, FL

“Will miss you forever. A truly amazing man. All of us your family adored you. May you rest in the arms of Ou Lord ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: Carola Nunez - Miami, FL - Family

“Dear God I thank you for allowing me the privilege of having Ernesto as a friend. Please wrap this close family in your loving arms during this...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Virginia Volousky - Ridgeville, SC

“It is with great regret that we were not able to become closer friends with Ernesto and Val. We were friends but not close enough friends with this...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Dee and Dianne Oliver - Friend

Ernesto Juan Smith, 74, of Johns Island, South Carolina, husband of Valori Rehme Seltz-Smith entered into eternal rest Saturday, January 15, 2022. His Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the West Ashley Chapel. A memorial mass in celebration of life will also be held in Miami, FL on Friday, January 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 8235 SW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33143.

The West Ashley service can be viewed at

The Miami service can be viewed at

Ernesto was born March 12, 1947 in Havana, Cuba, son of the late Jose Ignacio Smith and Margarita Castro Smith. He was dedicated to his family and was a devout husband, loving father and grandfather. He lived a life of integrity, had a deep love for his adopted country and was a man of faith. He enjoyed a career that took him to various states and countries as an executive director for 3M and Otto Bock.

Ernesto is survived by his wife, Valori of Johns Island, SC: two daughters: Irma Mazzotti (John) and Marcella Pelaez (Mike); son, Ernesto Juan Smith, Jr. (Gloria); sister, Susie Pujol (Orlando); sisters in law Silvia Smith Vega and Elena Smith and grandchildren: Andrea Pelaez, Sofia Mazzotti, Alyssa Pelaez, John Michael Mazzotti, Nicolas Smith and Daniella Smith. Today, he is reunited with his parents, Jose and Margarita, and siblings Joche, Carlos and Maggie.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made on behalf of Ernesto Smith's passions for his heritage and his family. Please make checks payable to 2506 Brigade Museum and send to Brigade 2506 Museum, 1821 SW 9th Street Miami, FL 33135. Or make checks payable to The University of Miami School of Law (memo: The Clemente & Maggie Vazquez-Bello endowed scholarship), and send to School of Law University of Miami P.O. Box 025388 Miami, FL 33102-9811, or visit