With the passing of Chris Smith, The grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith, founder of Chris Craft, we mark an important moment in the boating industry. Now some of you may claim there are others and so on, but Christopher Columbus Smith is regarded as the first that made it all happen in a big way. And Chris Smith, was a direct line to him. And most importantly lived up to that part. Chris was always a wonderful ambassador to the family connection. He not only had memories, but he embodied the spirit of it all. You could feel it when you were around him. Once you met him, you understood it all on a spiritual level. Like meeting Herb Pocklington, and many others of that era. You just got it, and how it all came to be.
With the passing of Chris, we now enter into a different understanding of “that feeling” It’s gone. And now on us, the next generation to make sure that spirit stays true. The good news is we have many around to help. Mike Green for example is that connection. Mike embodies the family connection. But even Mike would say, Chris was special, and was there, did that, did this. It’s almost impossible to describe this connection, but we all feel it today. Chris if you have internet service in heaven, THANKYOU FOR ALL YOU DID, you lived a very full, and loving life, you made a huge difference and kept your family legacy alive and well.