Thursday, 16 August 2012

2006: Smiling for Smiddy Challenge.

When Brisbane physiotherapist Adam SMIDDY passed away in 2006 his death shocked the UQ community.
Mr Smiddy, a UQ graduate and former King’s College resident, was only 26 when he lost a short battle to an aggressive melanoma, leaving behind an indelible mark on those who knew him.

Born from the grief is the annual Smiling for Smiddy Challenge – a gruelling 1600 kilometre cycle from the UQ Aquatic Centre in Brisbane to Home Hill to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Mr Smiddy.
UQ graduate architect Jade Myers, who felt the impact Adam’s sudden death had on mutual friends, joined the trip last year.

The 27-year-old works in the Brisbane studio of BVN Architecture and rides to his office in Fortitude Valley every day.

Mr Myers set off with 50 other riders on September 5 on a grueling 1600 kilometre journey across eight days, arriving in Home Hill in the state’s north on September 12.

“I was asked by a friend to join the ride this year and jumped at the opportunity to be involved because Adam was an incredible guy and his death was such a tragedy,” Mr Myers said.

“Many of my friends knew him well and the ride organiser was one of his close mates and shares a lot of emotional memories with the ride group – he is certainly missed by many.”

Smiling for Smiddy began three years ago and since then has raised more than $600,000 for cancer research.

The Adam Smiddy Cancer Fund at the Mater Foundation sees the money distributed to a variety of initiatives, including prostate cancer research and melanoma drug trials.

Robert SMIDDY is said to have died February 3 1885 in Shanghais, Kokomo, Tipton County Indiana.

Robert Smiddy is said to have died February 3 1885 in Shanghais, Kokomo, Tipton County Indiana.
I was hoping that there is some mention in the newspaper on how he died or where he is buried.
I have 4 children for him that I can not find after 1870 census: Lucy, Emily, Sarah, Stephen.
His wife died in Miami County in 1904.
Thanks in Advance.

Cindy Elschide

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Lunch with Maeve recalled


Wednesday August 01 2012
A LUNCHTIME visit to family friend Maeve Binchy was recalled by one Kerry woman this week on the death of the writer.

"She was full of such real kindness, sincerity, enthusiasm and exuberance. I was really upset when I was told of her death on Monday night," Tralee resident Máiréad SMIDDY HEALY told The Kerryman.

It was Máiréad's mother, Dr Evangeline SMIDDY, a former GP in Ballyduff, who struck up a remarkable friendship with the writer through correspondence decades ago.

Maeve Binchy, of course, spent her childhood summers in the resort of Ballybunion where her parents first met.

"Maeve always rang my mother every New Year's Eve and had asked her to visit for lunch many years ago, but my father, Dr Tom SMIDDY would never go as he felt we would be imposing on her.

"However, after dad died in July of 2009, my mother became very sad and I cheekily wrote Maeve to see if she would mind if we took her up on her offer. She was delighted to hear we were coming and her hospitality and that of her gorgeous husband Gordon was incredible.

"I remember Maeve saying to my sister Patricia and I to talk with Gordon at one stage as she wanted Evangeline all to herself. That trip gave my mother such a boost. Maeve and she spoke at length and the one thing about Maeve was that she always listened, intently."

One fact Evangeline did not know at the time really displayed the author's extraordinary compassion.
"Maeve rang me the day before we went up to tell me that I was not to say it to my mother but that she was in the Blackrock hospital but would escape for our lunch date. She was amazing."