Most people don’t know it but in addition to being a co-founder of Western Windshields, GlasPro, Elite Auto Glass, and most recently his involvement in a joint venture with Guardian Industries, Neil Smith was instrumental in getting Delta Kits off the ground over 27 years ago. He and his partner Jerry Ray took a chance when agreeing to be Delta Kits’ first distributor and that really helped put us on the map. Neil and Jerry continued to give us the opportunity to serve their many successful business ventures ever since, for which we will always be grateful.
Many in the auto glass industry have similar stories about Neil helping them in one way or another. He believed in people when no one else did, earning him a great deal of trust and respect from those of us who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him.
It was only a few weeks between the day Neil found out he had cancer and June 17, 2011, when he passed away. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and all of us who were fortunate enough to work with him.
Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital or the OSU Foundation for the OSU College of Business and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.