Joseph Boyd Smith, a food service supervisor and chef at Gilchrist Hospice Care, died Saturday at the center of glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. The Nottingham resident was 46.
Mr. Smith was born in Sellersville, Pa., and raised in Greencastle, Pa. After graduating from Greencastle-Antrim High School in 1981, he went to work at Mercersburg Academy as a custodian and cook.
In 1993, he moved to Baltimore and took a job as a custodian and cook at Beth El Synagogue.
Since 2000, he has been a chef and food supervisor at Gilchrist in Towson, where he oversaw the preparation of food for patients and employees. In 2005, he was promoted to food service supervisor.
"Joe loved his job preparing meals for the hospice patients. He always found time to do for others," said his companion of seven years, George Ferrarse.
"Whatever special meals the patients requested, Joe would go beyond the call of duty. He would find out if a patient was having a birthday and present them with a cake," he said. "He would also do the same for his co-workers. He always did for others before himself."
Mr. Smith enjoyed vacationing at Rehoboth Beach, Del., and going to flea markets to find the antique milk glass he collected. He also enjoyed dancing and listening to country music.
He was an avid Ravens fan and was seldom without an article of clothing bearing a Ravens logo on it.
In 2004, Mr. Smith and Mr. Ferrarse appeared in an episode of Family Plots, an A&E; Entertainment Network reality show about a San Diego funeral home.
A celebration of Mr. Smith's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St., in Woodbrook.
Also surviving are his parents, Duane Smith of Swansboro, N.C., and Naomi Jean Smith of Greencastle; and a sister, Brenda Smith of Greencastle.