- Associated Press - Sunday, October 18, 2015

ELDERTON, Pa. (AP) - Tom Smith, a conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully as the Republican nominee against U.S. Sen. Bob Casey three years ago, died Saturday at age 67.

Smith had been ill before he passed away at his home in Shelocta, said John Bauer with Bauer Funeral Home.

The Indiana Gazette said Smith was an equipment operator before starting the regional coal firm TJS Mining Co. in 1989. His business holdings also included a farm, school bus company and car washes.

State Sen. Don White, R-Indiana, told the paper Smith showed leadership ability.

“People followed him, especially during his retirement years,” White said. “But anybody who ever worked for Tom Smith could tell you how dynamic he was and how concerned he was for his employees.”

Smith is survived by his wife, Saundy, and seven children.

Visitation is at the family complex Monday and Tuesday, and the funeral is Wednesday at Mount Union Lutheran Church in Elderton.


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