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Carlyle Smith, owned Moni Maker, dies

July 08, 2015
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E. Carlyle Smith, 87, of Skaneateles, NY, passed away on July 8, after a brief bout with cancer. Smith was an avid horseman that purchased most of his horses at the Lexington, Harrisburg and Morrisville Yearling sales. Smith had the good fortune over the years of buying two eventual Elitlopp winners and one Elitlopp runner-up from the yearling catalog pages. Those horses included the great mare Moni Maker, who he co-owned with his son David until she was sold to Sonny Antonacci and his family and partners.
 
Mr. Smith also at one time owned Elitlopp champion Gum Ball and Elitlopp runner-up Nordin Hanover.
 
Many of Mr. Smith's horses were winners on the New York Sires Stakes circuit, with Moni Maker leading the list. Other top horses that he campaigned include Silent Spring, No Short Cuts, Mattgilla Gorilla, Oranges, Muscle Memory and Algiers Hall.
 
President and principal owner of Longley-Jones Real Estate Associates.

Born on the 4th of July in 1928 in Liverpool, NY, Mr. Smith was the only child to Edward and Grace Smith. He attended SUNY Brockport where he was a member of the golf, basketball and football teams. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in Education and five days later, he married the love of his life, Clare Loeber. The two had met at St. Joseph's Hospital in 1948 where Carlyle was recovering from a basketball injury and Clare was a nurse.

After getting married, the couple settled in Skaneateles to start their family. Mr. Smith got his first job selling Childcraft Books as a door-to-door salesman. His first venture into real estate came in 1958 when he was hired by local realtor Dorothy G. Ingalls to sell houses for her firm. After learning the trade for a couple years, Carlyle's big break came in 1960 when Allen Longley and Colby Jones hired him to sell real estate. In 1961, he became manager of the company and 1967 he became President of the company and Sherwood Finn became Vice President. Under their control, the firm skyrocketed. The pair remained partners until Sherwood's death in 2005.

Mr. Smith was most proud of his partnership with Finn that lasted over 40 years and often said, "The toughest ship to keep afloat is a partnership."

The duo grew Longley-Jones to one of the largest residential real estate and property management companies in New York State, with offices in all major cities throughout the state. The company employs over 400 people and is presently active in the management of shopping centers, office complexes, medical facilities, and in excess of 5,000 apartments of all styles, including high rise, condominiums, housing for the elderly and all forms of HUD assisted living.
 
He was also an incredibly gifted piano player who played by ear and even composed songs for each of his three daughters.

He was a member and former President of the Greater Syracuse Board of Realtors and named the Syracuse Realtor of the Year in 1970; former board member of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency; was on the Advisory Committee of St. Joseph's Hospital; Board of Directors of Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce; Board of Trustees at Maria Regina College; former Chairman of the Bud Coolican Memorial Golf Tournament; former Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Golf Tournament; Founder and Chairman of the Clare L. Smith Enable Golf Tournament; member of the United States Trotting Association, Harness Horse Association of Central New York, Bellevue Country Club, Skaneateles Country Club and Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fl. He was a member of St. Ann's Parish in Taunton and St. Mary's Church in Skaneateles. He was a devoted fan of the PGA Tour, the New York Yankees and Syracuse University Athletics, especially SU Basketball.
 
Mr. Smith was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Clare, who passed away in December of 2000. He is survived by his six children, Julie (Kent) Stoffle, Larry Smith (Marianne Oliva), Cheryl (Jim) Roy, Vicki (Terry) Kelly, David (Diane) Smith and Timothy (Jackie) Smith, all of the Syracuse, NY area; 14 precious grandchildren: Alex, Scott, Ryan, Maggie, Nora, Kyle, Kevin, Lauren, Danny, Eric, Samantha, Luke, Nick and Tori. And finally he is survived by his loving companion of 14 years, Eloise Luchsinger.

Calling hours will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13, at Maurer Funeral Home in Baldwinsville, NY. A funeral Mass in celebration of his life will be Tuesday, July 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Parish on Fay Road in Syracuse, NY. There will be no graveside ceremony. Donations in Smith's name in lieu of flowers can be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Attention Paula Campbell, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone, NJ 08535, Phone 732-446-4422, Fax 732-446-4490. If interested, cards can be mailed to: Dave Smith, 5000 Campuswood Drive, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.

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