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Tim Hackett, grandson of Curly Smart, dies

June 23, 2017
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Horseman James Timothy "Tim" Hackett of Cincinnati, Ohio, the grandson of Hall of Famer Curly Smart, passed away on Wednesday, June 14. He was 63.
 
Born in Delaware, Ohio, on Dec. 12, 1953, Mr. Hackett spent his childhood in Cincinnati, until the family moved to Delaware where he graduated from Delaware Hayes High School in 1972. He also attended the University of Dayton.
 
At an early age he spent time with his grandfather, Curly Smart, and his father as they trained and raced horses around the country. He later followed in their footsteps training and racing himself. He was excited to have raced several times in his hometown of Delaware and was thrilled to have a horse make the final of the Little Brown Jug when he was a trainer for the Montgomery Inn Racing Team. Later, he worked for AMS Construction of Cincinnati for many years.

He had a love of history, singing and playing guitar, especially Bob Dylan tunes, and poetry, which he could recite by heart. He had an extensive collection of "worn out" cowboy movies and had the same philosophy on life as Augustus from "Lonesome Dove," knowing that, "It's a fine world, though rich in hardships at times."
Mr. Hackett was preceded in death by his longtime love Patsy Stephenson in February of this year, and his parents, James K. Hackett in 1970 and Mary E. Hackett in 2015. He is survived by his four sisters, Theresa (James) Gilbert of Oakwood, Ohio, Cheryl (Mitch) Ross of Ostrander, Ohio, Susan (Dale) Kreiner of Delaware and Lisa (Doug) Shaw of Delaware.
 
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home, London, Ohio.
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