Smith, Brian Allen
Brian Allen Smith of Carrollton, Texas, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 63 years old.
Brian is survived by his loving wife, Melany; brother, Barry and his wife, Audrey and his twin sister, Barb. He is also survived by wonderful family members and dear friends.
He graduated from Dartmouth College, followed by Boston Law School, where he earned his law degree. Brian was President of Aerospace Claims Management Group for over 15 years. He enjoyed the challenge of solving very complicated insurance claims. He also was the owner of Wings Design which created custom paint schemes for aircraft. He was passionate about and spent many hours dedicated to his love of aviation.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 4:30 until 5:30 pm with the funeral service beginning at 5:30 pm all in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Brian can be made to the American Lung Association.
Please send family condolences and sign the guestbook on this website.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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Melanie and the entire Smith family my heart felt condolences for your loss. Brian was a wonderful, kind and supportive man I will miss him dearly. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers
Kevin & Diana Olsen
My Deepest Sympathy to His wife Melanie and all the family. He was one of the most wonderful men i knew and will be truly missed.
Peace, comfort, hugs and love to your entire family. May the all the wonderful memories of Brian keep you close to him.
Your friends at KSJ XOXOX
With sympathy to you and your family. You’re in my thoughts and prayers, now and in the days to come. Know that you are loved. Denise
Truly sorry to hear of Brian’s death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Sincerely, Sharon Watkins, Laura Terrett, Kristin Pullam, Josh Rittenberry, Heather Riggs and Jennifer Bullington
I am soooo sorry for you loss!! God be with you during this difficult time…
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Brian very long. He worked with me on a claim last year but left a big impression. He was very kind and a pleasure to work with. I know he was well respected in his field and will be greatly missed. Your family are in my prayers. God be with you!
April Stoker-Wells Fargo Insurance
We are so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. We know he will be dearly missed by his family, friends and extended family at Aerospace. We were fortunate to get to meet Brian on a visit to his office. but his work and passion for aviation will carry on with all the people he has helped.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Shoreline Aviation Insurance.
Brian was a long time friend and one of the nicest individuals I was fortunate to work with over the years. He was a humble person, competent and extremely fair in his dealings with insureds, fellow workers and many friends.My condolences to his family. Rest in peace my friend.
I’ll miss Brian and his intellect and wisdom. Whenever we’d be discussing a case that I was handling for Aerospace, Brian would always be asking probing questions, and get to the heart of the matter quickly. Someone is going to have huge shoes to fill, if that’s possible. I extend my sympathy to Melanie and all of Brian’s family.
My heart is broken for you Mel and for all of Brian’s Family. Brian was so warm, generous, sweet, smart and so much more. He was so good to me and will always be my “superhero”. Ralph and I loved him and you very much and he will be sorely missed. I know we will see him again in heaven but until then, please accept our most sincerest heartfelt condolences. Our love and prayers,
Ralph and Hope DeLong
I am so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy to Melanie and all of Brian’s family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of an industry giant. We started working with Brian when Aerospace first opened its doors and found him to be the most straightforward and honest person I ever worked for. He leaves many friends in North Carolina. It is so hard to say good bye to a friend like Brian. He will remain in our hearts and in our prayers.
May God comfort you in this difficult time.
Jim and Helene Brewer
We love you Mel. Please don’t feel like you cannot call on us if you need ANYTHING at all!! Our hearts and prayers go out to you for your loss. We are grateful to have known you two for so long and have so many good memories. He was a wonderful and kind man and will be truly missed. One day we will see him again.
Love, Sanchez family
My sympathy to Mel and all of Brian’s friends and family. It was a real pleasure to know and work with Brian. I will miss him a great deal. He was a true gentleman.
I am so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. He helped us with several difficult customer requests over the past few months, and I got to know Brian very well. God Bless His Soul!!!
Brian was a great person and easy to work with. I enjoyed our conversations, not only about work but about life in general. Smart, genuine and practical is how I would describe him. Sorry we never got to a Packers game together. Melany you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brian’s footprint of artistic gifts and intelligence will be appreciated by many for years to come. He was a good man. My deepest sympathy, Candy Eichenberger (Isaiah 40:31)
Melany and all the Smith family, my deepest sympathy. Brian will truly be missed. What a wonderful person he was, and Mel, how he loved you. It was really a joyous relationship to watch.
You cannot think of Brian without smiling. That is a true legacy.
I enjoyed working with Brian. He and I had a lot of good laughs together. He had a funny little snicker that he would always use when I asked him for a favor. Like he was hesitant to agree, but he always came around. Really glad I got to talk to him last week. The problem that I called him about didn’t seem like much of a problem after all…
Jan and I are saddened by the loss of our friend Brian. As we say in East Texas, He was a goodun, even if he was a Yankee. Our condolences to his family. We will miss him
Melanie and all of the Smith family, Brian was an intelligent and caring person. He will be sorely missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brian was a great friend and a great man, simply the best. Melany, I am honored to have known you both.
I was so sorry to hear about Brian’s passing. I worked on a claim with Brian and knew him only through my dealings with him over the phone and through email. But it was easy to determine that he was a gentleman and a fine human being. I am quite confident that he will be missed by many.
I know there’s a place, way up in the sky,
Where pilots go when it’s their time to die-
A place where a guy can buy a cold beer
For a friend and comrade, whose memory is dear;
A place where no doctor or politician can tread,
Nor management type would ere be caught dead;
Just a quaint little place, kinda dark, full of smoke,
Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke;
The kind of place where a lady could go
And feel safe and protected, by the men she would know.
There must be a place where old pilots go,
When their paining is finished, and their airspeed gets low,
Where the whiskey is old, and the women are young,
And the songs about flying and dying are sung,
Where you’d see all you friends who’d flown west before.
And they’d call out your name, as you came through the door;
Who would buy you a drink if your thirst should be bad,
And relate to the others, “He was quite a good lad!”
And then through the mist, you’d spot an old guy
You had not seen for years, though he taught you to fly.
He’d nod his old head, and grin ear to ear,
And say, “Welcome, my son, I’m pleased that you’re here.
“For this is the place where true flyers come,
“When the journey is over, and the war has been won
“They’ve come here at last to be safe and alone
From the government clerk and the management clone,
“Politicians and jerks, the Feds and the noise,
Where the hours are happy, and these good ol’boys
“Can relax with a cool one, and a well-deserved rest;
“This is Heaven, Dear Brian — you’ve passed your last test!”
Brian was a true friend to all of us and a good man. Tracy and I send condolences and love to you Mel.
He will be missed by us all. Was an honor and a pleasure to have met him and enjoy some lovely afternoons together.