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Body of Horsham Man Washes Ashore

Brad Smith had been missing since Friday afternoon.

The body of a 54-year-old Horsham man was recovered roughly 20 blocks south of where while treading in knee-deep water at the Jersey shore Friday, according to Shore News Today.

The owner of father-son business on Easton Road in Horsham, Brad Smith's body washed ashore at approximately 1:15 a.m. Monday and he was declared dead about an hour later, according to the report. 

Smith and another man were walking with their daughters in knee-deep water in North Wildwood late Friday afternoon when they were said to have fallen into a drop in the sand.

ABC reports that the four were pulled out to sea by the undertow, though the other man and his daughter were able to make their way back to shore. A man on a personal watercraft rescued Smith's 7-year-old daughter. Searches continued through Saturday at 3 p.m. for Smith. 

Dozens of comments from Smith's friends, family and work colleagues poured in after Patch . 

"Devastated by your loss. Brad was not only a great husband and father, he was also a great friend and business associate," wrote Dave Hoffman. "Feeling your pain."

Kathryn Cahoon, a customer of Smith's, had this to say:

"Brad and I were just talking last week when he changed my oil about another person and how life is so unfair to good people," she wrote on Patch. "It's hard for me to grasp that this has happened to him and his family."

Although the news was devastating to Smith's family, his son-in-law, Jared, shared, "We can at least make some closure."

Carolyn Margueritte August 02, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Our family started taking our cars to Brad, all the way back to when it was Stan & Brad [at the Texaco]. And yes, he was a good man, always good to our family, always honest and fair. Brad treated us like family & the definition of 'decency' epitomizes him. He is proof that someone with honesty, integrity, & morals can succeed. This ia huge loss to our community & we are really going to miss him. I can't even imagine the pain his family is going through. Our deepest, deepest sympathies to all of Brad's family & everyone else who loved him. With heavy heart & sadness, Carolyn Margueritte, the Murzinski family & the Delaney family
Carole Ingenito August 05, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I also was on the beach that day ...and want to tell you how horrifying it was to know he was out there...my heart aches for this family and the friends that were with him this day...I prayed and prayed for all of them and am sickened at this outcome...praying for everyone in the coming days over this loving mans loss...
BILL BOUKALIS August 05, 2012 at 04:34 AM
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT BRAD'S PASSING. BRAD AND I GRADUATED IN 1976 TOGETHER FROM UPPER MORELAND HIGH SCHOOL. HE WORKED ON SOME OF MY CARS WHEN I LIVED IN WILLOW GROVE. WHAT A GREAT MECHANIC AND GREAT PERSON TO KNOW! GOD BLESS BRAD AND HIS FAMILY. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. BILL BOUKALIS
Donna Pena August 07, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Brad passing. We have been taking our cars to him for many years now. He was a good guy and very trust worthy. I am very sorry for your family's loss.
Joe Palko August 18, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I was absolutely shocked when I received an email from a friend letting me know about Brad's untimely death. I was in California at the time, and I regret that I could not attend any of the services for Brad. I have been Brad's customer for almost twenty years. I have not seen a more dedicated and honest mechanic in my life. I would bring our cars to Brad or Kyle and would simply ask him to fix them and let me know when I can pick them up. I never worried that Brad would "fix" what did not need to be fixed, or that he would overcharge me for his work. To the contrary, he would tell me: "Joe, you don't need this fixed. It's good as is, and it will last you a while". I simply had full confidence in Brad and his work. Such professional honesty is very rare and hard to find. I am confident that Kyle will follow in his dad's footsteps since Kyle is just as nice and decent as Brad was. My sincere condolences to Kyle and the entire Smith family. Brad will be dearly missed by all of us.

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