Meriden native killed in Mississippi crash remembered as positive influence to those around him

Meriden native killed in Mississippi crash remembered as positive influence to those around him

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Ryan Daniel Smith.

MERIDEN — A city native who died last week from injuries in a car crash is being remembered as someone who positively impacted those around him.

Ryan Daniel Smith died Aug. 25 from injuries he suffered in a car accident in Oxford, Mississippi. He was 26.

Smith was influenced by his father’s wrestling career while growing up, and was a member of Meriden Youth Wrestling through high school, according to his obituary. He later joined the Platt High School varsity wrestling team, and graduated from the school in 2009.

Smith recently moved to Oxford, Mississippi to “better his life,” his obituary states.

“During his time there, he became an inspiration to all those he met and was the truest example of a ‘success story,’” his obituary says. “Ryan’s kind heart and gentle spirit touched the lives of all those he met. His smile and positive outlook on life was contagious.”

“Ryan’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives,” his obituary notes. “Ryan was the light of our lives.”

Several friends expressed their condolences over social media.

“You impacted many people’s lives in a positive way, you will be truly missed!!!” one Facebook user wrote.

“My heart is heavy... You truly showed genuine kindness and taught many how to keep smiling through all the punches life throws,” another commenter said.

He is survived by his father Daniel Smith, his mother Cheryl Smith and his sister, Heather Smith.

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