Industry Mourns Loss of Mark Smith

Well-known mobility advocate, writer and speaker, Smith also handled publications for Pride Mobility and Quantum Rehab.

Noted author, public speaker and disability advocate, as well as veteran member of the HME industry, Mark Smith passed away at age 47 on Sun., Nov. 25, surrounded by his family in Shavertown, Pa.

Born with cerebral palsy, Smith worked for 17 years as general manager at Quantum Rehab and Pride Mobility Products, where he supplied input on various projects and provided consumer feedback to the research and development team. Mark also oversaw the company’s public relations and worked closely with industry trade publications.

An author of five books and myriad magazine articles and columns, Smith was a prolific writer both in the industry and as a mobility advocate. He was well known for his website, powerchairdiaries.com (previously known as wheelchairjunkie.com), and he was a sought-after lecturer and inspirational speaker

Smith is survived by his wife, Holly, daughters, Emily and Annabelle, as well as numerous other family members and friends.

A public service will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fire and Ice in Shavertown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, Smith previously stipulated that donations can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Well-wishers can send cards and other items to:

The Family of Mark Smith
c/o Marketing Dept.
Pride Mobility Products
182 Susquehanna Ave.
Exeter, PA 18643

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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