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California man killed in obvious Hawaii shark assault was ‘good-hearted’ household man who simply retired, associates say

The California man who was killed in an obvious shark assault whereas swimming in Hawaii on Saturday was a “good-hearted” household man who led an energetic way of life, in line with his associates.

The sufferer, 65-year-old Thomas Smiley, was a longtime optometrist and resident of Granite Bay, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. Smiley had flown into Maui together with his spouse two weeks earlier than the deadly assault. He had simply retired this 12 months, KPIX reported.

“He was a good-hearted man,” Dr. Gary Taxera, a lifelong pal of Smiley’s, advised KCRA-TV. “He was one of those people, he would ask [his patients], ‘How are you doing?’ And basically wanted to know how you were doing. Not because it was conversation.”

Taxera advised the station that Smiley liked snowboarding, scuba diving and arranged racing occasions. However Smiley’s largest ardour, Taxera mentioned, was his household.


“When he became a grandfather, that tender side that was in there that he always kept suppressed, he couldn’t keep it suppressed anymore. He loved his children and he really loved his grandchildren,” mentioned Taxera.

Witnesses cited by Hawaii Information Now advised Maui police that Smiley was swimming about 60 yards from the shore in Honokowai close to Ka’anapali Seaside Park when the assault occurred. Emergency responders have been referred to as to the scene round 8:45 a.m.


A Maui police spokesman mentioned responders pulled Smiley ashore and tried to revive him. He was pronounced lifeless on the scene. The final deadly shark assault in Hawaii was in 2015 when a snorkeler off Maui was killed.

Fox Information’ Travis Fedschun and The Internet contributed to this report.

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