Kalman (Colman) Josek Zmidek
Born: April 15, 1882 (Registration)
Married: July 17, 1913, to Beatrice (Beatie) Littman
Colman, the youngest of David and Sura Gitel's five children, founded the fancy cardboard production company, D Smith and Sons, together with his brother Gabriel in the 1940s.
Colman and Beatie had four children: Etty, Frieda, David and Cissie (Celia).
Howard Smith (Colman's grandson) has never forgotten what Colman told him when he was in his teens. " 'You don't need to go to a place of worship to be a good person. What counts is to be kind and decent to others.' He certainly practiced what he preached. When I went to Wales to work at DSS, I stayed with a lovely family, the Richards. The husband, Gordon, had worked as a night watchman for the Company and told me many times what a gentleman Colman was. Every year, Colman went to the factory in Neath for the Xmas party and Gordon told me that Colman had a gift for communication, he would talk to all the factory workers as equals.
"When I was younger, he and Beatty would invite me for lunch at Goody's in London and then routinely, we'd go and see a film in the West End. When I worked in the London Office, Colman came in for two hours every day and I always enjoyed chatting to him. He was a wonderful man." Colman and Beatty ate out at Goody's kosher restaurant every night for 35 years.
Colman and Beatie