The neighborhood of Liverpool, NY is mourning today for Smokey. He was by all accounts the handsomest cat in the neighborhood – where on Halloween, the children would care more about visiting Smokey than they would about getting treats…because Smokey had been trained to meow on cue. He was adopted by the Malvasi’s from a military family that was moving to Germany when he was three years old. The family had said he,”was quite a talker” and they had intended to send for him, but the Malvasi family quickly became attached to Smokey, and he to them, and so he stayed. Named Smokey because of his gray color, the hefty 9-pound cat was easy-going, strong and confident; the King of Liverpool. He ignored the Orange Neighborhood Bully Cat – setting an example not only for felines, but for humans as well. His last meow was heard at home, on the deck in the shade under the picnic table with the birds singing around him; his favorite place to relax. Smokey leaves behind a grieving but grateful family – Silva, Rob and Annie Malvasi.