BAILEYVILLE - Jerry Leigh Smith passed away Aug. 4, 2012, at Down East Community Hospital, surrounded by family. He was born Oct. 3, 1945, to Philip and Mary Smith of "Jacksonville, America."
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He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents; and his baby brother, Paul. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jannell (Bryant) Smith; his daughter, Michelle Smith and her son, Nathanael, of Gorham; his daughter, Dawn Tolman and her husband, Jeremy - the son he never had - and their children, Isaiah, Dawson and Bradey, of Machias; his brother and partner in crime, Dennis Smith and his wife, Maria, of Northfield; aunts and uncles, Phillip and Delores Dodge of Northfield, Ruthy and Charlie Rich of Bangor and Alice Woodman of East Machias; many cousins, nieces, nephews, "greats" and many friends.
He graduated from Washington Academy in 1963. After attending the University of Maine, Orono, for one year, he enlisted with the U.S. Army. During his three years of service he was stationed in Germany as a heavy equipment mechanic during the Vietnam War era. His primary employment after his return home was as a millwright with Georgia Pacific/Domtar/Woodland Pulp LLC, where he retired in October 2011. His passions were his camp, his boat, four-wheeling, fishing, hunting and ramming the roads. His riding companions would listen to him share his wealth of knowledge while he pointed out all of the spots that triggered memories, repeatedly. His most frequent victims were John Dickinson, Randy Myers and Jeremy Tolman.
At his request, there will be no "traditional" funeral service. However, his family believes the celebration of life party being held in his honor would be something he would sheepishly grin at in an unspoken approval. All are welcome. Bring your memories to share with all who loved him or laughed with him. Come to the tent in the field 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at 415 Kennebec Road, Machias.
We will love you forever!
Published in BDN Maine from August 8 to August 9, 2012