Charles's Story

BANGOR - Charles William Smith, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at a Bangor hospital. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 23, 1943 to Charles and Ethel Smith.

Charles graduated from Roslindale High School in Massachusetts and went on to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro Kentucky, Bangor Theological Seminary, and graduated from the University of Maine Orono with a BA in education.

Charles worked for Sylvania Electronics in Massachusetts, was a student pastor at the Methodist Churches in Bath, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Addison, Harrington and Little River. He worked as a substitute teacher in area schools and as an Educational Technician at the Vine Street School in Bangor. He worked as a custodian for the Brewer School Department and for the Bangor First United Methodist Church. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a receptionist at the YMCA Sports and Fitness Center.

Charles was a longtime member of the Bangor First United Methodist Church. His faith was paramount in his life and he took part in all aspects of the life of the church. He sang in the church choir for a number of years and although he didn't 'read' music he sang with gusto! He was honored to serve on many boards and committees for his church. At the time of his death, he was serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and as a co-coordinator of the Thursday community meals that the church serves. He was involved in all aspects of the meal from purchasing food to scouring pans. His creamy mac-n-cheese was a particular favorite! He worked very hard each week and was grateful for the opportunity to serve others.

Charles loved cars of all shapes, sizes, and models, and always kept the family cars in immaculate condition. He could often be found plunging his hands deep into a sudsy pail of water to grab hold of his big soapy car sponge, then using it to rub and scrub the car dirt away. He also loved to garden, and despite battles with the neighborhood groundhog "Woody" and the Japanese beetles that ate even the stinky marigolds, his family enjoyed the benefits of his labors.

Charles is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Cissell Smith; daughter Sarah E. Smith of Bangor; son Joel R. Smith and wife Sheri of Sullivan; sister Lorna Thayer and husband Graydon; two brothers-in-law John Cissell and Thomas Cissell;nieces Rebecca Barker, Stephanie Hawkins, and Debbie Wissinger; nephews John Burton Cissell, Mark and Randy Thayer; cousin Warren Swim. He was "Umpa" to five grandchildren: Terrell, Avery, Jarod, Christian, and Nicholas and to six "Fur-Grandanimals": Papa Michael, Max, Jackson, Murphy, Jarvis, and his 'lap pal' Coopie. He also loved his special Kentucky friends and so looked forward to visiting with them each year: Don and Donna Dubrock, Hazel Denham, Linda Back, and Sybil Kennady and family. He was predeceased by his parents, his in-laws, and several aunts and uncles.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, April 11th at the Bangor First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex Street. A time of refreshment and conversation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the Bangor First United Methodist Church Community Meal, 703 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401.

"Faith is like a seed... plant it in your heart. God gives the harvest at the appropriate time."

Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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