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Geoffrey Glenn Smith Sr.

Nov 30, 1960 - Jun 1, 2017

Geoffrey's Story

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Bangor - Entering the world on 11/30/1960, Geoff was born in Camp Pendleton, California, the only blued child in a sea of brown. He stood out early and often in his life, never fearing a new challenge or adventure. At age 7, he rode his bike off the edge of a cliff on a dare, scaring his parents witless. As a teen, he wore his white blond hair long, befitting his surfer boy/skateboarder style, despite living on a military base in North Carolina. Developing an early talent for working with wood, Geoff created skateboards that were works of art, almost too beautiful to use. He sold them locally, along with a few other items he had made….those were a little questionable, and the stories accompanying them the stuff of family legend. Geoff moved with his family to Maine as a Junior in High School; having earned many credits in North Carolina, he graduated early and entered the Boat School in Eastport. Geoff married his first wife, Jana Sullivan, in Eastport and welcomed his son, Geoffrey Glenn Smith ll into the world soon after. When divorce ended his marriage, he entered the Navy for 6 years. He acquired new skills, discovering his past difficulties in learning were due to dyslexia. Geoff persevered, passing difficult courses with the tenacity that was his trademark. While in the Navy, he was challenged to participate in a local Triathlon. Training daily, he honed his body to run, swim, and bike further and faster, competing in the event, finishing better than he had hoped.After departring the Navy, Geoff returned to Maine, and joined his father and brothers working in Construction. Under his fathers tutelage, Geoff continued to refine his skills, becoming a skilled craftsman. His quality cabinetry work led him to work on yachts in several boat yards and in countless high end homes. He built friendships along the way, gaining the nickname Giffy by those he called close friends. Geoff loved playing cribbage, listening to music, and having great times with friends and family.His second wife Donna Sargeant, brought Leeanna into his life, she became the daughter he always wanted. Step didnt exist in his description of his relationship with her; she was bonded to his heart. Leeanna gave him two wonderful grandsons, Kaleb and Cameron. They lit up his life, calling him Nee. Watching them grow was a source of joy and laughter. Divorcing after many years together, Geoff and Donna managed to reconnect as friends near the end of his life.
During his illness, his family and friends and loved ones became a steadfast team, fighting for Geoff, as he defied the odds to stay with us. Given a reprieve of precious time for creating special memories; Geoff used the time well, reconnecting and repairing relationships, enjoying simple pleasures. Geoff nearly left us on the tail of a comet, it was also the night of the "Snow Moon" a lunar eclipse, on February 10th. Geoff's friends, family and countless others bonded together through prayer and positive thoughts to keep him with us.He fought back through weeks of sedation, double pneumonia, and loss of mobility; entering remission gave him time to begin regaining his mobility. His goal was to return to Maine to spend time with many of those who loved him. Ultimately Cancer took him, but on his terms. Geoffs temperament was complex; known for a quick wit, he was a perfectionist, sometimes fiery tempered, sometimes saddened, yet always able to laugh and love with gusto. His caring and compassion continued, reassuring those dear to him, even when facing his mortality. He listened to Cat Stevens in his youth, the words of one song so appropriate now: Oh very young, what will you leave us this time, Youre only dancing on this earth for a short while….And though you want to last forever, you know you never will,you know you never will...And the goodbye makes the journey harder still….Geoffs journey on Earth ended June 1st, 2017, after a valiant attempt to survive Leukemia. He amazed doctors, nurses and therapists on his journey with his tenacity, he was Tugged', a Smith family term for tough and rugged. Geoff has left a large and loving family: his parents, Lawrence and Sheila Smith, his 3 sisters: Dawn Bryant, her husband Steve Bryant, Tammy Tripler , Heidi Martin, her husband Malcolm Bud Martin, his 3 brothers: Brett Smith, his wife Mary Smith, Lornie Smith, and Todd Smith.His legacy continues through his children; Geoffrey Glenn Smith ll, his wife Hilary, daughter Leeanna Connors, her husband Tim, their children Kaleb and Cameron. He will be missed by his many loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, wonderful friends and many others whose lives he has touched.
He was a loyal member of the Moose and Elks Lodges; their loving support helped ease the way during his final journey, his family is forever thankful.We are also extremely grateful for everyone else who helped us through Geoff's struggle; your kind words, prayers, positivity and support were blessings beyond compare.
The family has planned no public service at this time. Donations on his behalf may be made to the American Cancer Society or a Cancer research group of choice. Please consider platelet or blood donation in his honor, knowing others are being helped would have pleased him. Fly free Geoff, we will forever hold you close in our hearts.
Published on  June 6, 2017
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