JONESBORO - Thomas Irving Smith, 79, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. He was born Feb. 15, 1935, in Jonesboro. He was the first born child of Irving W. and Lily (Redimarker) Smith.
He lived most of his life in Jonesboro. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958. He was a jack of all trades, working construction and building many roads with his cousin Roger, digging clams with the Jonesboro boys, and lobster fishing. He owned and operated the Whitehouse Restaurant for 20 years with Carol Ann. He especially enjoyed working in the woods for many years, in fact, he owned the first chainsaw in the town in Jonesboro and passed away as he was cutting down a few Birch trees damaged by the Maine winter. He loved gardening, wood working, and feeding wild animals and birds. He had a great love for Downeast Maine Tradition, its woods and nature, and telling endless stories of the good old days.
He is survived by his children, Rhonda Reynolds and partner, Shawn Scoville, Linda Patryn and husband, Steve, and Vickie Smith and fiancé, Stevie Robinson; grandchildren, Mark and Jacob Patryn, Scott Reynolds, and Jordan Smith. The mother of his children, Carol Ann, to whom he was married for 38 years; a sister, Juanita Arey; brothers, Terry, Burton, Irving Jr., Brian, Duane, and Ronald. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, to include special cousins, Dennis Smith and Newell White; great-niece, Abby Harmon and his beloved cat, Baby. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his two sons, Peter and Mark Smith; a grandson, Johnathan Foss, a son-in-law, Steven Reynolds, sister, Ernestine Lund, and nephew, William Holland.
Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until noon Friday, May 30, 2014, held at McClure Family Funeral Services (corner of Charles and Drisko Street, Machias). A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Jonesboro. Donations in his memory may be made to the Ark Animal Shelter, 60 Barber Lane, Cherryfield, ME 04622. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com