HARRINGTON - Wayne Corin Smith, age 75 of Harrington, passed peacefully on the morning of September 10, 2015. In the days before his passing, Wayne gave his loved ones a special gift by making sure each and every one of them knew how much he loved them.
Wayne was born August 5, 1940 in Jonesboro, Maine. He was the first son of Olive (Morris) and Ellis Smith. Wayne's childhood days were filled with family and farming, both of which followed him throughout his life. His childhood stories always included the many wonderful times he had with family & friends, and his love for farming. From a very young age, Wayne was actively involved in 4-H, showing and winning awards throughout the Northeastern United States. Teenage years found Wayne managing his own small herd of dairy cows at the family's homestead residence.
Wayne attended the Jonesboro Schools where he thoroughly enjoyed participating in sports and school activities. From his father Ellis, he inherited superior skills on the baseball diamond. This love of baseball continued throughout his life, as never missed his sons' games, and his devotion to The Red Sox never wavered.
After graduating first in his class from Jonesboro High School, Wayne immediately joined the U.S. Army, where he served for three years, primarily as a tank mechanic in Germany. Following his honorable discharge in 1961, Wayne returned home to Downeast Maine and purchased Twin Brooks Farm in Cherryfield.
Shortly after embarking on this new journey, Wayne met Donna Brooks, a Boston city girl, who was visiting relatives in Cherryfield. In no time at all, Donna fell in love with both Wayne and dairy farming. Donna and Wayne were married in 1963, and for the next four decades they were equal partners in both farming and raising four children.
As the years passed, dairy farming became more and more of a struggle. It was a true challenge for farmers and their families to survive. By the 1990's Twin Brooks Farm was the only remaining family dairy farm in Washington and Hancock Counties. Wayne and Donna Smith's lives on the farm can best be described as ones of stubborn perseverance and determination to continue doing what they loved.
In spite of the constant, harsh economic realities of dairy farming, Wayne and Donna provided their children with experiences of hard work balanced with family times never to be forgotten. Twice daily milkings and summer months of 15 hour work days baling hay did not keep the family from enjoying special times away from the farm. Each year Wayne and Donna took their children to numerous country fairs all over the state, as well as attending every country show from Johnny Cash to Tanya Tucker to Alan Jackson. There is not a famous country act of the last 50 years that Wayne did not see at least once.
Wayne and Donna's love for children and family extended far beyond their own four children. Nieces and nephews from both near and as far away as Boston on both sides of the family came to the farm regularly. Neighborhood children were always welcome at the farm as well, whether it be to help with haying, to play baseball in the cow pastures, or to pile into the family car for an adventure.
In 2001, Wayne lost the love of his life when suddenly Donna passed away. Without Donna, he could not endure the hardships of dairy farming. More heartbreak followed with the sudden loss of Wayne and Donna's son David in 2006. Despite all of these losses, Wayne decided to persevere and focus on being the best grandfather he could be. Wayne's 10 grandchildren were all so blessed to have such a loving presence in their lives, and though they will all miss him dearly, the cherished memories will endure. Never will they eat baked beans on a Saturday night, hear a George Jones song on the radio, or pass by a harness racetrack without smiling and thinking of Grampie Smith.
Wayne is survived by his son, Wayne G. Smith and his finance, Robin Douglas of Milbridge; his daughter, Frances Smith Ashby and her husband, Robert Ashby of Brunswick; his son, Ron Smith and his wife, Brittany Ray of Milbridge; his daughter-in-law, Marie Smith of Freeport; his grandchildren, Joshua Smith and his wife, Annie, Erin Smith, Jessica Ashby, Cameron Ashby, Micaela Ashby, Connor Ashby, Bayley Ray-Smith, Tommy Ray-Smith, Jo-Jo Ray-Smith, and Ting-Ting Ray-Smith. He is also survived by his brother, Stan Smith and his wife Donna, of Jonesboro; brother-in-law Billy Brooks and his wife Lena, of Derry, N.H; nieces Karen Lostracco and husband Felix of Swampscott, MA; Kristine Smith and husband, Jason Berkowitz of Trumbull, CT; Jennifer Brooks of Methuen, MA; Sonia Brooks of Somersworth, N.H.; aunt, Francis Smith of Jonesboro, and aunt, Natalie Smith of Ellsworth, and great friend Dawn Mersereau of Cherryfield. Wayne was predeceased by his wife, Donna Brooks Smith, son, David Smith, brother, Ronald Smith, and parents Ellis and Olive Smith.
All are invited to attend Wayne's graveside services on Saturday September 19, 2015 at 2 pm at Rock Maple Cemetery in Harrington, ME. Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge.
"I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine
in your hair
I'm the shadow
on the ground
I'm the whisper
in the wind
I'm your imaginary friend
And I know I'm
in your prayers
Oh I'm already there"