West Jonesport -
William R. Smith, 70, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 24, 2016. He was born October 6, 1945 in Jonesport, the son of Raymond and Louise (Woodward) Smith.
Killer grew up in Jonesport, and was a graduate of Jonesport High School, class of 1963. He grew up around the shore, and started fishing with his father when he was 8 years old. Fishing was his way of life, and he spent the bulk of his years from that young age on fishing the waters off Jonesport, depending on the season, for lobsters, taking out urchin divers, gill netting, and dragging for scallops. He had a work ethic that was legendary in the fishing community, where he was well known and will be missed. Killer was a vocal participant in many meetings that affected the industry, and served on the Urchin Committee. He was a member of Jonesport Lodge #188, A.F. & A.M, and the Anah Shrine, where he belonged to the Royal Jesters Club. When he wasn't fishing commercially, he enjoyed fishing the fresh water resources of Maine, and also loved hunting deer and birds. Killer was a man who was not afraid of speaking up for what was on his mind, and will long be remembered and respected for his opinions and valuable input. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, who will lovingly miss and fondly remember him.
Killer is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ruth M. (Lamson) Smith of West Jonesport; four children, Lynn Wren and her significant other, Todd Hamel of Thorndike, Stephanie Rolfe and her husband, Chris of Milbridge, April Warnock and her significant other, Shawn Alley of West Jonesport, and Kristi Smith and her significant other, Josh Faulkingham of Jonesport; eight grandchildren, Whitney, Monica, Mariah, Tori, Austin, Madison, Josh, and Lyla; siblings, Ralph Smith and his wife, Joyce, Jean Guptill and her husband, Lee, all of Jonesport, and David Smith and Donna of Holden; three sisters-in-law, Linda Smith, Jane Blackwood, and Gloria McDonald, all of Jonesport; an uncle, Leon Smith, Jr. and his wife, Angelina of Jonesport; his mother-in-law, Frances Morang of Jonesport; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will also be missed by a close friend, Lester Drisko, who was very devoted to him. In addition to his parents, Killer was predeceased by a grandson, Torey Alan Wren; a brother, Herbert Smith; and a nephew, Dwayne Smith.
Memorial services will be held 1 P.M. Saturday, October 1 at the United Pentecostal Church, 10 Lamson Road, Jonesport, with the Rev. Steve Bertrand, pastor, officiating. Interment will be private at a later date. Gifts in memory of Killer may be sent to The Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.