Russell  Smith


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Etna - Russell Smith, 80, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. Russell is the son of Harvey and Sadie (Toby) Smith, born August 2, 1938, at home in Charleston, Maine. Russell married Judith (Gilbert) on September 20, 1958. They built a home in Etna and together, they had 5 children; Daniel, Kelly, Carrie, Terri and Harvey Russell Christopher Smith.
Russell worked hard his whole life and providing for his family was most important. He loved horses and had a pair of draft horses, as well as, a small dairy farm with Judy. He worked as a diesel mechanic, was self-employed, plowed many roads in the winter months, hauled gravel and did ground work for home owners.
We celebrate the life of a much beloved son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, Russell Smith. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his sister, Inez ; sister-in-law, Jerry; his 5 children, son and daughter in-laws, many grandchildren, great grand children; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. Russell was predeceased by his parents, siblings and grandson, Dustin Smith.
Please join us for a gathering 12 to 3 pm Saturday March 30, 2019 at the Etna Town Hall.
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Published on March 7, 2019
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Bonnie Gould Collins
Apr 15, 2019
I just found out about Russell passing away. I am so sorry for your loss. He was always a pleasure to talk with. May you find comfort in knowing others care.
Darthea Palmer Tilley
Mar 13, 2019
Dear Judy,
Someone in Arizona is thinking of you. So sorry for your loss.
Big hugs.
Lisa Lisius
Mar 11, 2019
I was lucky enough to first meet Russell in 1976 when I was 16 years old. He impressed me as a man who knew who he was and what was important in life. He cared about doing things correctly and he cared about people, especially his family. His strength came from his deep understanding of the human experience. His intelligence, warm compassion, and great wit made him someone I greatly admired. The loss of Russell feels like a blow to humanity. He was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by all who knew him.
Don & Betty Mitchell
Mar 10, 2019
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Our families share so many special memories over the years of our friendship living in Etna. Sorry we are in Florida and unable to be with you during this difficult time of Russell’s passing.
Shelley Rockwell-Martin
Mar 08, 2019
My sincere condolences to you all in the Smith family. My father, Burns Rockwell, shared many great stories about Mr. Smith, from when they were both teens, and told of some great times they had together.

Prayers offered up for your family and may God bless you all.
Polly Woodard
Mar 08, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Love and prayers
Pat Johnston
Mar 08, 2019
Russ always had a smile and a hardy laugh. Exceptional gentle man whom l admired. Good bless his family during this time.
Yvonne & Dallas Evans
Mar 08, 2019
I want to express my condolences to the entire family. May he be received in the kingdom of heaven by our lord and all his loved ones waiting for him. Amen.
Wendy and Wayne
Mar 08, 2019
He will be missed by many.
Karen and Glendon Wilson
Mar 08, 2019
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Russell was a big part of our lives and our children’s lives. We enjoyed many years in the pool that he helped us build with his equipment, our boys learned their love of animals helping him take care of Chubba in his last years of life. He will be sorely missed. All of our love and prayers.
Mary Jane Erickson
Mar 08, 2019
What a dear man Russell was. Always a hello & a smile when you dropped in, no matter how far in-between visits. Russell & Judy were like another set of parents to me & my siblings. Growing up in Etna, that was the way it was. Rest in peace dear Russell. You will be sorely missed.
Dave Shaw
Mar 07, 2019
May years of great memories serve to sustain all who mourn Russ Smith's passing. As a coworker, and mentor during the formative years of my career Russell guided me in the proper way to perform our jobs. I will always remember the many things this man has taught me thru our years at A.J.Cole and will forever be proud to call him a real friend. Rest in peace old friend!
Mark and Vicki Austin
Mar 07, 2019
Harvey, to you and your family all of our thoughts and prays this poem is for you my friend.
As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering …..
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us …..
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enoug
...h for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.are with you my friend.
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