Kenneth C. Smith

BUCKSPORT ­— Kenneth C. Smith, formerly of Bucksport and recently of Sangerville, passed away on Dec. 30, 2010, at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft.

Ken was born in Harrington to Kenneth A. Smith and Josephine Burgess Smith of Harrington on Oct. 11, 1924. He was a graduate of Lubec High School and in 1943 from the second class at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, being appointed as a Third Mate and Ensign in the USNR. Ken served in both World War II and the Korean conflict, serving a total of eight and a half years with over 27 months of foreign sea duty. Some of the wartime ports of call were Omaha Beach, Normandy, Corrigador and the Philippines.

After military discharge, Ken sought to work for the people of the State of Maine and was in 1953 appointed to the Maine State Police, serving honorably in Troop A York County, Troop C Piscatiquis County, Troop E Washington County, Troop F Aroostook County, and Troop G Maine Turnpike. In 1973, Ken retired from there and began working at Maine Yankee in Wiscassett, eventually actually retiring to the home he built on the River Road in Bucksport. Always one to love hunting, fishing, or building something, he now had time to do it. He was never too busy to help his son, daughter, families or friends with whatever project or expedition was on going and will be greatly missed and always lovingly and respectfully remembered.

In later years, he became addicted to a game called golf and nearly became unrecognizable in his zeal for the perfect swing. His talk of friends at the 19th hole at the Bucksport Golf Course always brought smiles and fond memories.

Ken was predeceased by both parents; his sister Alice London of Bucksport; his former wife Mary Wheeler Spencer of Sanford; and his much cherished daughter Sharon Marie Marion of North Berwick.

He is survived by his son Bradford S. Smith of Sangerville; his former wife Dawn Danforth and her children Mark and Kathy of Bucksport; six grandchildren including Michael Smith of South Casco; and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be a military graveside service scheduled in the spring with a celebration of Ken’s life to follow at his Sangerville residence at a time to be announced then. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer.

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