Robert E. Smith, 91

Robert Smith

GIRARD, PENN. — Robert E. Smith, 91, passed away quietly on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Girard, Pennsylvania, following a two-year illness.

Robert was born in 1927, in Portland, Maine, to Charles I. Smith Sr. and Edith Hayes Smith, the fifth of their seven children. He attended Portland local schools and graduated from Deering High School in 1945.

He served in the Navy during the end of World War II. After the war, Robert was employed by Cummings Brothers and McGowan Educator Company in Maine, and also worked for Greeland & McCullough in Boston, Massachusetts. Bob then started a 38-year career with Sprague and Henwood, Inc., a core drilling contractor for construction and mining projects. Bob started as a laborer on their Maine Turnpike project in 1953 and rose through the ranks to become a Contract Representative/Superintendent, working out of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, home office. Among his most interesting projects were five summers spent managing the drilling operations for clients involved in mineral exploration north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

On May 4, 1954, Robert married Doris MacDermaid of Portland, Maine, in Angola, Indiana. Early on, Robert and Doris traveled the country with his work and lived in over 50 different locations. For the final 23 years of his career, Robert and Doris lived in Clarks Green, and neighboring Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, before returning to Maine to retire on Long Lake in the town of Naples.

Robert and Doris were blessed with two children, a son, Richard Alan Smith, and a daughter, Kimberly Smith Allen. Robert had five grandchildren: Kathleen Smith and Chris, Cody, Erin, and Shannon Allen. Robert was very proud of the education and accomplishments achieved by all, telling everyone that he didn’t have quantity, but he had quality!

Robert was reunited by his sister with a girlfriend he dated in 1948, years after Doris’ passing. On March 12, 2005, Robert was married to Jacquelyn Teeter in Cullman, Alabama. For years, they did the “snowbird” thing, traveling between the houses in Naples, Maine and Cullman, Alabama.

Through Jackie, Robert was blessed with stepchildren Stephanie McDonnell, Robin Miller, Tracy Stephans, and Eric Teeter. Robert was blessed to have a total of 11 step-grandchildren, 14 step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandson.

Robert enjoyed gardening, woodworking, going for walks, helping his neighbors, and spending time with his children and grandkids.

Robert is also survived by two sisters, Edith Roma of Westbrook, Maine and Louise DiPaulo of Bar Mills, Maine, and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris; his father and mother; brothers, Lockhart, Charles Jr., and Harold; and sister, Kay Bicknell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5017 Hagerstown, MD 21741. The family wishes to thank ALL of the personnel of the Regional Home Health and Hospice/VNA for their kindness, expertise, and patience.

Visitation for family and friends was held at the Hall Funeral Home Casco, Maine, on Wednesday, May 16, at 1 p.m., with a funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. Burial was in Crooked River Cemetery, in Naples, Maine, immediately following the service. Arrangements are being handled by the Burton Funeral Home in Girard, Pennsylvania and the Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco, Maine.

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