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William H. Smith

William H. Smith, 94, of Cedarview Road., Ipswich,  loving husband of the late Teresa (Hamlin) Smith, died January 14, 2015 in the Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Sping, MD.

Born on August 14, 1920 on Bell Road, Rome, NY,  he was the son of the late  Howard Smith and Ruth (Maxham) Smith and raised by  his Nettie Smith. A graduate of Rome Free Academy in Rome, NY,  he served three years during World War II as a Navy flight engineer aboard blimps. Following his honorable discharge he attended and graduated from  Northeastern University in Boston  with a mechanical engineering degree. In the following years he was employed as a mechanical engineer in the Aircraft Engine Department at General Electric in Lynn.

Bill was always a high energy person. He was a fifty year Master Mason at the John T. Heard Lodge in Ipswich, a companion with the Ipswich Ferson Royal Arch Chapter and a 32nd Degree Mason with the Salem Valley Masonic Lodge.  He also served for many years as a volunteer usher at the Northshore Music Theater and a volunteer at the Ipswich Senior Center. His passion was his golfing as he played for many years with his General Electric, TOGL League.

He was a longtime member of Ould Newbury Golf Club, was a member of the Ipswich Old Car Club  and for over sixty years was a beloved member of the First United Methodist Church in Ipswich.

He is survived by his devoted children, Pamela McRae and her husband Michael of Hyattsville, MD, and Jeffrey B. Smith and Jean Harris of South Boston, grandchildren Heather and Ian Carnaghan, Alvaro and Chris McRae, and Brooke Westby, great grandchildren Jack and Sam Carnaghan,  sisters Barbara and husband Bob Lamb,  Beverly and husband Fred Beckley and Anne and husband Jack Olney, all of NY, and a brother, Ronald Smith and his wife Mona of FL. He was the brother of the late  Bob Humphrey and  Jean Peitras-Burdock. 

While he will be missed  by the many who loved him, his love, wisdom and devotion to family and friends will be remembered always.

His funeral service will be held 10 am Tuesday January 20 in the United Methodist Church of Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, followed by interment with Military Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Monday 5 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich with a Masonic Service at 6:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the United Methodist Church, 31 North Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938 or to the Ipswich Dinner Bell, P.O. Box 259, Ipswich MA 01938.

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