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.
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