Gary Louis Smith, 71 resident of Gray, ME died quietly
April 23, 2018 at the ME Veterans Home in Scarborough after a long battle from Agent Orange and Parkinsonism with his devoted loving wife Jean Davis Smith and family at his side.
Gary was born Dec 17, 1946 in Newburgh, NY the second son of Leslie and Margaret Smith. He is survived by his wife, Jean Davis Smith of Gray, ME and one “Best friend”- big brother, Allan and his wife Yuri Smith of Milton, NH. Special nieces and husbands: Carol Boyer and husband Paul, Milton, NH and Brenda Ruhe husband, Jerry of Mystic ,CT.
Gary spent his youth days in Newburgh, NY. After high school graduation he joined the US Army 1966-1968 and proudly served in Vietnam 67-68. He graduated from a journeyman apprentice school as a journeyman Iron worker and was a self employed welder, Maine DOT, a carpenter and joined his wife Jean’s electrologist practice until he retired.
His lifetime memberships included: (American Legion, DAV, VVA, VFW, NRA,) Royal River Gun Club, Maine Association of Electrolysis and Bible Believing Baptist Church of Gray.
Gary and Jean spent many enjoyable hours in the outdoors at their Rockwood Campsite, Greenville/Moosehead Lake Property and Eustic, Flaggstaff Lake camp: fishing, hunting, boating in addition to motorcycling.
Gary was a true handyman and great fix-it person and found time to RV travel thru the United States. A special 25th anniversary trip to Hawaii topped there travel list.
They met many wonderful lifelong friends on their journeys. Gary loved his many companion rescue dogs.
Gary will be mostly missed for his wonderful smile and mischievous grin and great sense of humor and the twinkle in his big blue eyes!
He was grateful and so very appreciative of the loving and wonderful care he received while he was a resident at the Maine Veterans Home from both the staff and his fellow veterans and their family members who blessed him with their loving care.
Gary’s been to War and Fought the battle and is finally at peace!
A heartfelt thanks to the loving staff at Beacon Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at one 'o'clock on April 28th at the Bible Believing Baptist Church of Gray, 92 Center RD, Gray.
A memorial donation, in lieu of flowers, in Gary’s honor may be made to the Bible Believing Baptist Church of Gray, PO BOX 648, Gray, ME 04039 or the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range RD, Brunswick, ME 04011