LAKE PLACID — Charles J. Smith Sr., 87, of Lake Placid, died Sunday, March 8, 2009 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
Born Sept. 4, 1921 in the town of North Elba, he was the son of Merrill I. Smith Sr. and Ruth (Pratt) Smith.
He drove a truck for the C.C.’s at Bolton Landing, then worked at the mines in Mineville until he enlisted in the Army during World War II and was stationed at Panama Canal.
He ran heavy equipment for the D.E.C., Porter’s Construction and Olympic Construction and worked as a night watchman at Mount Van Hoevenberg’s bobsled run before retiring.
Charley took a group of kids, built a camp in Bear Cub and, with his experience and knowledge, always had the time to take them hunting and fishing; more importantly, he taught them to be kind, respectful adults. He continued to share his wisdom and stories through to the great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department and raced with the Lake Placid Panther Race Team.
He is survived by his sister Maude (Smith) Barney from Lake Placid; his son Charles (Joe) Jr. and Claudia Smith of Wilmington; his grandchildren: Pamela and her husband Michael Shambo of Au Sable Forks, Robert Mullarney of Lake Placid and Christie and her husband Alan Sawyer Jr. of Lake Placid; his great-grandchildren: Corrine Shambo, Dexter (Joseph) Shambo, Hunter-Ryanne Sawyer and Gabriel (Charles) Sawyer; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Betty L. (Sears) Smith and a brother, Merrill Smith Jr. of Russell.
Calling hours were held Tuesday, March 10 at the Clark Funeral Home. A prayer service was held by the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 11 at the funeral home, followed by burial at North Elba Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Mihill officiated.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tri-Lakes Hospice, which was there for Charley and his family throughout his final days.