Peter H. SmithersAugust 28,2014
RANDOLPH — Peter Hayward Smithers, loving husband, father, Grampie and friend, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
Born Feb. 2, 1950, in Randolph, Vermont, Peter was the son of Wendel and Jacqueline Smithers. He spent his youth in Randolph and moved to New Jersey with his parents during his high school years. He would fondly tell people, “I did time in New Jersey.” Returning every summer, he stayed with his grandparents. After graduating high school, he returned to Randolph and attended Keene State College and got a degree in education. Although he never spent time in the classroom as a teacher, his training as a teacher was always evident in his ability to be a leader and teacher.
During his 20s he says he put God on the back shelf. After attending a Tres Dias weekend in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the early ’80s, he rededicated his life to his Lord, and has never turned back. He claimed his life verse from Hebrews 12:1 and 2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
As a member of the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Peter was a faithful servant, an elder and instrumental in the music ministry playing his guitar and leading worship. Active in the Vermont Tres Dias family, he attended his weekend as a participant and served on several teams in many roles.
Peter’s loving spirit was often present when a need arose with a friend, always the first to lend a hand, and enjoy the company of his good friends and family. The apple of his eye was his granddaughter, Evelyn, whom he would do anything for, and she in turn gave him so much happiness.
Excited about retirement, he gave his notice to his longtime employer, Magee Office Equipment, only a few weeks ago. His retirement life was to start the first of September.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Janet, of Randolph; his son, Jeremy, and his wife, Jen, of Keswick, Virginia; his daughter, Kristin, and her fiance, John DiGloria, and their daughter, Evelyn, of North Randolph; stepdaughter Jennifer Smithers and her husband, Greg, stepson Jonathan Hutchins and his wife, Christine, all of Cambridge; his stepdaughter Tina Charette and her three daughters, of Sanford, Maine; stepson Thomas Edson and his son, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He also leaves his brother Richard Smithers and Aunt Jean Smithers, of Parlin, New Jersey; many nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws and special friends. He was also looking forward to the arrival of two more grandchildren, James and Grace, who are to be adopted from Africa. Peter was predeceased by his first wife, Evelyn; his parents; and his brother Jeffry Smithers.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Route 66 at Hebard Hill Road, Randolph, with the Rev. Ronald E. Rilling officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Green Mountain Gospel Chapel. Online condolences may be shared at www.dayfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mariatus Hope. This organization is run by our dear friends, Ruth and Robert Search. There is a Paypal link on the website: www.mariatushope.org.
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