Albert D. SmithAugust 30,2014
GREENSBORO — Albert Donald “Babe” Smith, 99, a former Montpelier and Barre Town resident, died peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
Born on April 16, 1915, in Montpelier, he was the son of George I. and Bertha Mary (Crane) Smith. He attended elementary school in Montpelier and Montpelier High School.
On Nov. 26, 1933, Babe married Marion E. Roya in Bristol with his brother Everett in attendance. Following their marriage, they made their home in Montpelier before moving to Barre Town in 1963. Upon his retirement in 1977, they began to winter in Pompano, Sebastian and Beverly Hills, Florida. They would spend their summers at Lake Eligo in Greensboro. Babe enjoyed many early mornings fishing for that “big one.” Mrs. Smith died on Jan. 16, 1997.
In earlier years, Babe worked for Karl Knapp as a contractor, and for Crip Polli and Cap Craige as the manager for the City Service Station in Montpelier. He also worked for the Colt Patent Fire Arms Co. and the Standard Automotive Store in Montpelier. For 21 years, he worked for Taylor Chevrolet, which later became Cody Chevrolet Enterprises, as parts manager, service manager and body shop foreman, where he had many fond memories that he shared with many.
Babe was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge 22 of Montpelier and was proud to have received his 65-year pin, and the Montpelier Elks Lodge where he had received his 40-year pin. He was also a member and past director of the Lake Eligo Association and the Sebastian Moose in Florida.
Survivors include his daughters, Susan S. Camp and her husband, William, of Monkton, and Sandra J. Smith, of Barre; 10 grandchildren, Lauren, Valerie, Edward Jr., Jay S., Melanie, Tracy, Jeff, Jay L., Jaime and Wade; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Mary T. Smith, of Barre; a brother-in-law, Cleave Roya, of Barbersville, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his son, Edward C. Smith, who died in June of 1990; his grandson Joey Laquerre Jr. in 1991; two brothers, Carlton Smith and Everett Smith; and son-in-law Wayne Smith.
A celebration of Babe’s life will be held at the Montpelier Elks Club on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. Interment will be in the Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home Building Fund, 22 Maggie Pond Road, Greensboro, VT 05841.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.
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