JONESPORT – Raymond O. Smith, 94, a lifetime resident of Jonesport, went to be with the Lord Jesus Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Ellsworth, surrounded by numerous members of his family. Raymond was born June 6, 1918, in Jonesport, eldest son of Leon R. and Gladys (Kirby) Smith.
After graduating from Jonesport High School in 1938, he served in the U.S. Army, graduating from Motor Transport School at Fort McPherson, Ga., with a rating of 1st class machinist. Raymond worked as a commercial fisherman for more than 85 years, receiving his first fishing license at the age of 9. During the ’50s and ’60s, he carried and seined herring and dragged shrimp. Additionally, he was involved in the establishment of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and was part owner in Smith’s Lobsters. Raymond was a member of United Pentecostal Church of Jonesport for many years, serving in various capacities as secretary-treasurer, board member, trustee and superintendent of Sunday school. In more recent years, Raymond was a faithful member of Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, Machias. Raymond served his community by sitting on the Jonesport School Board for 14 years and served as board chairman of school districts 101 and 102.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 16 years, Barbara Smith of Jonesport; children, Herbert L. and Linda, William R. and Ruth, Ralph L. and Joyce, and Jean M. Guptill and William, all of Jonesport, and the Rev. David R. and Donna of Holden; stepdaughters, Bethany Shute and Sherwood, and Alissa Dye and Michael; brother, Leon R. Smith Jr. and Angelina of Jonesport; sisters-in-law, Betty Smith of Jonesport and Janis Woodward of Beals; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife of nearly 54 years, Louise W. Smith, in 1996; his parents; brother, Robert Smith; sisters, Lucille and Marilyn Smith; grandson, Dwayne Smith; and great-grandsons, Cameron Isaac Farris and Cole William Guptill. The family wishes to extend their appreciation and thanks to the dedicated and caring staff of EWD Clinic, Gouldsboro, and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth.
Visiting hours are scheduled 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Ralph Smith’s Cottage, 7 Smith St., Jonesport. A funeral service will begin 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, 4 Pentecostal Drive, Machias, with Pastor Denzil A. Channell officiating. Committal will be afterward at Greenwood Cemetery, Jonesport. Remembrances by way of donation may be made to Pentecostal Lighthouse Church. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias.