Jerry L. Smith

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.

BREWER – Jerry left this world Feb. 9, 2014, at his son’s, Shawn Smith, home in Carmel. Jerry was born May 14, 1947, the family farm in Caribou on to Albert and Doris (Woods) Smith.

He was a disabled Veteran who spent his later years helping anyone who needed help. He loved carpentry, refinishing furniture and building boats. He built his first boat at the age of 12 and built a few more during his life. His last boat that he was building with his son Shawn was never finished.

He joined the Order of DeMolay at a young age and followed the teachings, beliefs, and history of the Knights Templar all of his life. He was fluent in French, and could also speak some Spanish and Vietnamese. He was a member of the Bangor Lodge of Elks and the Brewer Eagles Club.

In his earlier years he owned “Top of the Hill Produce” selling potatoes to Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. He also traded futures of commodities on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Always wanting to stay busy, he installed lightening rods for a few years and then began selling real estate. For a few years he took care of estates in Bar Harbor then ended his working career working full time for the Maine Army National Guard in Houlton, Norway, Bangor and Brewer.

He is survived by his son, Shawn Smith of Carmel; and a daughter, Kimberly Smith of Bangor. He had three grandchildren, Devin, Jared, and Jayden. He also had a special sister, Sue, in California; and two brothers, Gary and his wife, Marge, of Portland and Ronnie and his wife, Doris, of Caribou.

Being the private person he was, there will be no funeral. Friends and family who wish may make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or a charity of their choice.

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