SPRINGFIELD – A memorial service for William (Sam) Smith, 87, who died Saturday July 30, 2011 at Springfield Health & Rehab, after a long illness, will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
He was born August 2, 1923 in Mattapoisett, Mass., The son of William and Mary (Rodrigues) Smith, Sr.
He attended and graduated from New Bedford Vocational School, New Bedford, MA. He worked for Goodyear Rubber Co. in New Bedford from 1942 – 43. He served in the Army from March 1943 to January 1946, in WW II, in the Pacific, as a tech sergeant.
After the service he married his sweetheart, Sara (Welch) on July 14, 1946. He built a house in Mattapoisett for his wife and daughter Linda May, born on April 29, 1950. By 1954, when his second daughter Paula Lee was born, they had moved to Southwick, Ma.
He was a member of the American Legion # 338 in Southwick. He was a jack-of-all-trades while living in Southwick, MA. from driving a tractor trailer truck for Salter’s Express, owned and operated Bel White Hydraulic Jack Co., drove the school bus, owned and operated the Southwick laundry mat, owned and operated Southwick Construction, built the Southwick Golf Course, built the Southwick Motor Cross track, owned and operated a popcorn and sno-cone concession at the races in Southwick and the Flea Market in Brookline, VT.
He moved his family to their camp in Brookline, VT in 1975 where he retired but still fixed small engines and snowmobiles for neighbors. Sam enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, gardening, fixing anything and everything with his own hands and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Brookline Snow Mobile Club.
Since his illness (Alzheimer’s) began ten years ago he was moved to his daughter Paula’s, then to Brookwood Estates Nursing home, and finally to the Springfield Health & Rehab. The family couldn’t have gotten through these past years without the help of the wonderful staff at these establishments as well as the Adult Day Care in Springfield, VT.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Sally Smith, his daughter Paula and son-in-law Rene Boulrice of Reading, Vt., three grand-daughters, Melissa (Missy) Boulrice of Manhatten, NY, Melinda (Mindy) Boulrice & Jeff Grindlay, of Brookline, VT, and Michelle (Shelley) Boulrice of Manhatten, NY., and a great grandson, Mason John Grindlay of Brookline, VT. He is also remembered by many cousins and family in Mattapoisett, Needham and Fair Haven, Mass., as well as Vermont.
He was predeceased by his mother when he was nine months old; and his daughter Linda May in 1999.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Springfield Health & Rehab, 105 Chester Road, Springfield, VT or Brookwood Estates Nursing home, 1 School Street, North Springfield, VT.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, VT.
This obituary first appeared in the August 4th print edtion of the Vermont Standard.
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