QUECHEE — Owen Leighton Smith, 86, who died Dec. 7, will be cremated and buried at a later date in the Hilltop Cemetery in Quechee, per his request.
He was born June 6, 1927 in Westbrook, Maine, son of Vena L. and Robert A. Smith.
He was Valedictorian at Westbrook High School class of 1945. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., graduating in 1948. He sailed with Gulf Oil Co. until 1950. While a plebe cadet, at the academy, he met Rosemary Sammis of Port Washington, N.Y., that “blind date” turned into 63 years of very happy marriage beginning in 1950.
They had one son, James R. Smith who died in 1999.
In 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy, spending two years as Chief Engineering Officer on a destroyer escort. Upon discharge he was employed by Sperry Gyroscope Co. in Great Neck, N.Y. He was forced to retire in 1978 due to poor health. At that time he moved to Quechee.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Rosemary; and his brother-in-law, John B. Sammis of Winter Park, Fla., whom he was very fond of.
Owen will be remembered fondly by his many friends especially at the Quechee Visitors Center where he was a travel consultant for many years.
Owen was an avid reader and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Quechee Library, PO Box 389, Quechee, 05059
The Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction has been entrusted with arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the December 19, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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