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Charles W. Smith

March 22, 2015

Charles W. Smith, 101, E. Main St., Brownville passed away Sunday evening, March 22, 2015, at his home.

As per his wishes there will be no services and arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

He was born in Watertown on June 20, 1913, son of Charles H. and Julia C. Lewin Smith. He attended school in Watertown and several trade schools over the years.

At a young age he joined the US Navy. He was honorably discharged as an Aviation Pilot 1st Class with the V T. Squadron One-B (USS Lexington. After serving in the Navy he received his civilian pilot license. And that came in handy when he was asked to pilot airplanes in several films in the 30's, working with several well-known stars of the time.

In 1935 he married M. Adah Swain and Mrs. Smith died in 2000.

Charles worked civilly on Ft. Drum for many years after his discharge from the Navy and with two of his brothers, he worked at several car dealerships in Watertown as a car mechanic. And after 43 years of service to Sears, he retired as their service repair manager.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville, the American Legions in Dexter and Brownville, VFW, and DAV. With his wife, Adah, he enjoyed motorcycling, snowmobiling and traveling and they wintered in Florida for eighteen years. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, sewing, and reading. Anything mechanical was his passion - fixing anything for anyone and was affectionately called "gadget man".

Charles is survived by his six children, Richard W. Smith and companion, Doris Keech, Watertown, Sharon M. and Louie Seery, Black River, Walter L. and Sandra Smith, Smithville, Sue A. and Ralph Johnson, Dexter, Mary E. and Frank Chavez, Manteca, CA, and Harold C. and Peggy Smith, Brownville; 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren; brother, Robert A. P. Smith, Sequim, WA; and several nieces and nephews. The family has a special thank you to his caregivers, Jean and Maynard Jantzi. Along with his wife, four brothers and one sister died before him.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations in his name to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601 or Soldier & Family Assistance Center, Mt. Belvedere Blvd., Bldg. 11042, Ft. Drum, NY 13602 or online at http://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/donate/. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#10 Valerie Goyer Dunn 2015-03-27 20:10
Mr. And Mrs. Smith lived across the street from my family on Paddy Hill as I was growing up. I remember my Mom going over to visit quite regularly. My condolences to the Smith family.
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#9 Bob and Debi Kish 2015-03-26 15:38
What can I say about Smitty. I worked with him at Sears Service until his retirememt. Give that man enough parts and he could fix anything. He will be missed, his humor and most of all always willing to help.
His son Harold took his place at Sears and could fix anything tb do with gears. So Harold to you and your faamily our sympathy and id threr is any we can do let us know.

Bob and Debi Kish.
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#8 Gary & Alice Gardner 2015-03-26 14:59
Our sincere condolences to the Smith Family with the passing of their Father. We so enjoyed our visits with Charles and Adah when they would stop to see us in South Carolina on their many trips to Florida. The thing I most remember about Charles was His intelligence... .He could converse about any topic.....Oh, and I, also, remember on the trip to Florida, He had is motorcycle strapped to the back of his camper and was over the age of eighty (80) years at the time. RIP Uncle Charles until we meet one day in Paradise....... .God Bless....
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#7 Tony & Mary Izzo 2015-03-25 21:57
Charlie was a dear friend while I worked at Sears.
Our dearest sympathy for the family.

Tony and Mary (Kehoe) Izzo
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#6 Laurie DuPre Kalson 2015-03-25 20:12
I enjoyed my Grandfathers "Spit and Vinegar" personality that made him larger than life, and his jovial sense of humor for 50 years. He was a man who always made room for you in his heart, home or around his table. A man who was always glad you came to visit. Although he had lost some of the "spit" leave after grandma passed; he still loved life and lived it to the fullest. He always fixed everything I broke, no matter how many times I broke it. He always had the greatest gadgets and wasn't afraid to teach ya how to do it. And when you asked him how he was; his reply was always: "Oh I am in the pink." I will miss him, his perfect white wave that crowned his head, his large calloused hands that were always tender to me. His love for friendly's ice cream, and whoppers from Burger king. But what I miss the most is pulling out of the drive way, while he and grandma waved goodbye from the kitchen window! Goodbye Grandpa! I love you! and I am so blessed to have had you in my life.
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#5 Jackie Lamica 2015-03-25 08:43
My sympathy to the Smith family.
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#4 Lee Ann LaVanchard 2015-03-24 19:30
Mr. & Mrs. Smith were our neighbors on Paddy Hill for more than 10 years. I remember Charlie as being a very nice man. To me he was huge, as I was just a little girl, but he always had a smile. Their house was my favorite at Halloween, rice krispy treats every time! Wonderful memories. My condolences to the Smith family.
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#3 Cyril Butch Cullen 2015-03-24 16:57
When I was a young boy growing up on Paddy Hill I often hung out with Charlie in his work shop. His mechanical skills and his tolerance of a young boy with nothing much to do was so important to me (I needed a father figure like Charlie and he came through during some pretty rough times in spite of the fact that he had his own large family to care for). The Smith family can be proud of your Dad.
Best wishes,
Butch Cullen
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#2 Michael 2015-03-24 15:46
I had the pleasure of caring for Charlie at the VA hospital in Syracuse several years ago. He was an incredibly kind man and carried himself with amazing dignity through some tough times. I was able to visit him several times at his home in Brownville and he was a gracious host. I will miss my friend dearly.
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#1 John Peckham 2015-03-24 04:55
My condolences to the Smith clan. Charlie is a character I will never forget.
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