Norwich - Charles E. Smith Sr., 89, of Norwich, died early Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2013, at the Norwichtown Rehab and Care Center.|
He was born in Holliday's Cove, W. Va., on Jan. 23, 1924, the son of the late Albert and Amanda (Mahoney) Smith. Charlie was employed for 33 years as a mail clerk at the former Norwich Hospital in Preston, retiring on April 1, 1985. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Taftville.
Charlie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Peter Gallon Post 104 in Taftville, was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 9452 in Preston, a life member of the Disabled American Veteran's John Morse Chapter No. 10, a blood donor, and was active with the Boy Scouts Troop 10 in Taftville.
Charlie was twice married. He first married Claire (Deslandes) Smith on Jan. 23, 1943 at Sacred heart Church in Taftville, who died on Nov. 30, 2001. He later married Lucille (LaRose) Gignac Smith on Nov. 4, 2004 at Sacred Heart Church in Taftville, she survives him.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Charles E. Smith Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, of Taftville and James A. Smith and his wife, Ernestine, of Norwich. His five grandchildren, Charles E. III, Pamela, John, Jennifer and David Smith. One great-granddaughter, Abby May Napierata; and one great-grandson, Bailey Napierata. He is also survived by two step-sons, Wayne Gignac of Norwich and Paul Gignac of Danielson
A calling hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, at the Guillot Funeral Home, 75 South B. St., Taftville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church in Taftville at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Taftville.
The family would like to thank the Norwichtown Rehab and Care Center for their care and compassion shown to Charlie during his stay.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart School, 17 Hunters Ave., Taftville, CT 06380.
Published in The Day on Nov. 2, 2013