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Floyd M. Smith

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Smith, LTC Floyd M. EAST GREENBUSH LTC Floyd M. Smith (USAR) (Ret.) of East Greenbush died on January 1, 2013. Floyd was an independent insurance agent and owned the Floyd M. Smith Insurance Agency for many years. He also owned the East Greenbush Liquor Store. Before going into insurance, Floyd worked for the Glendale Dairy for many years. He retained a tremendous interest in the dairy industry. Floyd was an avid collector of dairy memorabilia and was known to drive a hard bargain when buying old milk bottles to add to his extensive collection. Floyd would dress in his white "milkman's uniform" to give talks about the old days in the milk business to various groups including school children, gatherings at the local library and other community groups. He would sometimes arrive in the Divco milk truck which he had restored. Floyd joined the Army National Guard at the age of 18 and after rising through the ranks over many years, "The Panda" retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He spent most of those years assigned to the New Scotland Avenue Armory and was a proud member of the 210th Armor Association. A volunteer firefighter since his days with Pumper 4 in Rensselaer, Floyd was a life member of the East Greenbush Fire Department with almost 45 years of service. Floyd enjoyed taking the fire truck to local schools during fire prevention week to teach school children about fire safety. Floyd was also a former fire commissioner of the Schodack Fire Department. In later years Floyd owned his own fire truck, a 1958 Mack which he had driven when it was in service in East Greenbush, but which had since been sold. Floyd bought it back and set about recovering the pieces of equipment which had been lost over the years. He enjoyed taking it to auto shows, driving it in parades and giving local children rides about town in his fire truck. Floyd was a charter member of the BPOE Lodge of Elks 2073. He was a life member with more than 50 years of service. He had worked on and chaired a number of different committees over the years and was elected exalted ruler for the 1994-1995 lodge year and was selected Elk of the Year in 2004 for his years of service to the lodge. Floyd had been president, treasurer, and in 1995 chairman of the board of directors of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Lions Club, the Rotary, the former East Greenbush-Nassau Kiwanis, the board of directors of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County, the Big I, PIA, the Divco Club of America, the Uncle Sam Chapter of the Antique Club of America, the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors, and the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America. Floyd is survived by his children, Kathryn, Jeanne, Floyd Jr., Mary Beth and Wendy; and his beloved friend and companion, Suzanne Polsinello and her family all of whom he held most dear. Floyd is also survived by nine grandchildren, his sister Marion McGuire and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Alice and Kathleen; and his brothers, Joseph and Harold. Funeral from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer Saturday morning at 9 and 10 at Holy Spirit Church, Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4 - 8 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. Condolence page at www.wjlyonsfuneralhome.com

Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2013
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