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Albert G. Rudi "Captain" Smith

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MONROE, Mass. -- Albert G. “Captain” Rudi Smith, 81, a resident of Thayer Road in Monroe, died peacefully at his home on Monday evening Dec. 5, 2005, following a day of skiing at Mount Snow, Vt.

The captain was born in Dover, N.J., on April 21, 1924. He was the son of the late Alfred and Mildred (Lindemann) Smith, and grew up in Dover where he graduated from Dover High School. The captain had a full life as a merchant marine. Starting out loading and unloading ships, he eventually worked his way up and became a ship’s master, piloting ships around the world in and out of ports, many times carrying supplies for wartime efforts including World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He retired from Moore McCormack Lines at the age of 55 and relocated to this area in 1975. An avid sportsman, he had a passion for skiing and had been a member of The National Ski Patrol at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, he was a former selectman for the town of Monroe, Franklin County, Mass., Selectman’s Association, a member of the American Legion in North Adams, Sons of the American Revolution, National Police Reserve Officers Association, Williams College Sideline Quarterback Club of which he was past-president and Master Mates and Pilots Plan. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he played semi-pro football in New Jersey.

He leaves his brother-in-law, Harold White Jr. of Cochranville, Pa., and a nephew, David R. White, of Barnegat, N.J., and Mark White, of Albany, N.Y. He was predeceased by his sister, Beverly White, who died in September 2004.

A service to celebrate the life of Captain Rudi will be held at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, Vt., on Saturday morning, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Please bring a story to share.

Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to the Williams College Sideline Quarterback Club in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family of Captain Rudi, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 8, 2005
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