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Arthur Smith Jr.

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Arthur E. Smith Jr.

1924 -2013 HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. Arthur E. Smith Jr., 89, died August 29, after a short illness, surrounded by his family at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls. He was married to Gwendolyn (McMartin) Smith for 66 years. He was born April 22, 1924, in Petersburgh, N.Y., son of Arthur E. Sr. and Grace(Fuller) Smith. He was a lifetime resident of North Petersburgh. Arthur graduated from the Walter A Wood Memorial High School as Salutatorian in the class of 1941. He then started a career as a builder. Many of the homes he built are located throughout the Hoosick and Taconic Valleys. He was an original member of the school board of the Hoosick Falls Central School in 1956 and served two terms as President. He retired from the school board in 1975 and from his business in 1991. Apart from events celebrating his family life, he enjoyed outdoor sports, including hunting and fishing. His favorite sports teams were the Boston Red Sox and the Dallas Cowboys. Survivors other than his wife, Gwendolyn, are his four sons, David from Wellfleet, Mass., Daniel (Gail) of North Petersburgh, Dennis (Pam) of North Petersburgh and Richard of Hoosick Falls. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren FUNERAL NOTICE: In 1963, he and his work crew converted the North Petersburgh schoolhouse into a chapel known as the North Petersburgh Methodist Church. The services for Arthur will be held from this chapel on Tuesday Sept. 3, at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends may call at the chapel from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the services at the church, burial will be at the Hoosick Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Centers For Nursing and Rehabilitation or the North Petersburgh Methodist Church through the MAHAR FUNERAL HOME, 43 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. The family wishes to thank all professionals at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and all other who provided his excellent care. For persons unable to attend the services, the family suggests that they spend time talking with friends and family, an activity Art enjoyed throughout his life.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 2, 2013
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