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RAYMOND GODDARD SMITH(1938 - 2013)

SMITH, Raymond Goddard Devoted husband of Marian Mim (Montrose) Smith passed away unexpectedly at Lahey Hospital in Burlington on Tuesday November 26, 2013. As he always hoped, he was surrounded by his family. Ray Ray as he was known by other townies was born in Rockport on May 9, 1938. He relished telling one and all that he was the last baby born in Haskins Hospital who still lived in his hometown. He attended Rockport schools and graduated with the class of 1956. Ray also went on to graduate from Nichols College. After his studies Ray enlisted in the US Army. He finished his military service in 1962 and from that point on Rays entire focus was centered on the Smith family business of lumber and hardware which started in 1874. He was known and respected for his old fashioned customer service ethic. All his life Ray had a wide variety of endeavors. His primary interests were Free Masonry and horses. He was honored to serve as Master of Ashler Lodge, 1969: High Priest William Ferson Royal Arch Chapter, 1976; Excellent Commander Bethlehem Commandery, 1980; Imminent Master Salem Council, 1981; holder of Knights York Cross of Honor, 1983; District Deputy Grand Secretary for Wesley C. Tucker; holder of a Fifty Year Masonic Medal, 201 and a member of Aleppo Temple Shrine. Locally, he was a member of the Rockport Board of Trade; Corporator, Trustee, and member of the Board of Investment of the Granite Savings Bank; stockholder of the Rockport Golf Club and a member of Rockport American Legion Post 98. He was proud of the fact that he and his wife Mim were the first couple ever to be made Paul Harris Fellows, awarded by Rockport Rotary Club. One of his most visible passions was his life long involvement with the Rockport Christmas Tree Committee and his Chairmanship of it for over 35 years. In the horse world, Ray was well know as Vice President and Secretary of the Haflinger Association of America as well as USA voting representative to the World Haflinger Federation of Austria; co-founder with his wife Mim of Haflinger Breeders Organization; founding member of The Yankee Draft Horse Association; Trustee of Essex County Agricultural Society; member of Appalachian Wagon Train Association of Pennsylvania and Circus Fans of America. Ray was predeceased by his mother Edna L. Smith and father J. Raymond Smith as well as his sister Geneva S. Douglas. In addition to his wife of nearly 40 years, Ray is survived by his sister Susan L. Smith of New Orleans, his son Jay R. Smith, husband of Stephanie of Rockport, his daughter Janet Smith Pierce, wife of James of Gloucester, his son David J. Smith of Hawaii, his step-daughter Kirstie L. Ludwig and her spouse Joy Higgins of Fayette, Maine, step-son Scott E. Ludwig, husband of Heather of Magnolia, his grandchildren Benjamin R. Smith, Samuel J. Smith and Olivia A. Smith, all of Rockport, brothers-in-law Richard L. Doug Douglas of Rockport, Donald Montrose wife of Barbara and their children of Arizona, sister-in-law Cheryl Montrose and her children of Wyoming. He leaves as well, many close friends he considered family including John & Kathryn Newman of Great Britain; Richard & Lois Girard of Essex; James Robert & Sally Willing of Winchester. Over the years he also considered many of his employees as near family. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, School Street, Rockport. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, GLOUCESTER, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The burial will be held in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made to the Rockport Christmas Tree Committee c/o Doreen Carter, 2 Mary Helen Way, Rockport MA 01966 or c/o Rockport National Bank, 16 Main St., Rockport MA, 01966. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com. Greely Funeral Home, Gloucester, MA 978-283-0698

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Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 28, 2013
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