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Carter R. "Russ" Smith

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Carter R. 'Russ' Smith; 71

LUNENBURG -- Carter R. "Russ" Smith, 71, a resident of Lunenburg for most of his life, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center, after a long illness.

He leaves his wife of 53 years, Vera D. (Benedict) Smith; three sons, Michael V. Smith, and his wife, Cathy, of New Ipswich, NH, Matthew V. Smith of Lunenburg, and Marshall V. Smith of Fitchburg; one sister, Kathleen Whitney of Shirley; one grandson, Michael A. Smith of New Ipswich and one granddaughter, Megan Smith of Lunenburg and one great-granddaughter, Alexis Bonet of Lunenburg.

He was predeceased by a half brother, Harold Smith of Fitchburg, and a half sister, Gloria Roy of Lunenburg.

Mr. Smith was a Truck Driver for Schneider Trucking Company for many years, retiring in 2009. Previously, he worked at the former American Can Company in Fitchburg as a Machinist for several years until their closing.

He attended Lunenburg High School and was an avid golfer, playing at Maplewood and Westminster Country Club.

Russ was a Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict serving as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1959 to 1963. He was on the U.S. Enterprise during the Cuban blockade. He later served in the National Guards in the 1970's for four years.

He was born in Boston, MA, on November 4, 1942, the son of the late Harold R., and Martha (Gedenberg) Smith.

SMITH -- Mr. Carter's Funeral and Burial at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, MA will be private. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, P.O. Box 142, Lunenburg, MA 01462.

The Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 763 Mass Ave., Lunenburg, MA is directing Funeral arrangements. See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Feb. 21, 2014
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