KEENE - Michael D. Smith, Jr., 33, a life-long resident of the Monadnock Region, passed away peacefully at his home in Keene, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
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He was born July 23, 1980, in Keene, the son of Susan (Brumaghim) and Michael D. Smith, Sr. He was a 1999 graduate of Monadnock Regional High School.
Mike had a very out-going and up-beat personality, and was always able to find the good in bad situations and never judged anyone. He was an accomplished musician and enjoyed writing music and playing with his Dad. Mike was an enthusiastic thru-hiker who completed the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, and the Long Trail from Vermont to Canada and was given the trail name "Mystic" due to his peaceful and positive nature. He loved sharing stories of his time on the trails and the many wonderful people he met along the way. He also had a deep passion of photography and a keen eye to capture some of the most beautiful scenes in life with his camera.
He is survived by his parents: Susan and Michael D. Smith, Sr., of Bennington, his brother, Jason Smith, of Bennington, his grandmother, Marion Brumaghim, of Peterborough, two aunts: Judy Davidson and her husband, Rick, of Jaffrey, and Muff Caisse and her husband, Don, of Temple, three uncles: Thomas Brumaghim and his wife, Michelle, of New Ipswich, Steve Brumaghim and his wife, Suzi, of Troy, and Richard Brumaghim of Alstead, and several cousins, extended family members and many friends. He is predeceased by his grandfather, Richard Brumaghim.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Keene Elk's Lodge on Roxbury Street in Keene, on Nov. 2, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m. Family and friends are invited to come share their stories and memories of Mike.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, PO Box 807, Harpers Ferry, W. Va. 25425 or you may make donations on their website, www.appalachiantrial.org/donate.
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Oct. 29, 2013