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Clarence Alfred Smith Obituary
Clarence Alfred Smith October 18, 1928 - September 26, 2013 Montville - Clarence "Mickey" Alfred Smith, 84, of Montville, quietly passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013. He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, the late Carol Ann (Jelly) Smith who died in 1994. He was born on October 18, 1928 in Montville, the youngest of 10 surviving children born to Joseph Thomas Smith and Mary Rose (Sheehan) Smith. He lived in Montville all his life, living less than a mile from the house he was born in. He attended Montville schools and NFA. He joined the Air Force after high school and was stationed in Ohio. He was an exceptional baseball player in his day, playing in many local leagues, and he eagerly followed the careers of local boys who made it to the major leagues. He worked as a carpenter all his life, retiring in 1995. He built, entirely by himself, the two homes he lived in during his adult life. He gave generously his time and expertise to many family members and friends, helping them build decks, additions, new houses, and much more. Clarence was predeceased by his four brothers (Joseph, Richard, John and George Smith) and four sisters (Lily Silva, Helen McCool, Margaret Whipple and Mary Vitro). He is survived by one sister, Rita Leone of Norwich with whom he spent his last days. Clarence and Rita were across the hall from one another at Bridebrook Rehabilition Center in East Lyme. Clarence will be sadly missed by his family and his many relatives and friends. He is survived by his daughter, Regina McCutcheon and her husband Bruce of Waterford, his son, Kevin Smith of Montville and two granddaughters of whom he was particularly proud - Megan McCutcheon of Hopkinton, Mass. and Kalyn McCutcheon of Brooklyn, New York. He also leaves many special nieces and nephews. They will all miss his love and his silly jokes. Clarence was quite a romantic and a jokester. He drew many funny cartoons for his children and granddaughters during his life and wrote many poems and letters to his granddaughters while they were away at college. One poem, in particular, that he wrote for them, they would like to share at this sad time. What If What if people never grow old? Just how many people could this world hold? They would be grandmas and grandpas to the power of 10 We would see them forever, again and again The very same faces forever and a day There not an inch left for children to play So I guess it's right that the weary grow old To make room for the bright and the bold Funeral services and burial will be private, limited to family members only. No donations or flowers please. We just ask you to please tell your family that you love them and brighten someone's day by performing a random act of kindness, in Clarence's honor today. To leave a message of condolence for Clarence's family, please visit his memorial at www.montvillefuneralhome.com. The Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, is assisting with arrangements.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Sept. 29, 2013
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