Alan H. Smith(1955 - 2014)

DEERFIELD, Massachusetts - Alan H. Smith, 58, of 784 River Road, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA, having been taken ill at home earlier in the day.
A native of Montague, MA, he was born on September 6, 1955 to Arthur H. and Barbara F. (Thompson) Smith and was educated in local public schools. Alan served during the Vietnam Conflict in the USN attaining the rate of Seaman Apprentice and was honorably discharged on September 8, 1981.
He was previously employed by the Oxford Pickle Company in South Deerfield, MA and later for the Town of Wendell, in the Department of Public Works. He worked at the municipal landfill and retired due to health reasons.
He enjoyed snowmobiling and was a member of the Northfield Snowmobile Club for many years. In earlier years, he enjoyed four wheeling, the outdoors, fishing, hunting and hiking. He enjoyed ""loud music"" and his beloved parakeets ""Tweety,"" ""Pretty Boy,"" ""Handsome"" and ""Pretty Girl.""
He leaves his loving son, Jeremiah J. Smith of Athol, MA, as well as his mother, Barbara F. Smith of Deerfield, MA, with whom he made his home. Additionally, he leaves his brothers: Patrick G. Smith of Montague, MA and his companion Donna Gaffey; Arthur H. Smith of Greenfield, MA and Michael V. Thorpe of Deerfield, MA. He is remembered with great affection by his cousin, Mary Lou Thompson and by his dear friend Craig Rice, both of Deerfield, MA.
Alan was predeceased by his father, Arthur H. Sr., in 2002 and by his brother, James in 1985.
At Alan's request he is to be cremated. His ashes are to be buried in the family plot in the Green River Cemetery in the spring of this year, with a private inurnment committal service for family only, to be conducted by Rev. Jeffrey Galbraith, Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Greenfield.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 23 Long Ave. The Rev. Jeffrey A. Galbraith, pastor, will officiate.
Private inurnment services, with military honors, were observed.
Visiting hours are omitted.
Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions are encouraged in lieu of flowers in Alan's memory to: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 23 Long Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com.

Funeral Home

McCarthy Funeral Homes
36 Bank Row Greenfield, MA 01301
413-774-4808

Published in The Recorder on June 3, 2014