Early on the morning of Tuesday, June 24, 2014, William Lee Smith of Canton passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor after a brief illness, with his wife and daughter at his side. He was 80 years of age.
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Born at his grandparents' home in Monroeton on March 7, 1934, he was the son of Laine T. and Eva B. (Wilcox) Smith. He spent his childhood years in LeRoy. As a young man he moved to Philadelphia, residing in the Manayunk section. He often said in later years how the steep, hilly streets of the neighborhood reminded him of his Bradford County roots. To his city friends he was "Bill," and to his country friends, "Lee." But to everyone he was a true friend, straightforward and without pretense. He served our country with the United States Marine Corps, and in civilian life was employed at the former Stetson Hat Company. After that facility closed in 1970 he worked as a freight elevator operator at the main Sears & Roebuck facility in Northeast Philadelphia, retiring in June of 1990, and eventually moving to Canton. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 211 in Philadelphia and Post No. 303 in Canton, VFW Post No. 714 in Canton and Canton Lodge No. 429 Loyal Order of Moose, where he was a past governor.
Surviving is his wife, the former Eva Hower; daughter, Margaret (and Hank) Haegele of Chalfont, Pa.; brother, Richard E. Smith of Williamstown, N.J.; and sisters, Norma K. Fields of Philadelphia and Marna Jeanne Marshall of Greensboro, N.C.
In keeping with Mr. Smith's wishes there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
Morse & Kleese Funeral Home
40 North Center Street
Canton, PA 17724
Published in Daily Review on June 25, 2014