SMITH Thomas H. Sr. VALATIE Thomas H. Smith, Sr., founder and president of Smith Control Systems in Ghent, N.Y., died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at his home in Valatie. Born in Hudson, N.Y. on February 27, 1928, he was the son of James G. and Fabiola (Girard) Smith. Tom attended Hudson City Schools and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II, and after being discharged from the Navy he then joined the Merchant Marines. After his service to his country, he worked at Gifford Wood Co. in Hudson for 21 yrs. Tom founded his own company, Smith Control Systems Inc in 1972. Tom's work allowed him to travel extensively around the world. Tom had an adventurous life and he lived it to the fullest. Tom is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Bette Turok) Smith; two daughters, Michelle Smith Hoffmann (Christopher), Susan Smith Robinson, (Clay); and one son Thomas (Tucker) H. Smith Jr. He has seven grandchildren, Leslie Robinson Polsinello (Matt), Seth Robinson,(Jamileh), Kyle Hoffman Stine (Patrick), Benjamin Hoffmann, and Ryan, Blake, and Jordan Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha Polsinello and Ian Robinson. He is also survived by a brother Arthur G. Smith (Loraine); and four sisters, Joan Connor (John), Maude Palen (Vernon), Nancy Battistello, and Mary Ann Horner (Harold). He was predeceased by one brother, James G. Smith Jr. Memorial services will be held Saturday January 19, 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 104 County Route 25 Stockport, N.Y. Travel south on Rte. 9, approx. 7.6 miles, turn left on to County Route 25B, go .1 of a mile to stop sign and turn left on County Rte. 25, church is .1 of a mile on left, across from the Stockport Fire House. Mother Roseann Felty will officiate. Memorial Contributions in Tom's memory may be made to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204 or the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie, NY 12184. Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, Hudson.
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Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2013