CHESTER - Willis R. "Skip" Smart, 63, passed away April 5, 2014, at his home in Chester, after a period of failing health.
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He was born March 28, 1951 in Derry, son of the late Raymond M. Smart Sr. and Mary E. (Guyette) Smart.
Skip was a graduate of Raymond High School and served in the U.S. Army. He was a longtime resident in Chester. Skip worked for many years as a maintenance mechanic. He was formerly employed with Fred Nichols, C.M. Dining, Marcotte Oil, Ai S. Welch & Sons, Buxton Oil and lastly for the State of New Hampshire, Department of Transportation.
From an early age, Skip's life was surrounded by horses and farm animals, and the activities associated with horse pulling and local area fairs. He was a longtime member of the Eastern Draft Horse Association, Eastern Ontario Horse Pulling Association, and the Deerfield Fair Association. He served as a judge for horse pulling events at the Stratham Fair, taking over for his father after he passed away, and at the Hopkinton Fair. For 30 plus years, he provided hay rides at several area farms, including Maplevale Farm in East Kingston, Point of view Farm in Deerfield, and Charmingfare Farm in Candia.
Skip was one of the funniest people you could ever meet, known for his story telling and his famous punch lines. He was truly a quality person and will be sadly missed by all. Skip was proud of his farm homestead and worked hard tending to his animals.
In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his daughter, Tabetha Smart, and his father-in-law, James Archer.
Skip is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Archer) Smart of Chester, his daughter and her companion, Christine Greenaway and Tim Rohan of Florida, son, Paul Smart of Deerfield, son and daughter-in-law, Skippy and Amanda Smart of Deerfield, son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Kelly Flanders of Pepperell, Mass.; nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law, June Archer and a very special loving family, Steve and June Wojnar and their family, two puppies, Smidget and Sassy.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Brewitt Funeral Home, Raymond.
Graveside services with military honors will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at noon at the Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Raymond.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made to the Amedisys Hospice of Londonderry, 1 E Commons Dr., Unit 33, Londonderry, 03053.
For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Brewitt Funeral Home
2 Epping Street Raymond, NH 03077
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 7, 2014