Charles Robert Smith, 85, of Andover, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Born April 20,1935, in Monroe, New Hampshire, Son of the late Eben H. and Mabel (Mackie) Smith. Charles served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. After returning home, he spent time in Haverhill, New Hampshire before relocating to Manchester, where he met his beloved wife of 57 years, Marion. His first job was as a mechanic at Bob Bourne Buick, Manchester. He later worked for the Town of Manchester, Highway Department retiring after 34 years of service. Charlie and Marion resided in Andover for 55 years. He was a fiercely loyal New York Yankees fan and devoted UConn women's basketball fan. He was a proud 8-plus year member of the Manchester Fire Dept. 8th District and later served on the Andover Board of Fire Commissioners. Charlie loved to tinker in his home garage, play cards with neighbors, watch Westerns on TV and drive his John Deere tractor. Always one to offer a helping hand, he will be deeply missed by his many friends and neighbors. Above all Charlie was a devoted father and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Beside his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Marion (Maciejko) Smith; and his brother, Eben H. Smith. Charles is survived by his only child, Diane Massey and her husband, Gregory of West Hartford; grandchildren, Brooke Massey of Brooklyn, New York and Clayton Massey of Nyack, New York. Also survived by his sister-in-law Mary E. Smith of West Newbury, Vermont; and second cousins John and Marylou Aremburg of Chester, Vermont.
Services will be private due to the pandemic; however, a graveside memorial ceremony and service will be held June 6, 2021, (Charlie and Marion's wedding anniversary) at Andover Townsend Cemetery, wherein both Charles and Marion will be inurned together at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Andover Volunteer Fire Department, 11 School Rd, Andover, CT 06232.
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Published by Journal Inquirer from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, 2021.