William F. Smith 89, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014. Born in Ballston Spa, August 17, 1924, he was the son of Walter and Emily Smith. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and attended Cobleskill College.
Bill devoted his life to working on the family farm and apple orchard, Smith Bros., on Jockey Street in Charlton. He shared his passion with his sons who worked beside him on the farm. In his later years, he enjoyed working in the pie shop and visiting with customers. For many years he sold produce out of his truck to his many loyal customers in the City of Amsterdam.
Bill joined the Harmony Corners Fire Department on April 1, 1941 and was a life member. He served as an active member for 65 years. Bill was on the Board of Fire Commissioners for 16 years. He also served on the Sweetman Cemetery Board.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Downing Smith and his son, David Smith. Bill is survived by his wife, Doris Hellmuth Smith; children, Richard Smith (Shelley) of Charlton, William Smith of Charlton and Cyndi Leschen (Mark) of Rotterdam; grandchildren, Richard Smith, Jr., Jebediah Smith, Zachary Smith, Andrea Robertson, Jenna Smith, Katie Daino, Nicholas Smith, Nathaniel Smith and Maxwell Leschen; six great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Mitchell of Charlton; brother, Walter Smith (Lorrie) of West Sand Lake; sister in law, Barbara Farrell (Jack) of East Greenbush; brother in law, Robert Downing of Ballston Lake; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, January 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 21 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.
Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Harmony Corners Fire Dept, 1954 Route 67, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.