November 14, 1939 – July 29, 2013
Obituaries » FRED E. SMITH
SMITH, FRED E., 73, of Topsham, passed away peacefully with family present at his home on July 29, following a brave battle with lung cancer. He was born on Nov. 14, 1939, to Fred and Marjorie (Gilman) Smith. Fred was a lifelong resident of Topsham and attended the Topsham Village School. Fred married Barbara Spooner on Sept. 14, 1958, and they raised five children together. In his earlier years, Fred worked for Whiting’s Dairy, the state of Vermont, Kelly Construction and later on spent 25 years with Rock of Ages as a head mechanic before retiring and starting his own business, Mt. View Trucking. One of his greatest working achievements was his latest and current business known to many as the Smith Family Sugar House. Fred was involved in his community in many ways including town constable, justice of the peace, tax collector, Orange County sheriff, and an elder of the Topsham Presbyterian Church. Fred was a believer of Jesus Christ and enjoyed sharing his faith. Fred enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He and Barbara opened their home to many of their nieces and nephews over the years. Fred is predeceased by his wife, Barbara, and three brothers, Edward, Alvah and Wayne. He is survived by his children, Douglas Smith and companion Sheila Benior, Donna Schauer, Daryl Smith and wife Catherine, Diane Vallie and husband Charlie, Doreen Redman and husband Greg; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Sydney, Sheldon, Stanley, and Louis Smith; along with several nieces and nephews.