West Brookfield – Lindsey E. Smith Jr., 94, a long-time resident of West Brookfield passed away at home on Friday May 14, 2021 with his loving wife and family by his side.
He leaves his wife of seventy-two years, Barbara L. (Jory) Smith; three children: Jonathan Smith and his wife Candace of Ware, Deborah Smith of Dornach, Switzerland, and Jennifer Lapen and her husband Daniel of Lancaster; He also leaves four grandchildren: Dr. Peter Lapen and his wife Kelly of Mattawan, MI, Lindsay Lapen Rosch and her husband Matthew of Dublin, OH, Mandolyn Piscionere and Melody Lagimoniere both of Ware; eight great-grandchildren; He leaves one brother Peter Smith of Greenville, NC and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Lindsey E. Smith Sr. and Mildred I. (Donaghy) Smith, and two sisters Patricia Davis and Pauline Rice.
After graduating from the Warren High School, Mr. Smith immediately joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After being discharged from the Navy, Mr. Smith attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating with a degree in Floriculture; he managed a wholesale and retail florist business in West Brookfield, which he purchased in 1960. After selling his florist business in 1978, Mr. Smith opened a Century21 Real Estate business, later retiring to play golf. Mr. Smith was an amateur radio operator with an Extra Class License. Mr. Smith was the last remaining founding member of the Rotary Club of the Brookfields, having served as president and remained a charter member. Mr. Smith also belonged to the VFW and American Legion, Bath Path Lodge of Masons (AF&AM). Mr. Smith was active in town politics having served seventeen years on the board of selectmen and two years on the board of health. An active pilot for more than fifty years, Mr. Smith was often accompanied by his wife flying his various planes across the eastern United States. Mr. Smith was also an enthusiastic sailor, racing different classes of boats. When physicals prevented his love of flying, Mr. Smith learned to play and enjoy the game of golf; he also enjoyed riding his Honda motorcycle and later his Harley Davidson. Mr. Smith loved a challenge, whether it was dismantling an old house to save the wood planks, learning Ham Radio, building and racing sailboats, recovering the Piper Cub airplane wings in a living room, taking up alpine skiing, or simply racing his kids up the hill. It was all fun, but his favorite activity was flying his Navion which he flew to Oshkosh, WI; he also enjoyed fun in the sun in Florida.
Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home.
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