Robert A. Smith Sr.

February 23, 1943
- September 29, 2007

MILO - Robert A. Smith Sr., known as Smitty to some, Poppa to others or Bob to most, lost his battle with a bone marrow cancer, Sept. 29, 2007, at a Boston hospital. His wife, Noreen; and friend, Ruth, held him as he passed over to soar with the eagles on his journey to God's house. Bob was born Feb. 23, 1943, in Willimantic, Conn., the son of Raymond and Agnes (Yulschaulk) Smith. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed bear hunting season the most, followed by bird hunting, deer hunting and a little fishing thrown in for good measure. He always had a story to tell, not that he would ever think of stretching the telling just a tad. His passion was his hunting camp and his dogs, Bella, Poncho and Pete. Bob worked for himself early on, cutting trees and selling wood. He drove a tractor-trailer, owned and operated a siding and window business, and then worked for Asplundh Tree Co. Lastly, he had worked part time for William London and Son Construction Co. As long as he remained busy, his work didn't matter. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 20 years, Noreen Heal-Smith of Milo; a son, Robert "Robbie" Smith Jr. of California; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Seavey, Lewis Heal and wife, Judy, Roger "Sonny" Heal, all of Sebec, Wayne Heal and wife, Rose, of Dexter, Herbert Heal and wife, Blanche, of Kenduskeag, Judy (Heal) Morse and husband, Gordon, of Abbot and Rose Heal of Milo; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in Hebron, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California. He will be remembered by many friends, including special friends, Mike and Ruth Witham, John Cross-man, Mike and Jen Conley, all of Milo, Wiley Truedeau and Sue of Corinna, Glen Butler and Shirley of Yarmouth and Gary Moody and Beverly of Stacyville. He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Raymond and George Smith; his father-in-law, Cedric P. Blair; his mother-in-law, Florilla (Seavey Heal) Blair; and brother-in-law, Nolan Heal. Graveside memorial services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, with the Rev. Ernest Madden officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to either the American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to the American Cancer Society, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086-1240. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo.

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