Norris Phillip Smith, 84, husband of Nancy E. (Eugley) Smith, died Dec. 28, 2009, at a Bangor hospital. Norris, known as “Snuffy” or “Smitty,” was born March 2, 1925, at Sebec Station, the son of Norris E. and Margaret (Libby) Smith.

His childhood was spent in East Dover and Sangerville during the difficult times of the Great Depression. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy and began an extensive tour of duty during World War II. Smitty served on a demolition team that entered France 10 days before D-Day and only 18 of the 81 soldiers survived the mission. His military service earned him the following medals: the American Theater Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with two bronze stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with two bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal. In 1945 he married Phyllis Webster and began his family life. Smitty worked with his father in family businesses and later in construction. In 1963 he began a long career as a civil service employee working for the Coast Guard servicing lighthouses from Lubec to Monhegan. In later years he worked for the Navy at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and in Adak, Alaska. He served with the Coast Guard Reserve teaching fire fighting and NBC warfare, and retired as a chief petty officer.

He was a devoted father, always supporting his children in their interests. He loved to dance and was a great fan of country music, traveling to Branson and Nashville. Over the years, he was master of the grange, president of the PTA, a Boy Scout leader, and belonged to the Masonic Temple. Recently, Norris was a member of William-Brazier American Legion Post 37 in Thomaston. He was a member of Family Motor Coach and a charter member of Maine Wheels. He owned several motor homes over the years, traveling extensively. His last trip was in 2000, at the age of 75, driving 9,000 miles from Maine to California and on to Florida before returning home.

An important year was 2005. In February he traveled to Florida for a grandson’s wedding and to celebrate his 80th birthday with family. During the summer he completed a pet project of refurbishing a 100-year-old outhouse, a part of history. As he had done so many years before with his dad, he stacked four cords of firewood. In August he traveled to Phoenix to visit his 83-year-old sister. Norris was a talented woodworker and took great pride in the model boats that he built. In 2006 and 2007 his health was declining. Despite that, he was able to travel to New Hampshire, Florida, California and Hawaii to visit with his children. In the summer of 2007, he moved to Sunbury Village in Bangor for assisted living. His best buddy was his Sheltie dog, Midget. They were inseparable and because of her signaling bark he never lost a vehicle in a parking lot.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Miles; and his first wife, Phyllis.

Norris is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Thomaston; three daughters and their spouses, Linda and Rick Ramsdell of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Janet and Les McEachern of Bass Harbor, and Tina and Bill Pendleton of Corona, Calif.; five sons and their spouses, Phillip and Mary-Pat Smith of Kittery, Richard and Deb Smith of Norwell, Mass., Randy Smith of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Mike and Tammy Smith of Ellsworth, and Tim and Jackie Smith of Honolulu, Hawaii; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three step-daughters and their spouses, April and Joe Burch of Owls Head, Heidi and Richard DeCourcey of Cornish, and Starla and George Hendron of Waldoboro; seven step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson; a sister, Vesta Harvey and her husband, Lawris, of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law, Miriam Smith of Dover-Foxcroft and Dawn Wright and her husband, Jeff, of Nobleboro; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors is being planned for the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Civic Center Drive in Augusta.

Memorial donations may be made to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 610, Arlington, VA 22203.

Arrangements are with the Kiley & Foley Funeral Service in Bangor.