Kenneth E. "Smitty” Smith, 86, died Friday, April 5, 2013 at Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport, after an extended illness.

Born in Rockland Sept. 4, 1926, he was one of seven children of William H. and Susie Kyzer Smith. He attended local schools, and later in life, earned his diploma from the American School in Chicago Jan. 24, 1961.

In January 1945 he entered the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged in August 1946.

On Dec. 24, 1946 he married Lucy McLaughlin at her family’s home in Rockland. Settling in Rockland, the couple raised their family here. Mrs. Smith died July 17, 2006.

In his earlier years, Smitty worked for Rockland Rockport Lime Company as manager of R&R Engineering. When that company closed, he opened Smitty’s Welding Works in Rockland, which he operated for more than 35 years. Following his retirement at age 62, Smitty went to work as a maintenance man with McDonald’s where he proudly worked for over 18 years.

A longtime member of Rockland Lodge of Masons, he also was a member of all Masonic bodies and the Goldenrod Chapter O.E.S.

Besides his wife Lucy, Smitty is predeceased by his daughter Brenda Pitt on Aug. 10, 2000, his son William A. Smith on March 10, 2004. He is survived by his grandchildren, William Smith and his wife Heather of Rockport, Michael Smith and his wife Rhonda of Cushing. Jeanie Pitt of Cottonwood, Ariz., Kimberly Smith of Owls Head; two brothers, Lawrence "Lonny" Smith of Swans Island, Neal Smith of Rockland; and one sister Pearl Vanorse and her husband Bert of Rockland, as well as several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to join together in a service honoring Smitty’s life Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. Interment will follow in Rockville Cemetery, Route 17, Rockport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

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