NEW BERN, N.C. — Michael George Smith, age 81, of New Bern, N.C., passed away peacefully Aug. 10, 2021.

Michael was born June 29, 1940, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to Ronald and Freda. He attended Lunenburg Academy and Rothesay Collegiate School were he excelled in athletics, especially track, football and hockey, as well as being a part of many social clubs.

He started at National Sea Products in 1961 working in sales in Boston and Toronto, then transferred to Maine in 1968. He worked his way up at National Sea Products from sales manager to finally general manager and vice president of the Northern Processing Division in 1982. He left there to start his own seafood wholesale distribution business SeaWise Inc. in 1992, where he worked until his retirement. Michael was very well known and respected in the seafood industry.

Michael was very active in the community as President of the Camden Outing Club, President of the Snow Bowl Jr. Ski Racing Club, President of the Seafood Distributors Association of America and Director of the National Fisheries Institute.

Michael enjoyed golf and was also a voracious reader. He learned to sail on the wooden sloop, the Curlew and continued sailing on Penobscot Bay on his J30, the Peregrine. Michael loved skiing at the Camden Snow Bowl and helping his children develop their racing skills there.

Michael is survived by his former wives Marilyn Smith of Maine and Lynne Wise Smith of New Hampshire; sons Joseph Smith (Jennifer) of Vermont and Christian Callahan (Kate) of New Hampshire; daughters Stephanie Phelps (Rick) of Vermont and Anita Watkins (Simon) of Colorado; brother Peter Smith (Lydia) of Nova Scotia; grandchildren Emily, Eric, Harper, Spencer, Cooper, Ella and Grace.

Michael will be buried with his beloved dog, Chloe.

A private remembrance will be held at a later date and in lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the charity of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at Cotten Funeral Home ( for the Smith family.