George R. G. Smith

May 04, 2018
George Smith

South Thomston — George Raymond Gray Smith, 80, also of Fort Fairfield, passed away unexpectedly March 26, 2018, of a heart attack on a family trip in Ocala, Fla.  He was born April 15, 1937, in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of the Rev. Albert Raymond and Francis Plimsoll (Withers) Smith.

He graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1955, and married his high school sweetheart, Lynne Johnston, in 1961. After naturalizing as a U.S. citizen, training at Maine Maritime Academy, two years in the Navy and Northrop University, Gray had earned his degree as an aeronautical engineer. Gray was employed at United Technologies Corp., where one of his projects was working on Trident missiles.

Gray and Lynne raised their three children in Avon, Conn., until their move back to Maine in 1987, where they ran the Weskeag Inn. After Lynne’s passing, Gray continued to run the Inn and was happy to say that he was an innkeeper for 31 years. Gray loved his children and family. He instilled his love of restoring homes and old cars in them. He continued to work on restorations up until his passing. His memory lives on with his family and friends.

Gray is survived by his son, Nelson, and his wife, Ann, of South Thomaston; daughters Susannah Smith Kaelin and her husband, Thomas, of Summerfield, S.C., Carmen Smith Propiescus and her husband, Robert, of Avon, Conn.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Gray was predeceased by his father, the Rev. Albert Raymond Smith, an Episcopal priest, and Gray spent a lifelong journey serving and attending the congregation; his mother, Frances Plimsoll Withers Smith; his sister, Frances Plimsoll Smith Roger; and his wife, Lynne Johnston Smith.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held May 19 at 1 p.m. at his home, the Weskeag Inn, 14 Elm St., South Thomaston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main St., Thomaston, ME 04861 or the Fort Fairfield Alumni Association, P.O. Box 201, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742.

Arrangements are with Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, Fort Fairfield. Online condolences may be expressed at gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com.

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