Honorable Harold C. Smith, 88, of Lassellsville, New York, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
He was born on June 25, 1923, in Scotch Bush, New York, a son of the late Alonzo and Bessie (Cretser) Smith. He was educated in rural schools in the Scotch Bush area and later attended Dolgeville Central School where he graduated with the class of 1940.
Upon graduation, Mr. Smith enlisted in the United States Army on July 20, 1942. He served his country during World War II, earning several awards which included the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. He was honorable discharged on May 12, 1947.
On August 2, 1947, he was united in marriage to Hattie E. Smith at the Salisbury Center Parsonage. They shared a union for 61 years until her passing on December 4, 2008.
Mr. Smith worked as a machinist for most of his career. He was employed by several companies which included Travis and Osczo and later retiring from Curtin and Hebert in Gloversville. He retired in 1994.
Mr. Smith's most distinguished recognition was that of holding the position of Town Justice for the town of Ephratah for 50 years. Judge Smith was awarded and honored for his dedication to uphold the laws of New York state and the town of Ephratah from 1960-2009, serving his town until his retirement.
He was a member of the New York State Magistrate's Association, Fulton County Magistrate's Association, V.F.W. of North Bush, N.Y., and a former member of the R.G.L. Volunteer Fire Department.
Harold also enjoyed fishing, bowling for which earned several trophies, camping at Caroga Lake, and in later years, enjoyed eating out with his wife, Hattie. He also was dedicated to putting flags on the graves of veterans in cemeteries which he did for many years. Harold will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Dale Dayton and her husband, Roger of Corinth, N.Y.; his loving grandchildren, Sereta Austin, Susan Chittenden and her husband, James, William Pierce, Amanda-Rei Dayton, Joshua Jonkers and his wife, Kandi, Jeffrey Pierce, Matthew Jonker, Kyle Wilson, and Sara Wintermute; seven cherished great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Calvin Wintermute of Gloversville, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Pauline LeFave of Dolgeville, N.Y., Donna Boyer of Dolgeville, N.Y., and Doris Smith of Johnstown, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his beloved children, Nancy Pierce on November 17, 2001, Shirley Wintermute on July 12, 2008, Michael Smith on April 20, 2010; and brothers, Clyde Smith and Howard Smith.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York. A funeral service will be held after calling hours on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 1 p.m. also at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Fical Cemetery in the town of Ephratah, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Hattie.
In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial offerings for the R.G.L. Volunteer Fire Department, 5786 State Highway 29, St. Johnsville, New York 13452. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to neighbor and friend, Marcia Miller for all of her continued help and support for the family of Harold and Hattie Smith and would also like to thank St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their care and compassion in the care of Harold during his stay.
To leave a message of sympathy for the Smith Family, please visit www.millerplonkafuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.