Mr. Harry J. Smith, 95, of Gloversville, passed away June 24, 2014, at Mountain Valley Hospice House with his loving family at his side. Mr. Smith was born May 15, 1919, in Rockwood, N.Y., son of the late Roy A. and Maude M. Polmateer Smith. He was educated in local schools and worked as an auto mechanic at Smitty's Service Station in Johnstown for twenty years prior to employment at GTE in Johnstown, retiring in 1984. Like his brothers, Harry served in the Army during WW II, serving in Rhineland and Central Europe with the 256th Engineer Combat Battalion as master sergeant.
Harry was a horse lover since his first pony at the age of four and owned a horse ever since. He enjoyed riding in many parades through the years. An avid hunter, Harry was a former member of the Pine Tree Rifle Club and a founding member of the Meco Volunteer Fire Department. He also was a former member of the VFW, Eagles Club, Cub Scout leader, and a Fulton County Deputy. Harry also enjoyed gardening and was an excellent carpenter. He was extremely proud of completely remodeling his entire home.
He will be sadly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Gates Smith of Gloversville, whom he married at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, on January 9, 1944. They had met while Harry was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen in Burlington, Vermont. Harry is also survived by his children, Patricia Green (Tom) of Gloversville, Cynthia A. Frasier of Edinburg, William H. Smith (Patricia) of Dallas, Georgia and H. Joseph Smith and his partner Chris Verzulli of Setauket, Long Island. He is also survived by a sister, Marguerite Brooks of Gloversville; a brother, Roy A. Smith of Lompoc, California; and ten grandchildren, Tamira Sinicropi (Carmen), Lee T. Green Jr. (Brooke), Toben Green (Mary), Tracy Green, Todd Green (Andrea), Steven Smith (Tina), Jason Smith (Lisa), Megan Milam (Brian), Chad Frasier (Christina) and Kerry McMillan (Aaron). Additional survivors include thirteen great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Harry was predeceased by a sister, Florence Smith; and two brothers, William S. Smith and just recently his brother Mac Donald Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Reverend Dr. R.W. Williams officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial with military honors will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078, or to the Getman Memorial Home, 15 E. State St., Gloversville, NY 12078. Please visit the family online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.