Richmond-Leland J Smith, 88, passed peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2019 with his family by his side.
He was born in Bebe River NH, on May 17, 1931 the son of Arlene and Hiram Smith.
Lee moved to Richmond when he was nine-years-old and resided there for the rest of his life. He met his wife as a teenager and they just celebrated their 71st anniversary. He was a hard-working and wonderful man with amazing strength. He was always loving, caring and generous. He was well-known for his character and integrity.
He served Richmond as a constable for several years. He was president of the Richmond Sportsman’s Club and was always an active member. As a young man he was a worm-digger and later lumber-jack. He owned and operated Lee Smith Logging for many years and he became the epitome of the word LOGGER. He also owned and operated Smith’s Smelt Camps for 20+ years. He was an avid hunter and lived for hunting season. He was also a skilled trap shooter and over the years he won many state titles. In July 2019 he was inducted in the Maine Trap Shooters Association Hall of Fame.
He is predeceased by his parents, brother Leroy Smith, sisters Pauline Bodge and Elaine Mullane, son Leland S Smith, and grandson Derek Less
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years Connie Smith, children: Deborah Wallace Howe and husband Bob of Richmond, Elena Less Carter and husband Mark of Richmond, Lori Demers and husband Lance of Atlantic Beach FL, grandchildren: Ronnie Smith and wife Jody of Jacksonville FL, Leland S Smith, Jar of Litchfield and Alaska, Michelle Smith of Litchfield, Tyler Wallace and wife Dawn of Richmond, Jocelyn Kelly and husband Steve of Freeport, Curtis Wallace of Jacksonville FL, Rob Less and wife Jessie of Richmond, Lorisa Less and fiancé Travis Crocker of Richmond, Marlena Champagne and husband Joey of Richmond, Willow Neptune of West Gardiner and Dakoda Demers of Atlantic Beach, FL, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great –grandchildren, brother Reggie Smith of Richmond, and many special friends. He was also a surrogate father to so many in this community and helped so many!
Family and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4pm on Sunday, August 25th at the funeral home with a celebration of life to follow at 4pm.
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.0