Clarence “Eddie” Smith of Perry passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 23, after a final stroke in his long battle with heart disease. Eddie was born to parents Clarence E. Smith Sr. and Robena “Beanie” Smith of Manset on Dec. 28, 1943. He graduated Pemetic High School in 1962 and worked as an electrician for many years before accepting a position at (then) Washington County Vocational Technical Institute in 1976. He taught residential and commercial electricity for 33 years, before retiring in 2009, due to health reasons.
Eddie was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Perry, children Ed, Patrick, Hilary and Justin, stepdaughters Becca and Barbara, along with their spouses, children and grandchildren. Also, close friends considered family Robert Dore of Perry, Kevin Stanhope of Pembroke and Darlene Smith of Epping, N.H.
A lifelong sportsman, Eddie enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, lobstering, camping and was active for many years in the Boy Scouts. He built and owned several camps over the years and enjoyed spending time at camp or in trips to the Allagash region with friends and family. He was a member of Crescent No. 78 Lodge of Freemasons, active in the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, politics and his community. He especially loved playing Santa Claus for area children.
Internment at Mt. Height Cemetery in Southwest Harbor will be Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. A remembrance will be held in St. Croix Hall at Washington County Technical College on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Peter Wilkerson for many years of caring and to the staff at the Eastport Memorial Nursing Home.