Portland — H. Vance Smith, 80, of Freeport, died Monday, May 23, at Maine Medical Center.
He was born in Jay on Aug. 23, 1930, the oldest of three sons of Audrey Calden and Harold C. Smith. He was educated in Jay schools and graduated from Wilton Academy where he played football and was manager of the basketball team.
After high school, during the Korean Conflict, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in communications in Germany. While in Germany he met and married Edith Blumke. After his discharge he entered Tri-State College in Indiana and graduated with a major in accounting. The young family moved to Lynn, Mass., for a brief time before moving to Auburn to begin a remarkable career that ended with his retirement from Eastland Shoe in 2010 after more than 40 years of dedicated service.
Vance enjoyed “twigging” in the woods and making trails. He was also an avid reader, especially of history, and enjoyed going on road trips to forts and battlefields. He was a football fan at all levels — from watching his grandson, Alex, play for Edward Little High School to following the Bears of UMO or the Patriots — all with a little tailgating. Vance will be remembered as a man of his generation where emotion was not visibly shown but his manner was very kind and cordial.
Vance is survived by his two sons, Roger Smith, of Poland and Brent and his wife, Debra, of Auburn; grandson, Andy, and wife, Lisa; granddaughter, Jessica; grandson Alex; great-grandchildren, Jade, Arien and Brody; brother, Randy Smith, and wife, Judy, of Hebron; and his friend, Madeline Boulanger.
Vance was predeceased by his wife, Edith, who died in 1997; and his brother, Wayne Smith.
Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Vance’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with the Smith family.