SOUTH PARIS – Donald William “Red” Smith, 69, of 27 Nichol St., South Paris passed away at home with his loving wife and daughters by his side after a brief battle with brain cancer.

He was born in South Paris on Dec. 8, 1934, a son of William and Ella Churchill Smith. He was educated in Paris schools while working in the logging and trucking businesses. He proudly entered the U.S. Navy in 1954, serving our country on many aircraft carriers, including the U.S.S. Intrepid, Essex, Constellation and U.S.S. Sierra. He retired after 22 years of service on Jan. 29, 1976, ending a well-decorated Navy career.

Returning home he married the former Lynn Carro on July 29, 1977, at their home on Nichol Street. He continued his employment as a professional tractor-trailer driver, logging over a million miles. He retired from the Norway Paris Transfer Station in 1996.

He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 9787 in South Paris and the American Legion Post 153 in Auburn. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. He and Lynn spent many happy hours on road trips to Patch Mountain and New Hampshire, enjoying nature and wildlife, as well as being in their own backyard.

He loved country and western music and his faithful dog, Sassy. He loved his family very much, leaving with them many happy memories of his character and wit.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his loving and devoted wife, Lynn Smith of South Paris; three daughters, Audrey Hilton and her fianc, Paul L’Heureux of Auburn, Katrina Dailey and her fianc, Jerry Adams of Oxford and Rain Smith and her companion “Ace” of Lewiston; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandsons; his best friends, Warren Cairns of Waterford and Harvey Dumont of South Paris; two brothers, David Smith and his wife Sylvia of Bangor and Richard Smith and his wife Ida of Norway.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a special nephew, Michael Smith. I love you my Donnie Smith. “Fair winds and following seas.”

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