SOUTH PARIS — Albert C. Smith passed away quietly on April 6, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, where he had resided for the past four years. While at the Veterans’ Home, he received extraordinary care from a very loving staff.

Albert was born June 22, 1928, in Mason Township. He was the eldest son of Edmond Coe and Clare Mason Smith. He attended local schools, graduating from Gould Academy in 1946, and served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948.

Albert married Lucia Smith in 1949, and they made their home in West Bethel for much of their lives. He was a farmer, a self-employed logger and a 50 year veteran of long haul trucking. During that time, he hauled many types of loads including hazardous and military for the government. He traveled to all but two states and received numerous awards for safe driving throughout that time.

Albert was a diehard Yankees fan and enjoyed razzing his sister Jane, grandson, Gavin, as well as many other residents at the Veterans’ Home. He was an avid hunter most of his life and was able to enjoy his last hunting trip in November 2011 while entertaining those who joined him with his many fascinating stories.

Albert is survived by his brother, Dr. Charles Smith and his wife, Maryanne, of York Beach; his sister, Jane Mills of Bryant Pond; daughter, Sandra Wheeler of West Bethel; son, Charles and wife, Beth, of Joplin, Mo.; daughter, Alice and husband, Ronald Deegan, of Bryant Pond; daughter, Brenda (Bubba) Blaisdell and companion, Tony Bennett, of West Bethel; daughter, Alberta Broomhall and companion, Mike Lannon, of Bethel; seven grandchildren, Thaddeus Wheeler and wife, Amy, of Scarborough, Angela Wheeler of Missouri, Macy Blaisdell and Jordan Bennett, of West Bethel, Michelle Deegan and fiance, Jeremy Benson, of Auburn, Gavin Broomhall and companion, Lauren Harrell, of Wyoming, and Alexus Broomhall of Bethel; six great-grandchildren, Xavier Mitchell of Missouri, Brooke and MacKenzie Bennett of Andover, Landyn Blaisdell of West Bethel, Turner Wheeler of Scarborough and Hailey Benson of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his loving wife of nearly 60 years.

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