Keene, NH- Philip Elmer “Phil” Smith, 96 of Old Route 8 in Jamaica died Saturday morning, August 25, 2018 at Cheshire Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Smith was born at home in Jamaica on September 10, 1921 the son of Elmer Benjamin and Liza Pecolia (Pitts) Smith. He was a lifelong resident of Jamaica attending a one room schoolhouse.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 proudly serving his country during World War II involved in the European, African and Middle Eastern Campaigns. He was honorably discharged from active service in 1945 at which time he returned home and went to work as a logger working for several local contractors, his last position with Michael Babbit Logging of South Wardsboro.
An ardent outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening and time shared with his family He took great joy in taking his grandchildren on hunting trips and fishing expeditions with most occasions ending up becoming an adventure. He also was an experienced and skilled dowser having many successful attempts through the years.
On May 31, 1942 in Brattleboro he was married to Mildred Thomas. His faithful and devoted wife of 55 years predeceased him on November 10, 1997.
He leaves a large family that includes one daughter, Bonnie West and her husband Garry of Jamaica, nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, twelve great-great grandchildren, five great-great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Additionally, he leaves two sisters-in-law, Irene Smith of Townsend and Florence Smith of whom he made his home with in Jamaica.
He was predeceased by seven brothers, Raymond, Kenneth, Clyde, Chauncey, James, Oscar and Elmer Smith, Jr., three sisters, May Wendell, Marie Burnette and June Thomas, a stepson, Victor Giroux, a step-daughter, Virginia Bolster, a grandson, Wayne Landman and a great-great granddaughter, Ashlynn Harris-Nilges.
Graveside committal services with full military honors will take place in the family lot in Pleasant View Cemetery in Jamaica on Saturday, September 8th at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Peter Carlson, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Philip Smith’s name may be made to Grace Cottage Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353, or to the Wardsboro Jamaica Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 179 Jamaica, VT 05343.