GEORGE RAYMOND GRAY SMITH
SOUTH THOMASTON & FORT FAIRFIELD
George Raymond Gray Smith, 80, passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2018 of a heart attack on a family trip in Ocala, FL. He was born April 15, 1937 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Rev. Albert Raymond and Francis Plimsoll (Withers) Smith.
He graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1955, married his high school sweetheart, Lynne Johnston in 1961. After naturalizing as a US citizen, training at Maine Maritime Academy, two years in the Navy and Northrop University, Gray had earned his degree as an aeronautical engineer. Gray was employed at United Technologies Corp. where one of his projects was working on Trident Missiles. Gray and Lynne raised their three children in Avon, CT until their move back to Maine in 1987, where they ran the Weskeag Inn. After Lynne’s passing, Gray continued to run the Inn and was happy to say that he was an Innkeeper for 31 years. Gray loved his children and family. He instilled his love of restoring homes and old cars in them. He continued to work on restorations up until his passing. His memory lives on with his family and friends.
Gray is survived by his son, Nelson and his wife Ann of South Thomaston; daughters, Susannah Smith Kaelin and her husband Thomas of Summerfield, SC, Carmen Smith Propiescus and her husband Robert of Avon, CT; 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Gray was predeceased by his father, Rev. Albert Raymond Smith, an Episcopal priest and Gray spent a life long journey serving and attending the congregation, his mother Frances Plimsoll Withers Smith, his sister Frances Plimsoll Smith Roger, and his wife Lynne Johnston Smith.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be May 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at his home, the Weskeag Inn, 14 Elm Street, South Thomaston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine 04861 or the Fort Fairfield Alumni Association, P.O. Box 201, Fort Fairfield, Maine 04742. A service of Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com