Larry E. Smith Sr.
Larry walked through the garden into the arms of Jesus, Sept. 3, 2018, while residing almost two years with care from Narraguagus Bay Healthcare Facility. Larry was born Aug. 31, 1939, in West Bay, the son of Esther and Woodrow Smith; they had a brief marriage. Esther remarried to Walter Coombs and Larry was raised in Winter Harbor.
Larry attended and anxiously left Sumner High School to pursue a career in construction with Alvin Whitten. Larry loaded dump trucks by hand, did mechanic work, welding, truck driving until finding his comfort and niche in the seat of a bulldozer.
Larry had another dream: to marry and raise a family. His eyes and attention focused on Ann Workman. He convinced her to toss aside her plans as a hairdresser to marry him, and she did on July 18, 1959. Together they raised a family and took in anyone who needed a meal, to an extended place to stay. Too many to count were blessed by their hospitality and generosity.
Larry had another dream of lobster fishing. He came home one day in 1967 and announced his plan. He bought a boat and for 40 years enjoyed catching lobster, dragging for fish, shrimp, scallops, quahogs, making his own dragging gear, repairing, selling and helping finish off boats in his garage.
In the latter years, Larry and Ann enjoyed wintering with family and friends in Lakeland, Fla., and building their retirement lakeside retreat on Graham Lake. Alzheimer’s disease started chipping away at Larry, forcing this dream to end.
Soon after their lakeside home was sold, Ann unexpectedly passed on March 30, 2014.
Larry was predeceased by his mother, Esther Coombs, and stepfather Walter Coombs; father, Woodrow Smith, and stepmother Mary Smith; great-grandson, Seth Tracey; and son-in-law, John Andress. Larry is survived by daughters, Lori Andress of Bay Minette, Ala., Lisa Tracey of Gouldsboro, Melaney Lundy of Theodoere, Ala.; son, Larry E. Smith Jr. and wife, Karen, of Winter Harbor; grandchildren, Kristy Tracey and husband, Troy, Lori Rainer and husband, Billy, Josh Timmons and wife, Nancy, Andrew Smith and wife, Ashley, Mark Smith and wife, Cheyenne, Lee Smith and fiancée Michaela, Ashley and husband, Josh, Brandon and wife, Kasey, Kayla Johnson and fiancé Raymond, and Kyle Depew; great-grandchildren, Tristan, Brooke, Adam, Caroline, Finn, Clara, Connor, Annabelle, Collin, Kowen, Isaac, Madison, Jason, Cora, Malachi, Kenzie, and Masyn; sisters, Barbara Attmeter and husband, Jim of Bradenton, Fla., Cathy Witham and husband, Arthur, of Sebring, Fla.; brothers, Guy Coombs and wife Gail of Sullivan, and Billy Coombs and wife, Narda of Clifton.
A service of remembrance will be announced.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.