|ROBERT V. SMITH
CANASERAGA – Robert V. Smith, 96, passed away early Sunday morning (May 2l, 2017) at his home on Mill St.
Born in Neptune, Ohio on Jan. 29, 1921, he was a son of the late Albert and Zella (Now) Smith. On April 19, 1945, he met the love of his life, the former Ruth J. McConnell, who he married on May 19, 1945 in Ransomville. They spent nearly 61 loving years together before Ruth passed away on Feb. 15, 2006. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Dona Green; his two brothers, Lowell Smith and Eugen Smith; his three sisters, Mildred Sendun, Marilyn Strange and Imogene Timothy and his son-in-law, Dennison “Denny” Coates.
A proud veteran of World War II, Bob joined the Ohio National Guard Infantry Regiment 148th Company E in 1936 at the age of 15 with his older brother Euege. From there he was inducted into active federal service. Bob served with the U.S. Army 712th Military Battalion from 1940 to his honorable discharge in 1945. He was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the American Defense Ribbon. He later enlisted with the Reserve Air Force in 1950 where he served until his honorable discharge in 1953.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic for the Potter DeWitt Construction Co. in Pavilion and retired in 1983 from the Green Island Construction Co. in Geneseo. Along with his late wife, Ruth they owned and operated the Canaseraga Snack Bar and Ruth Smith’s Ceramic Shop.
For 40 years Bob was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #832. He was also a member of the Canaseraga Lions Club, the Canaseraga Young at Heart Senior Citizens Group. Several times he and his late wife, Ruth were the recipients of the Senior Citizens of the Year Award in Canaseraga.
Some of his favorite past times included carpentry work and lawn mower repair. The youth of the community also became very knowledgeable about small engineer repair thanks to Bob. He also enjoyed volunteering for the Friends of the Essential Club Free Library where he assisted in building parade floats for community events.
His loving family includes his two daughters, Barbara Green of Bath and Brenda Coates of Canaseraga; his five grandchildren, Rob Green of Canandaigua, David Green of Salamanca, Mary (Joe) Wolf of Arkport, Vicky Lambert of Victor and Amy Weber of Dallas, Tx.; his nine great-grandchildren, Eric, Shawn, Brian, Emily, Carrington, Kyla, Hanna, LeeAnn and Trinitee; also several great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Phyllis New of Canaseraga; his two sisters-in-law, Faye Smith of Circleville, Ohio and Joyce DeBellis of Rochester; his brother-in-law, William (Maria) McConnell of San Diego, Calif.; also several nieces and nephews Including Jim, Kevin, Brian, Matthew and Chris McConnell, who were like sons to him; a special niece, Doris DeBellis Williams as well as a special friend, Harry Weaver, who he considered as family.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Robert V. Smith
Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Jess Flint officiating. Committal services and interment, with military honors, will follow at the Canaseraga Cemetery. The Patriot Guard Riders will serve as an Honor Guard at the funeral home and will escort the procession to the cemetery.
The United States flag and the Army flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Bob’s military service during World War II.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either the Friends of the Essential Club Free Library in Canaseraga or to the Canaseraga Lions Club Ambulance Replacement Fund.
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