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“Our deepest condolences to the JR Smith Lumber family and to the Smith family. It was an honor to have done business with a man like Ray whose mold...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: The McCarthy Boys - Hampton, NH

“Mim, Please accept my condolences for the passing of Ray and extend our deepest sympathy to the entire family for your loss. Chris DeRosa and...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Christopher DeRosa - Rockport, MA

“Although I did not know Raymond it is always sad to hear when a family member dies. RIP---Rich ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Richard H. Brannon - Juarez

“My father - Henry Goddard Brannon Jr. was J. Raymond Smith's cousin. I was in Rockport about 49 years ago with my Mom & Dad and we stayed with Aunt...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Ann Brannon Cooke - Rocklin, CA

“To all the Smith family, Im so very sorry for your loss he was always very nice to me,always willing to just say hi to anyone, his last thing he said...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Paula Olson Ouellette - Rockport, MA

“My condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Smith. May our loving heavenly Father provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: J Edwards

“RayRay was my friend and fellow "Southenders" as well as classmate. I have fond memories, of his mother driving us around in her " woodie", and we...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Lucy Hale MacLeod - ME

“Dear Mim, I am so sorry to hear of Ray.s death. I hope you remember good things and happy trips together. He was a good man and I am so sorry for...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Joanne Gibbs - Gloucester, MA

“Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a nice man. Kristy - Scott I'm in Fl so I wanted you your mom and all his family members your in my thoughts and...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Ann-Marie Randazza - Gloucester, MA

“Dear Mim, What a loss we will all feel now that Ray is gone. Such a good man, kind of heart and fair, he lived his life very well. Thank you Ray for...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: mark silve & sharon mcdonald - MA

“Mim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Brother John Holt - Rockport, MA

“Ray was Mr Rockport and was beloved by ereryone who knew him His family is the best. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: richard &marjorie Poore - MA

“I just want to say how sorry I was to hear of Ray's passing, a gentle honest caring guy, an icon in the town of Rockport. Recently I had the...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Welcome - Rockport, MA

“Heartfelt condolences to Mr.Ray Smith's family. We pray the lasting memories of good will and visionary determination Ray shared will help you...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Robert Paradis - Rockport, MA

“……there will always be traces of your life, images, moments and feelings that remind us of you. Thank you for the many happy hours...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Fohlenhof Ebbs - Ebbs, MA

“My thoughts are with the Smith family on the loss of Ray who was legendarially steady and kind as a horseman, friend, and neighbor, as well as a...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Jaye Winkler - Glastonbury, CT

“We are very sorry for your loss. May your memories bring a smile to your face. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Paul & Lynda DeCourcy - Rockport, MA

“Dad, You will always be in our hearts. Love, Janet & James ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Janet Smith Pierce - Gloucester, MA


Raymond Goddard Smith, 75, devoted husband of Marian "Mim" (Montrose) Smith passed away unexpectedly at Lahey Hospital in Burlington on Tuesday November 26, 2013. As he always hoped, he was surrounded by his family. "Ray Ray" as he was known by other "townies" was born in Rockport on May 9, 1938. He relished telling one and all that he was the last baby born in Haskins Hospital who still lived in his hometown. He attended Rockport schools and graduated with the class of 1956. Ray also went on to graduate from Nichols College. After his studies Ray enlisted in the US Army. He finished his military service in 1962 and from that point on Ray's entire focus was centered on the Smith family business of lumber and hardware which started in 1874. He was known and respected for his "old fashioned" customer service ethic. All his life Ray had a wide variety of endeavors. His primary interests were Free Masonry and horses. He was honored to serve as Master of Ashler Lodge, 1969: High Priest William Ferson Royal Arch Chapter, 1976; Excellent Commander Bethlehem Commandery, 1980; Imminent Master Salem Council, 1981; holder of Knights York Cross of Honor, 1983; District Deputy Grand Secretary for Wesley C. Tucker; holder of a Fifty Year Masonic Medal, 201 and a member of Aleppo Temple Shrine. Locally, he was a member of the Rockport Board of Trade; Corporator, Trustee, and member of the Board of Investment of the Granite Savings Bank; stockholder of the Rockport Golf Club and a member of Rockport American Legion Post 98. He was proud of the fact that he and his wife Mim were the first couple ever to be made Paul Harris Fellows, awarded by Rockport Rotary Club. One of his most visible passions was his life long involvement with the Rockport Christmas Tree Committee and his Chairmanship of it for over 35 years. In the horse world, Ray was well know as Vice President and Secretary of the Haflinger Association of America as well as USA voting representative to the World Haflinger Federation of Austria; co-founder with his wife Mim of Haflinger Breeders Organization; founding member of The Yankee Draft Horse Association; Trustee of Essex County Agricultural Society; member of Appalachian Wagon Train Association of Pennsylvania and Circus Fans of America. Ray was predeceased by his mother Edna L. Smith and father J. Raymond Smith as well as his sister Geneva S. Douglas. In addition to his wife of nearly 40 years, Ray is survived by his sister Susan L. Smith of New Orleans, his son Jay R. Smith, husband of Stephanie of Rockport, his daughter Janet Smith Pierce, wife of James of Gloucester, his son David J. Smith of Hawaii, his step-daughter Kirstie L. Ludwig and her spouse Joy Higgins of Fayette, Maine, step-son Scott E. Ludwig, husband of Heather of Magnolia, his grandchildren Benjamin R. Smith, Samuel J. Smith and Olivia A. Smith, all of Rockport, brothers-in-law Richard L. "Doug" Douglas of Rockport, Donald Montrose wife of Barbara and their children of Arizona, sister-in-law Cheryl Montrose and her children of Wyoming. He leaves as well, many close friends he considered "family" including John & Kathryn Newman of Great Britain; Richard & Lois Girard of Essex; James Robert & Sally Willing of Winchester. Over the years he also considered many of his employees as near family. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, Rockport. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The burial will be held in Beech Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made to the Rockport Christmas Tree Committee c/o Doreen Carter, 2 Mary Helen Way, Rockport MA 01966 or c/o Rockport National Bank, 16 Main St. Rockport MA, 01966. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.

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