Berton Smith
Berton Smith
  • March 16, 1929 - November 4, 2017
  • Waterford, Connecticut

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Berton C. Smith, 88, of Waterford passed away on November 4, 2017 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London.

Mr. Smith was born on March 16, 1929 in Waterford to H. Douglas and Ethel Smith. He graduated from Great Neck Elementary School and Chapman Technical High School in New London before attending Roosevelt Aviation School at Minolta Long Island. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy flying as a Plane Captain on the PB 4Y-1-P's, called Liberators. His tour of duty took him to Labrador and Alaska and he received an honorable discharge in 1952 with the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd. Upon returning home, he spent most of his working years as a wooden boat builder and marine mechanic for many Marinas and boat yards, retiring from Port Niantic in 1994.

Mr. Smith married Agnes Gray Smith in Waterford on September 19, 1953. She predeceases him.

Mr. Smith was a 69 year member and former officer of the Goshen Fire Dept., Past Master of Konomoc Grange #41, active in the Boy Scouts Troop #29, a member of the Masons for over 60 years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waterford.

Mr. Smith is survived by two sons, Douglas (Janet) Smith of Canterbury, and Samuel (Amy) Smith of Lebanon; three daughters, Rosanna Parks of Waterford, Mary Sarafinas of Waterford, and Debora (Kenny) Hickerson of Ellenville, NY; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by two granddaughters.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 5pm until 8pm at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave. New London, CT 06320. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM in The First Baptist Church of Waterford, 105 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford, CT 06358. Burial with military honors will follow in Jordan Cemetery, Waterford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Boy Scouts, Troop #29 or Goshen Fire Department, 63 Goshen Rd., Waterford, CT 06385.