Lawrence Arthur Smith ("Smitty") passed away peacefully at his home in Morrill on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the age of 81. His short, but courageous battle with cancer inspired all who came into his home to visit.

He was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Brooks to Clyde and Evelyn (Johnson) Smith. Smitty was one of 13 children in the Smith household. He was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Evelyn; and siblings Marlowe, Sherwood, Nellie, Clyde (Jitter), Alfred, Raynor (Pete), Mary, Roy and Polly.

Smitty graduated from Morse Memorial High School in Brooks in 1957. He joined the Maine Army National Guard in 1955 and served for eight years. He began work for Cottle’s Supermarket (now Hannaford) in Belfast in 1959 and retired in 1992 after 33 years. He then began a  career for RSU 3 School District as a custodian at Mt. View High School, retiring, again, in 2014 after 22 years.

On Sept. 12, 1959, he married Janie E. Stairs in Winterport, and moved to Belfast in 1960.  In 1963, they moved to Morrill where they raised their family and resided for 56 years.

In 1965, along with brothers Al and Jitter, Smitty was a founding member of Wildes Hill Rod and Gun Club in Monroe. In 2000, he became a member of the Biggest Bucks in Maine Club.

He is survived by his wife, Janie of Morrill; his daughter, Brenda Ventura and husband Tom of Belfast; sons,  Keith Smith and wife Terri of Augusta, Michael Smith and wife Amy of Palermo, and Eric Smith and wife Rhonda of Durham; four grandchildren, Joshua Smith and wife Kasi of Glenburn, Sierra Zang and husband Justin of Queens, N.Y., Aspen Ventura and partner Taylor Light of Prospect, and Zeke Ventura of Orono; great-grandchild Bowden Smith of Glenburn; brother Byron Smith of Three Rivers, Mass.; and sisters Coralee Grass of Bucksport and Coleen Putnam of Brooks.

A celebration of Smitty’s life will be held at Morrill Baptist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at this time.

Donations may be given to Maine Health Care at Home Hospice, 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco, ME 04072, or online at  https://mainehealth.org/mainehealth-care-at-home/ways-to-give/online-donation.  The family would especially like to thank David Malay, RN.,  Denise Anderson, CNA., Constance Delio, Hospice volunteer, and Pastor Jim Culbertson. Condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.