Roy T. Smith Jr.
Published 8:02 am, Thursday, January 6, 2011
Roy T. Smith Jr., 92, of Orange, died Dec. 29, 2010, at his home.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of the late Roy T. and Hazel M. (Lockard) Smith. After graduating from Hobart College in 1940, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, attended its Airborne School at Lake Hurst, N.Y. and, in June 1942, shipped out to the Pacific with the 1st Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Division. While on Guam during that period, he met his wife-to-be, Stella Makar, one of a group of 12 Navy flight nurses.
After being discharged, he went into sales with the Parker Kenner Co. in Massachusetts and in 1950, with three others, helped establish the Rowen-Leahy Co., a construction equipment dealership in Newington. He remained with the company until he retired in 1981. He enjoyed reading, gardening and had been a member of several town committees and commissions.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of 64 years, include two daughters, Marlene Garceau of Bethany and Tracey Smith-Oliver of Fairfield, Va.; two sons, Roderick Smith of Westport and Roy Smith III of West Haven; and five grandchildren, Tyler and Linleigh Smith, Marston Garceau, and Allegra and Alexander Smith.
There are no calling hours and burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Hole-in-the Wall Gang Camp, 228 Saugatuck Ave., Westport, CT 06880, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Cody-White Funeral Home in Milford; www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.