William J. Smith, Jr. 1939 – 2018

William J. Smith
William J. Smith, Jr. 1939 – 2018. Photo provided

CHESTER, Vt. – William J. Smith, Jr., 78, passed away on Feb. 26, 2018 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born June 20, 1939 in Brooklyn, N.Y. the son of William J. Sr. and Elizabeth (Castles) Smith. He resided and attended school in the Baldwin area.

On Oct. 5, 1957, he married Joyce Fesco in Arlington, Va. He resided on Long Island most of his life and worked as a plant manager for Studley Paper Company for 44 years. After his retirement in 1995. He moved to Chester, Vt.

His hobby during retirement was restoring his 1941 Ford convertible.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of Chester, two daughters Jill Matarese of Manchester, Vt. and Joanne Kotlarz of Durham, Ct., seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one sister Joan Wright of Las Vegas, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Carol DeMaio, one brother Edward Smith, and one sister Katherine Fisher.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, March 5, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chester, Vt., Reverend Peter Williams Pastor will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the North Street Cemetery in Chester, Vt.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Chester Police Association, P.O. Box 370, Chester, Vt. 05143 or to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Kidney Transplant Center Lebanon, N.H.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.

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