PORTLAND – Albert L. Smith Sr., 70, of East Wilton, died Wednesday evening, July 2, 2014, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, surrounded by his family.
He was born May 13, 1944, in Lewiston, a son of Murray L. and Mary Clara (Parker) Smith. He was a graduate of Wilton Academy and Husson College in Bangor, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and minored in business administration, and later the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. On Sept. 13, 1974, he married Shannon Chase.
He worked his way up through the ranks as a patrol deputy, corporal, transport officer and transport supervisor, and retired after 38 years of service on April 30, 2013. To date, he was the longest-working employee for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
Albert is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Shannon, of East Wilton; their son, Albert Smith Jr., "JR", and his wife, Jaynelle, of Winthrop; their daughter, Amylynn Bibeau and her husband, Randall "Randy," of Livermore; one sister, Gloria Cushing, of East Wilton; one brother, Stanley Smith, and his wife, Helen, of Kennisaw, Ga.; five grandchildren: Shie and Jevin Smith, of Winthrop, Beth Bubier and her husband, Chris Bubier, of Jay, and Hunter and Corbin Bibeau, of Livermore; brothers-in-law Clifford Chase Jr. and his wife, Gayle, of Dryden, and Dwain Chase, of Wilton; sisters-in-law Eleanor Welch, of Wilton, and Montris Tyler and her husband, Calvin, of Jay; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and "surrogate children" Steven Smith and Kathi Smith.
He was predeceased by a brother, Sheridan Smith; and brothers-in-law Rick Cushing and Lauris Welch.
Family and friends are invited to call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road (U.S. Route 2 and Route 27), Farmington. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday morning, beginning with a memorial service directed by members of the Farmington Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 2430. Committal services will be held at Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton, followed by a reception at the Elks Lodge on School Street, West Farmington. All are welcome. Remembrance gifts may be given to his family, c/o Shannon Smith, 25 Pleasant View Heights, Wilton, ME 04294, for either the Farmington Harness Horseman's Scholarship Fund or for the purpose of purchasing a large, wide-screen television for the oncology department at Maine Medical Center.
Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com. His memorial video will also be available at this site following Sunday's visitation.