Stephen E. SmithPrincetown- Stephen E. Smith, 86, died suddenly on Tuesday May 19, 2009 at Albany Medical Center. He was born in Princetown, to late Eugene and Mary Smith. He served during World War II in the Navy. He was a self-employed mason for over 30 years. Stephen is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Smith; two daughters Suzanne (Robert) Leclair of Duanesburg, Judith Smith Knight of Schenectady; two sons Timothy (Vicki) Smith of Anchorage, Alaska and Daniel (Kathryn) Smith of Schenectady; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by four sisters Melvine, Ethel, Helen, and Mary. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Wednesday May 27, 2009 at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont; follow by an interment at Schenectady Memorial Park. Friends may call prior from 10 to 11 am. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Stephen's memory to a charity of one's choice. Those who wish to leave condolences for the Smith family may do so online at www.FredendallFuneralHome.com
Darrins fond memories of Uncle Steve: Annual Memorial Day weekends at Indian Lake. Indian Lake fishing. Having popcorn every time I got to visit him and Aunt Doris. New Years Day family gatherings and trusting me (as a teenager) to use his snow mobilesalways an amazing privilege for me! Canned salmon! Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm. His stone work for my parents woodstove. My Grandma Leizer's brother. My Dads best man.
Darrin J. Leizer May 27 2009 12:00 AM
I have many great memories of my Uncle Steve. The times when our families would go on vacation together. Those yearly trips we would make to the Brown family reunion. Uncle Steve gave the best hugs and always had the kindest smile. I feel very fortunate that I was able to see my Uncle Steve in January when they were traveling through Arizona and heading home. I was able to tell my Uncle how much I love him and got my last hug. Uncle Steve, you will be greatly missed.
Mary Kay Pollard May 27 2009 12:00 AM
Stephen E. Smith was the finest and sweetest man I've ever known. He always treated me well despite my sometimes outrageous behavior, and he taught me so many things for which I will always be grateful. I wish I had a father like him, more than any of you could ever know. At least my kids were fortunate enough to have him as a grandfather, and I know they all love him dearly, as do I. Regretfully I cannot attend the service, but know that the grief I feel and the tears I have shed are tempered only by the many fond memories I hold of this exceptional man. We all have suffered a great loss.
Kevin C. Knight May 26 2009 12:00 AM