Burt Smith: 1932 - 2013

Burt W. Smith, 80, passed away at his home Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, with his loving wife Myra by his side after a brief illness, reports the PostStar. From the PostStar:

"Burt Smith was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Cornwall, N.Y., the son of the late Albert and Helen Dickerson Smith.

He lived in Cornwall and then moved to Shelter Island with his parents where he grew up and attended Shelter Island School.

Burt was also predeceased by his daughter-in law, Julie Smith and a stepson, Chris Trumble.

In January of 1951, Burt enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and took part in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in January 1954 and began his employment with the Shelter Island Light and Power Company.

He became a member of IBEW Local 42 Manchester, Conn., and traveled to many states as a journeyman lineman as his job required, until his retirement after 42 years.

Burt married Shirley Burke on June 11, 1955, and two sons were born from this union.

Burt married Myra (Bova) Trumble Sept. 6, 1980. They retired to Schroon Lake in 1994.

Burt was a star basketball player in high school, loved baseball and enjoyed playing golf at Schroon Lake Golf Course with several great competing friends of Schroon Lake and those he waited for coming back from Florida each year.

Burt was cremated and it was his request there be no funeral service or calling hours.

Besides his wife of 33 years Myra Bova Trumble Smith of Schroon lake, Burt is survived by his sons, Larry, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ricky, of Silver Lake, Wis.; his brother, Robert (Marjorie) Smith of Palm City, Fla.; his sisters, Dorothy S. (Frederick) Ogar of Shelter Island and Margaret (Michael) Falanga of Middletown, N.Y.; a step-daughter, Roslyn Geatano; his grandchildren, Stephanie, Jamie and Nicholas; one great- grandchild; two step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and cousins Burt and Myra would like to thank Dr. Schwerman, Dr. Yarzee, Dr. Pillmere and all the nurses of Tower 6 at Glens Falls Hospital and most of all, those involved with hospice, a great organization answering to one who wishes to have great attention to your loved ones needs and your own.

There will be a graveside service with military honors on a day and time to be announced, at Shelter Island Cemetery, Shelter Island, N.Y.

The family suggests memorials take the form of donations to Schroon Lake Emergency Squad, Schroon Lake, NY 12870; American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057, or High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care P.O. Box 192, Port Henry, NY 12974.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home."