William Henry Smith: Dedicated Firefighter


Milton bid farewell to one of its own, William Henry Smith, affectionately known as “Bill Henry,” passed away unexpectedly at the age of 73. A lifelong resident of Milton, Bill was deeply involved in his community. He is leaving a lasting impact on the people he served and the places he cherished.

Early Life and Education

Born in Milford to Julian M. “Junie” and F. Jeanette (Mitchell) Smith, Bill attended Milton High School. He furthered his education at Goldey-Beacom Junior College, earning his degree in 1969, a source of great pride for him. Throughout his life, Bill remained closely tied to his family’s farming operation, Smith Brothers Farms. He eventually became the proud owner and operator of Smith Landing Campground.

The Simple Man with a Big Heart

Bill Henry was known for his down-to-earth nature and his love for the town of Milton. He was a man of simplicity, finding joy in the little things and appreciating the close-knit community he was a part of. Bill was not just a spectator but an active participant in the community’s life, touching the hearts of many.

Dedication to Firefighting

One of Bill’s most commendable accomplishments was his dedication to the Milton Fire Department Station 85. His commitment spanned an impressive 50 years, a feat that earned him recognition and respect from his peers. Over the years, Bill took on various roles, including superintendent of supplies, chief engineer, and assistant secretary. Even in his later years, he rarely missed a Tuesday night meeting at the fire hall. He is demonstrating his unwavering commitment to serving and protecting the community.

Family and Legacy

Bill leaves behind a loving family, including his three daughters, Tracy McLamb, Jennifer McKean, and Katie Shockley, along with their mother, Donna Smith. He was also a proud grandfather to five grandchildren, Hannah, Kelsie, Melanie, Thomas, and Grayne. Bill shared a special bond with his canine companions, Labradors Lux and Maggie, who were constant sources of companionship and joy.

A Farewell to a Community Icon

The funeral service for William Henry Smith will be held on Saturday, August 5th, at Short Funeral Services chapel on 416 Federal St., Milton. The visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral at noon. Bill’s final resting place will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton.

Honoring His Memory

In lieu of flowers, the family invites those who wish to pay their respects to contribute memorial donations to the Milton Fire Department. Bill’s dedication to firefighting was unwavering, and supporting the department would be a meaningful tribute to his life and service. All firefighters are welcome to attend the services, with apparatus provided by the Milton Fire Department.

As the Milton community mourns the loss of William Henry Smith, they celebrate the legacy of a man who lived a life of service and love for his town and its people. Bill Henry will be fondly remember for his contributions as a campground owner, a beloved firefighter, and a simple man whose impact extend far beyond his years.

William Henry Smith: Dedicated Firefighter
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