Paul “Pud” Wendell Smith, 80, Charlestown, NH, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2021, at Valley Regional Hospital, with his wife, Sylvia Smith, and his loving family by his side. Paul was born on June 26, 1941, in Proctor, VT, to Wendell and Elizabeth “Betty” Smith. He was the oldest of three sons.
Paul had three children with his first wife, Joan Smith, who predeceased him in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia M. Smith, of Charlestown, NH; a younger brother, Roger Smith and his wife Barb of Proctor, VT; sister-in-law Shelley Smith Lawrence, of Chittenden, VT; daughter, Elaine Tobias and her husband Chris of Charlestown, NH; daughter Paula Miller and her husband Terry of Unity, NH; son Timothy Smith and his wife Patty of Paso Robles, CA; step-daughter Linda Simpson of Claremont, NH; step-son Donald Simpson of Bradenton, FL; six grandchildren – Anthony, Kimmy, Curtis, Meagan, Jessy, and Casey; six step-grandchildren – Michelle, Dotty, Bruce, Brian, Megan, and Danielle. He also is survived by eighteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his father and mother, and a younger brother, Wendell “Stub” Smith.
Paul was a mechanic early on in life and quickly transitioned to driving truck. He owned P & J Trucking along with his wife Sylvia and was in the trucking industry for over 50 years. He received the Golden Achievement Award from American Truck Historical Society. Paul retired from his life behind the wheel when he was 76 years old. Paul enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his Harley-Davidson, and watching NASCAR. Paul will be missed.
A memorial service for Paul will be held on Dec. 4, 2021, with calling hours between 12:00 – 1:00 PM with the service starting at 1:00 PM at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH. A reception will be immediately following the service at Charlestown VFW, 365 Lovers Lane Rd, Charlestown, NH. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, in loving memory of Paul W. Smith.
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