Raymond K. Smith, 101, a lifelong resident of Upton and the town’s oldest citizen, died early Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in Whitcomb House in Milford. His wife of 61 years, Mary E. (Ferrucci) Smith, died in 2012.
Raymond was born in Upton, a son of the late Franklin and Ida (Hagberg) Smith, and was a graduate of Upton High School. He served as a Technical Sergeant with the 352nd Fighter Group of the Army Air Force in Europe during World War II and was a member of the George L. Wood VFW Post in Upton.
He worked at Draper Corporation in Hopedale for many years, then for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Lyman School, and as a custodian at Blackstone Valley Tech High School before retiring. He was elected to the Upton Cemetery Commission for multiple terms and had also served as the town’s veterans’ agent.
He leaves one son, Raymond P. Smith of Upton; a daughter, Mary Ellen Santelices and her husband Karin of Franklin; and three grandchildren, David Santelices of Belvedere, VT, Adam Santelices of Brighton, and Jacquelyn Santelices of Upton. He was also the brother of the late Edward, Harold, and Richard Smith and Hazel Whitney.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held Saturday, September 17, at 10 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton (www.uptonfunerals.com). Burial with military honors will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Maple Ave., West Upton. There are no calling hours.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 1012, Upton 01568.