Wendell Harry Smith, Jr.

Born: Sun., Sep. 16, 1951
Died: Wed., Apr. 3, 2019


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North Chittenden: “Stub” Wendell H. Smith Jr., 67, passed away peacefully in his loving wife’s arms at the Rutland Regional Medical Center on April 3, 2019 after a brief and difficult battle with cancer. He was born in Proctor, Vermont to Wendell H. Smith Sr. and Elizabeth “Betty” Gee Smith on September 16, 1951. He attended Pittsford schools and graduated from Otter Valley High School in 1970. On September 10, 1983 he married Shelley J. Wheeler and spent 35 loving years together. Stub enjoyed hunting with his family and his camp friends from Connecticut. He liked spending time in the woods maple sugaring every spring. The majority of his life was devoted to a career he loved, but he also enjoyed time with his family going four wheeling, snowmobiling, camping, hiking, and just spending quality family time together. Above all Stub’s favorite hobby was collecting John Deere toys big and small. Stub always was ready to give a helping hand and reach out to others. Recently, he couldn’t get enough time with his very special grandchildren, they provided so much enjoyment.
Stub started working at a young age at the Provin Motorcycle Shop. As a teenager he pumped gas at the Wooden Barrel Store where he was hired by Richard Blow to do carpentry, along with his future father-in-law Cleo Wheeler. In 1977 he created his own business “Wendell H. Smith Jr., Corp” known today as Smith Corp. Originally his trade was strictly carpentry but, eventually he ventured into the excavation part to build his own home and loved it. He took pride in his work and was a perfectionist. Working hard with his son, Evan, every day made him so happy and proud. All of his family worked together to operate his business.
While working with Richard Blow, Stub joined the Chittenden Volunteer fire department at a very young age. He served as secretary first, then as the assistant chief. He is a lifetime member. Recognizing that Chittenden needed a first response he helped create the Chittenden First Response and donated his time to build the garage for the original first response vehicle. He called bingo every Friday to help raise money for the department and asked his wife out on their first date at a firemen’s auction in 1982.
1998 Stub was appointed to the Chittenden Select board and happily served for 20 years. During his time on the board he always fought for what was best for the town’s people as a whole. He disliked the state mandating things and taking away the local control. He donated numerous labor hours building different structures at the transfer station and other buildings in town. He donated his time and machinery for several jobs to make Chittenden a better place for the future generations. The most recent donated project was the excavation for the Royal Baird flagpole memorial. He didn’t want recognition for his work, he did it out of the kindness of his heart. Stub spent endless hours maintaining winter roads and equipment as an on call employee. Several projects were performed by his business, and were always done with pride and professionalism as an excavator throughout the town.
Survived by his wife Shelley Wheeler Smith, his daughter Amy E. Kehoe and her husband Ashley of Pittsford, his son Evan W. Smith and his wife Kate of Rutland. Grandchildren: Addilyn Smith (3), Cohan Smith (2 months), Elizabeth “Ellie” Kehoe (3), Gabriella “Gabby” Kehoe (12) and Hunter Kehoe (11). His brothers Paul W. Smith and wife Sylvia, of Charlestown, NH, Roger V. Smith and his wife Barbara of Proctor, VT., Sister-in-laws: Sherry LaPorte, Donna Hosking & Mandy Davis, Brother-in-Laws Jacob Wheeler, Cy wheeler & Luke Wheeler. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends. Predeceased by his parents, sister-in-law Joan Smith of Charlestown, NH and his mother-in-law Colleen Gardner of Pittsford, VT.
Many thanks and appreciation to the Rutland Regional Ambulance Service, DHART Helicopter, UVM Medical Center, Fanny Allen Rehabilitation Facility, St. Michael’s Ambulance Service, Lamoille Ambulance Service, Rutland Visiting Nurses and Hospice, and Rutland Regional Medical Center for all of their professional care.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Regional Ambulance Service, 275 Stratton Rd, Rutland, VT 05701. A private funeral service will be held at Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home, 26 Franklin St. in Brandon, VT. All are invited to a celebration of life which will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2 until 4 PM p.m. at the American Legion Post 55 in Brandon, VT. Family request: Please bring a written memory to share of Stub, to either be read or left for family to enjoy at a later date. Interment will take place at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery in Pittsford.

 

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Sherrie & Louis LaFemina
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult walk. May God Welcome Stub home and comfort you in his loving arms. We remember Stub in so many wonderful ways. A gentle, supportive and respectful man. Truly a blessing to all who journeyed with him. Thank you Stub! God Bless you and your family.

Jennifer and Jamie Buzzell
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Shelley and family - We are so very sorry for your loss. Stub was an amazing man and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Sending your all of our love.

Claire Sporer
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to all of you at this difficult time. He put up a good fight and is now home in the loving arms of the Lord.

Kim Raymond
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Shelley and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all as you find your way on this new journey. Stub will be missed in our Chittenden Community. Love to you!

Jane Wilson
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
My most sincere condolences and prayers to the entire family. Although I did not know Stub personally I knew of him and his amazing work throughout the community. Have known members of his family for years. God is smiling as He has welcomed a new angel in Heaven.

Lin Reuther
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
I am so sad to learn that Stub could not pull through all his illnesses, and has left us. The world surely has been left with a hole now, as have our lives. Stub was such a gracious, giving man. Just last December, right before Christmas, he came over to dog the hole for my beloved old horse who could not recover from his lung disease. I don’t know what we would have done without Stub.
R.I.P., Stub. You are surely in heaven.

Chris Fish
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Met you about 1976. You were as kind hearted, easy going then as you were the last time we met when you came and repaired the roadway and drives. Got to meet your son, he is a mirror image of you and Shelley. Sorry to see you go, rest in peace my friend.

Dave Sargent
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Shelly, to you and your family I express my sincere condolences. Stub was an honorable man and one that I sincerely respected and enjoyed working and serving with over the years.

Edith Brileya Kennedy
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Shelley and family I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. What an amazing man, husband, father and grandfather. May God help you thru this difficult time of healing.

LINDA HASELTON
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
TO THE FAMILY OF STUB-WORDS CAN NOT BE SAID OF HOW WE FEEL FOR YOUR LOSS... WHAT A GREAT MAN-HARD WORKER, GREAT HUSBAND, GREAT FATHER, GRANDFATHER ETC---THE LIST GOES ON--IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND A GREAT PRIVELIGE TO HAVE KNOWN HIM AND ALL OF YOU. HEAVEN WAS--MISSING AN ANGEL--NOW HE IS NOT MISSING--BUT SAFELY HOME-HEAL QUICKLY-YOU ALL ARE TRULY LOVED AND CARED ABOUT GOD BE WITH THIS FAMILY-


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