Bert Roger Smith, 80, of Dewey Ave, Groton, N.Y. died peacefully at home on January 11, 2014. Born August 30, 1933 in Freeville, NY, he was the son of the late Roger and Pearl Smith. Bert is survived by his children, Kelly (Danny Klimaszewski) of Groton, Jill (Kurt) Koehler of Prescott Valley, AZ, and Scott (Tammy Dann) of Locke, grandchildren Jessica Crispell of Newfield, Kurt Koehler IV of Tempe, AZ, and Darryl (Janine) Volpicelli of Crofton, MD, along with 3 great grandsons, a step grandson Deter Klimaszewski and step granddaughter Melanie Koehler. He is also survived by brothers, Ted (Sally Hayes) of Groton, William (Pam) of Mesa, AZ and Gary (Martha) of Sidney NY and his faithful companion Buddy, the shelter dog. Bert was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Ann (Senecal) on May 30, 2007, daughter Wendy (Smith) Crispell on Nov. 10, 2003, sister Elma (Smith) Hurst on Nov. 4, 2005, brothers Robert (Alice) on July 22, 2010, and Richard on December 14, 2012. Bert lived a full life that centered around spending time with family and friends. He was a Marine sergeant, completing basic training at Parris Island and was later stationed in London. He retired from Verizon/NY Bell in 1988. He spent his retirement years cheering for his son Scott at all of Scott’s stock car races and taking grandkids fishing, to the NY State Fair, and Empire Farm Days. He loved discussing local history and socializing at the Rod & Gun Club, the 920 Club, at Casper’s over breakfast and at Linda’s Diner over a plate of fried fish. Services will be held on Sunday January 19th at 3:00 p.m. at Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams St, Groton and the family will receive friends from 1 to 3 prior to the service. A reception will be held following the service at the Elm Tree in McLean.
Contributions in Bert’s name may be made to Country Acres Animal Shelter, 5852 West Scott Road, Homer, NY 13077-8324.