Aubrey E. Smith, 93, went to meet his Lord, Monday, May 5, 2014.
He was born Feb. 23, 1921, in Bingham, Maine, the son of Edward and Dorothy (nee Cates) Smith.
Aubrey was educated in Bingham and in Philadelphia, Pa. During World War II, he served with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, seeing action in France, Belgium and Germany. The greatest event came as the 82nd was chosen to represent the American soldier in the victory parade. Aubrey marched up New York’s famed Fifth Avenue with his division, led by Gen. James “Slim Jim” Gavin. Aubrey worked for 30 years before his retirement with United Engineers & Constructors Inc. of Philadelphia, as chief Timekeeper, Field Accountant and Office Manager. He transferred with his company to different areas of the United States, to include Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota, Nevada, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
He moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., upon his retirement, where he spent the winter months and summers at his cottage on Embden Lake, Maine, and at his home in Lakewood, Maine. In 1988, he obtained his Florida Real Estate License, and was active in real estate until 2008. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte; VFW Post 7865 in Madison, Maine; American Legion Post 99 of Bingham; the Skowhegan/Madison Elks Lodge 2531 of Skowhegan, Maine; the Embden Pond Association; the Department of Professional Regulations, Division of Real Estate; and the National Association of Realtors.
Aubrey is survived by several nieces and nephews.
A witness to the Resurrection and celebration of the life of Aubrey E. Smith will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte.