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January 1, 1970 - March 31, 2003
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Holliston – William F. Smith, 82, died March 31, 2003 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Natick where he had been a patient this past month with acute leukemia.
He was the husband of Jean L. (Metzler) Smith.
Born in Oroville, California he was the son of the late Alexander and Elva (Cook) Smith.
The family moved to the Framingham area and subsequently to Holliston when he was two years old. He was a student in the Holliston School System and graduated from St. Mary’s School in Milford in 1938. He graduated from Massachusetts State College in Amherst in 1942. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in W.W.II from 1943-1946 in the 5th Army in the 88th Signal Company as radio operator and mortar crewman. He took courses at Boston University and University Training Command in Florence, Italy in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Smith had worked for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Maryland, the Bureau of Customs, Treasury Dept. in Boston and the U.S. Army Labs in Natick, MA until retirement in 1977 as a research chemist.
He had been a member of the Masons, Fraternal Order of Eagles and VFW.
Beside his wife he is survived by his sons; Alexander William and his wife Sharon Smith of Vernon, CT and Gregory Cole Smith of Bedford, MA, two daughters; Barbara Jean and her husband Theodor Oxholm III and Carol Anne and her husband Paul Babineau all of Holliston, a sister; Lavinia Jeannette Satkiewicz of Ellicott City, MD, six grandchildren; Nathan Paul, Aaron William, and Benjamin Camille Babineau, Theodor Oxholm IV, Christopher Evan , William Shaw Oxholm and Amy Jean Smith.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, High St., Holliston. The Rev. Ernest Batten will officiate. Burial of ashes in Lake Grove Cemetery, Holliston will follow. A calling hour will be held at the church prior to the memorial service from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Donations in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 495 Old Connecticut Path, Suite 220, Framingham, MA 01701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington St., Holliston.