Kenneth Wilson Smith, Sr.
Kenneth Wilson Smith, Sr.

May 12, 1915 - February 13, 2017
Born in Galesville, MD
Resided in Harwood, MD
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Kenneth Wilson Smith, 101, a lifelong resident of Galesville, passed away peacefully in his favorite living room chair on February 13 of natural causes.

Kenneth was born in his family home in Galesville on May 12, 1915. The son of Joseph and Mary Smith, he was the eighth of nine children. He attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy where he was a standout football player.

After graduating, he joined his older brothers as a partner in Smith Brothers, Inc., general contractors specializing in marine and road construction. Kenneth became a skilled crane operator and superintendent.

In 1941, Kenneth married Emma Jean Lee, of Shady Side, with whom he enjoyed 66 years of marriage until her death in 2007

Kenneth enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater on Saipan applying his considerable skills as a mechanic and technician on the B-29 bomber fleet. After the war, Kenneth returned home to Galesville and Smith Brothers. Kenneth was a member of the 'Greatest Generation' and having survived the Great Depression developed a strong work ethic. He enjoyed sailing and was a founding member and commodore of the West River Sailing Club, founded as Our Own Damn Yacht Club. He was active in the Chesapeake 20 fleet.

Kenneth was the last of the original Smith Brothers and ushered the company into the new century as president by shifting focus from contracting to barge and equipment rentals. He remained active in the operation until well into his 80's and continued to visit the office daily until his death. He was known among his peers for his business acumen and integrity.

Kenneth had a large and varied circle of friends and family with whom he enjoyed spending time with at his home in Cumberstone. Kenneth Smith was known for his benevolence, hospitality, patience, honesty and genuine smile.

He was predeceased by his wife Emma Jean, son Kenneth Jr., and grandson Kenneth III. He is survived by daughter, Penny (Charles) Kidd and son, Jeffrey (Kathy) Smith, daughter-in-law Phyllis Smith, grandchildren Monica Kidd, Andrea Taylor, Charlotte, Ellie and Amity Smith and two great- grandchildren. And many nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday April 1 at 2pm at the West River Sailing Club, 4800 Riverside Drive Galesville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Central Md., Sec. Office, 515 S Haven St., Baltimore, Md., 21224, or a favorite charity.





West River Sailing Club
4800 Riverside Drive
Galesville, MD US 20765
Saturday, April 1, 2017
2:00 PM