His friendship with Walter Schoenknecht, the founder of Mount Snow, led him to relocate to Dover where he and his wife Marie established the first ski lodge in West Dover. After selling the lodge they built the Alp-Hof Lodge at the base of Carinthia, which he operated until retiring at 52.
He was a founding member of and instrumental in forming the West Dover Fire Department, which was born out of necessity, as the closest fire department was in Wilmington and development was booming around Mount Snow. Throughout the years he had attended the West Dover Congregational Church.
Mr. Smith absolutely loved the outdoors and spent as much time as he could outside including canoeing, hiking, biking, gardening, or just sitting in his yard. He enjoyed a lifelong passion for skiing and did so until age 92. His proudest possessions were his World War II 10th Mountain Division cap and his commemorative 10th Mountain Division skis.
He leaves his sons Richard and wife Marylou Smith, of East Dover, and Ronald L. Smith and friend Susan, of Friendship, Maine; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren; and many friends, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years Marie (Gilles) Smith, who died May 8, 2003, and four siblings.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 am Saturday, October 26, at the Mountain View Cemetery in West Dover.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Jacksonville Senior Meals Program or the West Dover Congregational Church in care of the Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.
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