HARRINGTON – Eugene “Gene” E. Smith, 91, died July 7, 2008, at Brewer Rehab. Facility. He was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Pembroke, the eldest son of the late Perley and Lillian (Stanhope) Smith. Gene had recently been a resident of Woodlands Residential Care Facility, Brewer. He started working at age 9 to help his family. Gene worked as a Merchant Marine on the Great Lakes during World War II and until 1956. Gene then worked for St. Regis Paper Co., until his retirement in 1981. He worked the last log drive on the Machias River. Gene was a member of the United Steelworkers Union. After his retirement, Gene spent many summers camping and flounder fishing. He enjoyed lunches at the White House Restaurant. Gene could always be seen walking through Harrington with his friends, George Frye and “Prid” Dowling or having “discussions” at the post office every morning. Gene is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Smith; two sons, Dean Smith and wife, Gloria, of Hermon, and Arlo Smith and wife, Bonnie, of Perry; two daughters, Marie Murphy of Harrington and Rebecca Atwater of Steuben; three brothers, Roland and wife, Edie, of Machias, Perley, wife, Ina, of Jay, and Alton of Westbrook; two sisters, Barbara Mitchell and Patricia Worcester of Harrington; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchil-ren, five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jessie McHatton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Gene was predeceased by brothers, William and Philip; a sister, Olie; one infant grandson, Toby Smith; a son-in-law, Leon Atwater; and best friend, George Frye. The family especially thanks the nurses and staff at both Brewer Rehab. and Woodlands for the excellent care given to Gene. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge, where a funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, officiated by Kendrick Randall. Burial will be held after at Forest Hill Cemetery, Harrington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Anah Shrine Temple, 586 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401. www.bragdonkelley.com