MILO – Gerald M. Smith, 78, husband of Rachel (Buzzell) Smith, died Dec. 28, 2006, in the comfort of his own home and in the presence of his family, after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born March 7, 1928, in Milo, the son of Lavern C. and Florence (Fletcher) Smith. He was a graduate of Milo High School, Class of 1946 and during his high school years had worked for the B & A Railroad shoveling snow. He was employed by Great Northern Paper Co. for many years, retiring in 1983. An avid outdoorsman, he loved spending time at his camp on Little Boyd Lake. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and playing horseshoes. He also enjoyed spending time at The Restaurant with friends and the girls. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rachel of Milo; six children, of whom he was very proud, Joyce Green and her husband, Joe, of Derby, Debi Smith of Portland, Sandy Smith and her companion, Ron Nickerson, of Monson, Reta Haley and her husband, Tom, of Milo, Clifford Smith and his wife, Becky, of Fairfield, Peggy Ellis and her fianc?, Jim Brawn, of Hudson; two brothers, Beverly Smith of Hermon and Wayne Smith of Hope; two sisters, Pauline Albee of Sangerville and Shirley Clukey of Abbot; seven grandchildren, Butch, Andrea, Amy, Amanda, Travis, Thomas and Shane; five great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Natalie, Zakary, Triston, Annie and one on the way; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Annabelle Titcomb. A graveside memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. After the service friends are invited to the home of Joyce Green for a time of fellowship and sharing. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Three Rivers Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 432, Milo, ME 04463. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo.