CALAIS – Kenneth Smith Thomas Sr., 77, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at a Calais hospital. Smitty was born May 6, 1928, in Calais, son of the late Kenneth J. and Hazel (Smith) Thomas. He was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Occupational Forces in Japan. In 1954, he graduated from University of Maine Orono with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Smitty married Jennie Burgess Aug. 9, 1954, in St. Stephen. He owned and operated the International Motel and the St. Croix Valley Drive-In Theater for more than a half century, both uniquely American institutions. Smitty was a member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, where he was a past senior warden, past president and Paul Harris Fellowship recipient of the Rotary where he had 37 years perfect attendance, member of the St. Croix Lodge No. 46 AF & AM of Calais, Anah Temple Shrine in Bangor, Royal Order of Gestures, Sherman Bros. Post No. 3 American Legion, served on the board of directors of Calais Regional Hospital for many years, served on the board of Canada & New Brunswick Railroad, and loved hunting and fishing. He was predeceased by a sister, Leah Thomas. Surviving are his loving wife of more than 51 years, Jennie Thomas; a son, Kenneth Thomas Jr. and wife, Karen, of Calais; a daughter, Terri Coutu and husband, Michael, of West Warwick, R.I.; a sisters, Frances Sammer of Calais; six grandchildren, Holly and Leah Coutu, and Alissa, Cassondra, Airelle, and Nicholas Thomas; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Friends may call 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church with Father David Sivret officiating. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Church Street, Calais. <>