Leon A. Smith Sr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather died suddenly and unexpectedly on May 26, 2021 at home.
He was born in Camden, Maine, June 3, 1949 to Helen (Small) and James A. Smith.
He married his high school sweetheart, Juanita L. Cross, on May 4, 1968. The couple settled in Lincolnville where they raised their two children, Laura and Leon Jr. Theirs was a true love story, together since their teens, they were rarely without one another.
Leon was by Juanita’s side for years as she fought a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He selflessly cared for her at home, giving of himself completely, until her last day, when she passed away in his arms. Her passing left him grief stricken, heartbroken, and unbearably lost. It was during that dark time that he found Rose, also widowed, who helped him find the strength to keep going. They shared the grief of losing spouses, but together were able to bring one another joy and happiness. They spent the last few years sharing many adventures, travels, camping trips, and a deep love for one another.
He had a passion for woodworking and loved to make toys and furniture for all his grandkids, who called him Grandfather. He also loved camping and outdoor activities, especially kayaking. He was a large man with an even larger heart. Though he rarely spoke his feelings to others, he was never shy to show the pride and love he had for his children and grandchildren. Those that were lucky enough to be on the receiving end of one of his bear hugs will always remember them. From countless childcare families, to his own family, he was loved far and wide!
He is survived by his dear love, Rosalie Davis of Searsmont; his two children: Laura (Smith) Greeley and her husband Kevin of Freedom, and Leon A. Smith Jr, and his wife Amy (Pottle) of Lincolnville; seven grandchildren: Brittany Black, Andrew Smith, Amanda Wadsworth, Rebecca Philbrook, Christopher Smith, Lincoln Greeley, and Hannah Greeley; and ten great grandchildren.
He also considered Rose’s children as his own: Scott Annis, Joe Davis and Nicole Karod, as well as her grandchildren Khloe and Alden Davis. They all adored him and they will greatly miss his presence in their lives.
Leon was a quiet man and wanted no ceremony or service to mark his passing. He wished to be cremated so that he could join Juanita. They will be reunited at their favorite hiking and kayaking spots, forever together once more.
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