Douglas L. Smith, 67, of McGary Hill Road, Lancaster, N.H., died at his home Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, after a recent illness.
Douglas was born in Providence, R.I., during the infamous Hurricane Carol, on Aug. 31, 1954, the son of Thomas Francis and Helen Jackman (Shippee) Smith.
Raised in Foster, R.I., he attended local schools, including Ponaganset High School, before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Plattsburg Air Force Base, where he worked on the tarmac guiding and refueling planes. In 1985, he earned his CDL and started a career as a semi-truck driver. He drove for JP Noonan, Wausau Paper, Carl Johnson and MBI.
Doug enjoyed spending time at camp, shooting pool, and sports; he was an avid fan of the New England Patriots. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast, and his greatest enjoyment was working on and riding his motorcycles.
Surviving family members include his son, Thomas Smith of Cammillus, N.H.; longtime companion, Melanie Whitney, of Lancaster; two brothers, Roger Thomas Smith of Sterling, Conn., Bradford Allen Smith of Foster, R.I.; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife. Cheryl A. Hawkins Smith, in 2001.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster, N.H. Words of remembrance will be shared at 2:30 p.m. A summer gathering will be held at the family camp on Marshall Road. A notice will be posted prior.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home, 210 Main St., Lancaster N.H. 03584. For more information or to send an online condolence, please go to www.baileyfh.net .