Charles R. Smith
LIVERMORE FALLS -- Charles R. Smith, 65, of Livermore Falls died peacefully at home on Oct. 6, 2013 with his family by his side. Charlie lived an adventurous life with his life-long partner and soul mate, Lorraine. He was a man true to himself, living life to the fullest and unarguably, doing it “his” way every step of the way.
Charlie was born at Franklin Hospital in Farmington to Ralph and Olene (LaBlanc) Smith on Jan. 6, 1948, and was raised by adoptive parents, Harris and Olive Bradeen of Canton. He graduated from Dixfield Regional High School in 1967, and later served in the Marine Corps. He worked construction, was a machinist and active welder most his life.
Charlie had a true passion for the outdoors. He loved brook fishing and enjoyed random trips to Grand Lake Matagamon to fish, hike and enjoy life’s beauty. It wouldn’t be uncommon for he and Lorraine to strike cross-country with no particular destination, camping and exploring along the way. Whether it was gold-panning in the mountains of California, digging for sunstones in the Oregon deserts or finding arrowheads in the farmlands of the Carolina’s, they loved the journey together.
Just like the fossil and artifact collections that adorn the walls of his home, he will leave a lasting imprint on the hearts of those that loved him. Charlie will be sadly missed by his lifelong companion and best friend, Lorraine McLennan; children, Sonya Somalis, Otis Smith, Melanie Hickey, Charles “Chuck” Smith II and fiancee, Amy Cote, Audrey Wade and husband, Lee, Heather McLennan and fiancé, Steve Bronish, and Donnie McLennan and wife, Tina; siblings, Clarence Smith, Rene Lee, Scott Colton, Harris Bradeen, Jr., Dottie Abbot and Phyllis Miller; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Olene (LaBlanc) Lee and Ralph Smith; adoptive parents, Olive and Harris Braden; sister, Ruth Parkman; brothers, Larry Smith and Harry Smith; and son-in-law, Ron Hickey.
A burial will be held at a later date at the Birchland Cemetery in North Jay. Many thanks to members of Beacon Hospice for their services and endless support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Charlie’s honor at Beacon Hospice, 45 Commerce Dr., Suite 12, Augusta, ME 04330.