Sam Smith III

Samual James Smith III of New Bloomfield passed away on Dec. 30, 2008. Sam requested that there be no formal services but to have a party in the celebration of his life.  Sam was the beloved husband of Linda Smith for 24 years; loving step-father of Jim Bishop and daughter-in-law Lori Bishop; beloved Grandfather of James and Brett Bishop.  He is also survived by many, many, many family and  friends.  Sam was a disabled American Veteran and served nine years in the United States Marines.  His military service included two tours of duty in Vietnam.  In 1988, while on duty in the National Guard, Sam was injured losing the use of his legs.  Sam, even though he was paralyzed from the ribcage down, he worked on the 72vt Modified Race Car from his wheelchair.  Sam was not only an accomplished engine builder, Sam was also a winning race driver before his injury.  We Love You.

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  1. Beckie Ketchum on January 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Sam, You will always be in my heart…Thnak you for being such a special Uncle to my son Jason…We both loved you dearily…Rest in Peace my special Brother-in-Law…Love Beckie

  2. Michelle Cook on January 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I love you and miss you.

  3. Barbara Gates on January 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I Love Ya Sis. It was so good to see you. I’m so sorry that it had to be under these circumstances. Love you

  4. Darcy and Wayne Stearns on January 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Sam was a true competitor and left many friends and memories in New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Linda, we are sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. God bless.

  5. Nicholas Lucas on March 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Rest in Peace Sam. I wish I had know you were so close to my cabin in Upstate. Class of 68 Windham Tech “Automotive”.

  6. Peter Zaklukiewicz on March 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Hi Sam it was great to be with you at Windham Tech from 1964-1968 you were a true car guy. You had the ability and the knowledge to know everything about auto racing. Rest in peace my friend.

  7. Mikey Cuthbertson on June 9, 2019 at 11:34 am

    You will always be missed my vary great friend, the races are different with out your car 72vt your friend Mikey

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