Sam Smith III
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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.