George James Smith, Jr. of Moravia NY, passed away on Wednesday March 21, 2018.
George was born in Auburn, NY on 2/18/28, the eldest of four children. He joined the United States Navy in November 1945 and was honorably discharged two years later. He married Elizabeth Hilliker in June 1948. They were married for 64 years.
George was employed as a licensed electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Union Local 840 out of Geneva, NY.
George was a passionate supporter of the Second Amendment, and was a certified firearms instructor. His moniker, “Six Gun Smitty”, was a source of pride. He was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), and belonged to several sportsman clubs during his life. George traveled throughout the United States, including to the state of Hawaii, to participate in various shooting matches.
George was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother Jackie, his wife Elizabeth, his infant son George James Smith, III; and his brother Robert Smith. He is survived by his five daughters: Donna (Christopher) Smith-O’Connell of Moravia; Christa Harris and Christina Smith (Mark Wellauer) of Auburn; Janet Mulvaney of Rochester, NY; and Valerie (Frank) Walters of Cape Coral, FL.; a sister, Elizabeth Gallardo; seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and former son-in-law Gary Mulvaney.
As per his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Also per his wishes, burial will be private, and will occur at Greensprings, an eco-friendly “green” cemetery, located in Newfield, NY.
Due to his love of animals, the family requests that those wishing to make a donation consider the Finger Lakes SPCA (41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021), the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148), or the National Audubon Society (225 Varick St., 7th Fl. New York, NY. 10014).