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Allen L. Smith

February 23, 2020

Allen L. SmithAllen L. Smith, 88, of Watertown passed away Sunday morning, February 23, 2020, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Al was born in Watertown on May 25, 1931, son of the late Herbert L. and Doris E. Quinn Smith. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1949 and received his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1954 in Agricultural Finance. He married Martha M. "Marty" Maine in Carthage on April 23, 1955. After his marriage he served for two years in the US Army as a 1st Lieutenant.

Al began his career with the National Bank of Northern NY, now Key Bank, in May 1957. He retired on February 1, 1991 as President of the Northern Region, where he was responsible for 31 offices in several counties. He served as chairman and a member at large for the NYS Bankers Assoc.

Throughout his career, he received many awards, of which he was very proud. Some included a Watertown Honorary First Citizen Award from Mayor William Lachenauer in 1963 and again from Mayor Theodore Rand in 1974, a North Country Citation from St. Lawrence University in 1991, a Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year Award" in 1993, and the Israel A. Shapiro Award in 1992.

Al was a charter member of Little Kildare, Inc. on Carry Falls in the Adirondack Park where he enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, and boating with family and friends.

He was very civic minded and showed his love and commitment to the community and environment through active participation and holding officer positions in numerous organizations/boards in the Watertown and Massena areas. These included chambers of commerce, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, AUSA, JCIDA, WPBS, ANCA, and NY Fish and Wildlife Management and Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.

Along with his wife, Marty, Al is survived by his sister, Jean A. Smith, Altamont Springs, FL, his sisters-in-law Pat Patchen, Depauville and Rose Maine, Carthage, numerous cousins, and 91 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Sandra E. Smith, sisters-in-law Helen Ormiston and Lucy Nunemaker, and brothers-in-law Jack Smith and Harold Maine.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Wednesday, February 26, from 4 - 7 PM. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, February 27, at 9:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at St. Patrick's Church at 10 AM with Fr. Christopher Looby, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Al's name may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 123 S. Massey St., the NNY Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., or JCC Foundation, attn. Martha Smith and Anne Chase Maine Nursing Scholarship, 1220 Coffeen St., all in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#9 Bruce Rippeteau 2020-04-27 12:30
Dear Marty, Just talking with Tom Walker and I asked about Al, and so learned of Al's passing 2 months ago. It is the end of an era for me, as your husband Al helped get me in to Cornell many years ago, was a great friend of my Father Darrel per se and via the NBNNY, and in the last several years, Al came to our home in Cape Vincent several times for my men's luncheons. Condolences to you and your Family! Hoc sic transit gloria mundi! --Bruce Rippeteau (From Lincoln, Nebraska)
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#8 Kay Woodruff 2020-02-26 12:42
Marty, I was saddened to read that Al passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you. George always spoke highly of Al, and the fact that Al hired George to work at the National Bank of Northern New York. They both had the same work ethics and goals for the bank.
Kay Woodruff
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#7 Jim Lettiere 2020-02-26 10:11
We were so sad to hear of the passing of Al and will miss seeing him at Kildare Love Jim and Jeanette
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#6 Steve Pierce 2020-02-25 15:31
To Marty and the Smith family, I am saddened to hear of Al's passing and Cindy and I will pray for your peace. Having worked with Al at our Bank I know his legacy. I was honored that he and Marty attended my retirement and so may people were helped professionally by his example, guidance and leadership. He gave so much to the community as well. Rest in peace Al, and God Bless the entire family.
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#5 Pattie Schreck 2020-02-25 14:11
I worked with Al for many years at Key Bank. He was a true North Country person who was always eager to help people. Al was hardworking-fai r and gave much time to many organizations that he was involved with. Our community has lost a good leader and community statesman. My prayers are with Marty and his family during this sad time..
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#4 Laurie Remus 2020-02-24 19:24
I was so sorry to hear about Al’s passing. My late father in law and late husband, Dan and Tim Sullivan, so respected and loved the company of Al and Marty. I was very fortunate to have met them a few times. My heart goes out to Marty... may the memories of the good times soften the sorrow for her.
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#3 Martha Cook Howard 2020-02-24 18:48
My heart is heavy for you!!!!! The North Country has lost a great man in Al as have you and your Kildare Family. Wish I could be there in person but please know I’m holding you close in my heart through thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
The other Martha xo
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#2 Susan & Allen Benas 2020-02-24 15:14
Marty: Susan and I extend our deepest sympathy. Al was a great fellow and friend of our business down through the years. We appreciated his help when we began and as our business developed and especially in having you as dinner guests at the Inn. Allen & Susan Benas
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#1 Bud Cole 2020-02-24 14:40
Martha: My deepest sympathy goes out to you and all of Al's family and friends. Al was a dear friend and I enjoyed our times together competing on the bowling lanes.He was always a gentleman and a good sport. I am so sorry to hear this news.
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