George Beattie Smith
April 27, 1925 – March 19, 2020
GEORGE “Smitty” SMITH 1925-2020
George Smith (94) passed with peace and grace on March 19, 2020, with his daughters by his side. Predeceased by his loving wife Virginia in 2015. Survived by his daughters Paula Willems and Rebecca Knoble; grandchildren Timothy Smith, Tammi Smith, Matthew Willems, Carrie Casto, Terrence Morrison, Kirsten Schaefer and Gillian Root; great grandchildren Morgan, Georgiana, and Emily Willems, Kelty Morrison, Madison and Kendall Casto, Isabella and Sophia Schaefer, Olivia, Liam, and Emma Root. He was predeceased by his loving son Timothy.
George was born in Medford Massachusetts. During the summer of 1941, George enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps and served at Camp Edwards MA. He continued to be involved in the CCC in his later years serving as President of Chapter #113 and was instrumental in acquiring the Maryland CCC statue at Gambrill State Park. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George left high school and proudly enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 16. He married the love of his life Virginia in 1944. After discharge from the Navy, he began his government career at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland where he worked with the Navy’s test pilots. With the start of space exploration, George transferred to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland where he continued his career until retirement. Smitty was always active in sports. He was an avid softball player and bowler and participated in the Senior Olympics until late into his 80’s.
He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was devoted to helping his family and others in his community.
George will be buried at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors in a private family ceremony. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
- Private Graveside Service with Military Honors
George Beattie Smith
March 23, 2020
Dear Paula, Becki & families,
I am so sorry on the loss of your father, grandfather, & great-grandfather. I will always remember Uncle George as a kind man who loved his family and stayed loyally by Aunt Virginia’s side when she needed him the most. I am grateful that Tom and I had the opportunity to visit Uncle George before they both passed on. He took us on a tour of his favorite local spots & we shared some old memories. Uncle George even reminded me that we share the same birthday (I had forgotten, but he didn’t!).
I will keep him and all of you in my prayers as you grieve the loss of a very special and one-of-a-kind man. He will be missed.
RIP Uncle George,