Wayne M. Smith

August 17, 1945December 12, 2017
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Wayne M. Smith, 72, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on December 12, 2017. Wayne was born August 17, 1945 in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of the late, Myrtle Voorhees Smith and Harry D. Smith. After graduating from Washington High School in Washington, NJ, Wayne joined the US Army, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. On return to the states, he was active in the Army Reserves. Later he was employed by SI Handling Systems in Easton, PA. While here, he worked as an Installation Field Superintendent of various automated systems. This took him to many parts of the US and Canada as well as some worldwide installations. After many years of travel and time away from family, Wayne decided to pursue another dream and the family purchased their current farm in Watkins Glen. Here Wayne enjoyed raising a variety of animals and working the fields. He also found time for his enjoyment of antiques and collectibles, which included antique gas engines, farm equipment and household goods and tools. Ever the thinker and designer he was always figuring out new ways to make something work. It was on the farm and in his workshop that he spent the remainder of his days. Always cherishing our freedom that he and many members of his family served to protect, the 4th of July was always important to him. He began an annual Independence Day party that over the years grew to include dozens of friends, family, and neighbors. He was saddened when disease and hospitalization cancelled last July’s event. In addition to his parents, Wayne was predeceased by his brother Harry C. Smith and nephew, Capt. David M. Smith, USN. He is survived by his spouse, Patti Smith, children, Kevin (Liz) Smith of Horseheads, Kristy (Randy) Thorpe of Watkins Glen and Sherri (Scott) Tapp of Hackettstown, NJ; his grandchildren, Kambrie and Kaylee Thorpe of Watkins Glen and Noah Tapp of Hackettstown, NJ; as well as several nieces and nephews. A gathering to celebrate Wayne’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 from 6 to 8pm at the Haughey Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. In recognition of his service Military Honors will be held at the Funeral Home at 6pm. Those wishing to remember Wayne may make contributions in his memory to any cancer or Veterans organizations of one’s choice.


  • Gathering to Celebrate Wayne's Life Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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December 16, 2017

Dear Patti,
Please know that I am thinking of you. Although I never knew Wayne himself, you are one of my favorite people. Take care and know you are in my prayers.
Bettylou Pearsall

December 16, 2017

Patti, Kevin and Kristy, we are sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed visiting with Wayne at the ice cream business, he surely liked to talk. Sorry we can't be there - sending hugs.
In deep sympathy,
Lee and Peggy

Laura Bingell

December 15, 2017

I am very saddened for us all. Wayne will be greatly missed. Friends and neighbors will most definitely feel his absence on the 4th of July. I am so glad that I had an opportunity to get to know him, at least a little. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Laura Bingell

Robin & Jeff DRake

December 14, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss, we always enjoyed listening to all of Wayne stories. Wish we could be with you all to celebrate his life. Hugs to everyone
Uncle Jeff & Aunt Robin