Charles Albert Smith

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010

Homer resident Mr. Charles Albert Smith, 81, died Saturday Feb. 13, 2010, at the Ark of Homer.

A celebration of his life will be held by the Pioneers of Alaska in the spring.

Mr. Smith was born Oct. 9, 1928, to William R. and Alice A. Smith in Duluth, Minn. He travelled North with his family as a young boy to become one of the original colonists of the Matanuska Valley.

"He was raised in the ways of a true Alaskan Pioneer. He grew up helping tend the family homestead and caring for their horses," his family said.

After graduating from high school he worked on road construction and survey crews and helped to survey the original road into Homer. As a young man he went on to become a power lineman, following the trade for many years. In 1950 he was married to his lifelong partner, Beverly Jane Wirz. They built their first house in Anchorage and adopted their son, Michael, in 1958. Purchasing a small homestead, they moved to Homer in 1961, where he worked for the Homer Electric Association for several years.

"Eventually he left linework to become a commercial fisherman and enjoyed many years doing what he came to love the most on the waters of Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay," his family said. "Charlie was an avid league bowler, a recreational golfer and always enjoyed a good game of cards. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Pioneers of Alaska and a 60 year veteran of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, he was an active member of the community and part of a very special group of men and women who truly embodied the spirit of an era."

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife.

He is survived by his sister, Jackie of Palmer; and brother, Jerry, of Anchorage.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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