Leonard George Smith

April 20, 1939 - February 29, 2008
Leonard George Smith

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Ted (Leonard) Smith, 68, of Bolivia, NC died peacefully at home on February 29, 2008, with his wife and family by his side.

Ted was born April 20, 1939 in Portland, Maine, and was the youngest of four children born to the late Ernest Albert Smith and the late Clara Phelps Smith.

Born into humble beginnings, Ted joined the workforce early to help out the family. From 1960 to 1979 he was married to Shirley Smith. They settled in Westbrook, Maine where they raised their 4 children. Here he became active in local Democratic politics, and served on the city council for a number of years. He worked for a prominent supermarket, where he quickly became manager, a position he held until 1972 when he decided to go into business for himself. His very successful convenience store “Reddi-Teddi’s” quickly expanded and evolved into an even more successful International Caterers. Ted was not only well-known in Maine, but around the country, for his lobster bakes. In 1989, he
sold his business and retired to Naples, Maine. Not long afterwards, he realized that retirement wasn’t for him, so he started his second catering
business, Lake Region Caterers. In 1997 he retired again and relocated to Brunswick County, North Carolina, where he volunteered his time to various
organizations in the area. He was an avid golfer, and was well known in several communities for catering casual gatherings and community events. He married his
partner of nearly 5 years, Suzanne Furr, on December 16, 2007.

Ted is preceeded in death by his brother Ernest, Jr. and sister, Marion Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; son, Stefan (Leonard, Jr.) of Prague, Czech Republic; daughter Deborah Smith Marez and her sons Eluid and Emile, of
Bolivia; daughter Diane Hill and her husband Charlie of Pearce, Arizona, and children Kevin and Ariana; daughter Denise Smith of Portland, Maine, and her daughters Kira and Arielle; and sister Barbara Cook, of South Portland, Maine.

A memorial service will be held at Concord United Methodist Church, 147 Southport-Supply Road/Highway 211, Supply, NC on Thursday, March 6, at 3:00 pm.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Concord United Methodist Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099

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  • March 04, 2008
    Norman and Betty Rust says:
    To the Smith Family We are saddened to learn of Ted's passing. We worked with him on Meals on Wheels program both in Bridgton and Sebago Maine for a year. He was wonderful, caring kind man and served our Seniors in the region well. We also enjoyed his lobster bakes with Lake Region Caterers. May God bless you in the days ahead..know that one there you and he will be reunited. (See John 14). Love Rev Norman and Betty Rust Rust

  • March 04, 2008
    Tom & Cherie Scanlon says:
    We will truly miss the freind that was always there for us.

  • March 04, 2008
    estelle stirk says:
    i knew ted along time ago.... he was the best cook and had the greatesr personality! he will be missed

  • March 05, 2008
    Rev.DanaBeth Wells-Goodwin says:
    The congregation of the North Sebago United Methodist Church mourns the loss of Ted Smith. Both his personality and his cooking skills contributed so much to us. I can still see him in the kitchen, stirring a huge pot of beef stew with a wooden plank. To Suzanne and all the family, our prayers are with you and we will see you in April. And Ted, have a great reunion with Allan and tell him we love him!

  • March 05, 2008
    Ron, Trish, Molly and Andrew Shaw says:
    We are mourning the loss of our dear friend, Ted. He was a great influence in our lives. Grampa Ted to our kids, second Father to us. Always a smile and a hug for us, good advice when needed and certainly good food! We are so glad for the life he made with Suzanne. Golfing, boating, entertaining friends and family, travel. All that hard work sure paid off in retirement!! Our sympathy to his family, especially to Eluid and Emile, his grandsons, and his daughter Debbie. We saw the joy the boys were in his life. Till we meet again--Ron, Trish, Molly and Andrew