TUPPER LAKE - Alfred E. Smith, 75, of Tupper Lake, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 at his home in Tupper Lake.
Alfred was born Dec. 18, 1932 in Tupper Lake, the son of William J. and Della Smith.
He attended grade school at Holy Ghost Academy and graduated from Tupper Lake High School in 1951, earning honors in football, basketball, track and golf. He was inducted into the Tupper Lake High School Hall of Fame in 1989 for his records in track and All Northern Team Selections in football and basketball. He also received first team selection to the All Central Football Team. He was again inducted into the High School Hall of Fame for being a member of the 1948 undefeated football team.
Alfred E. Smith
He married Jacqueline Powers of Tupper Lake on Dec. 14, 1952 at the Great Lakes Naval training center in Waukegan, Ill. Alfred served with the sixth fleet in the United States Navy during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Lindenwald LSD6 for four years, attaining the rank of Machinist Mate 1st class. He was honorably discharged on January 12, 1956.
Alfred enlisted in the New York State Police on May 19, 1956 in Malone. He completed his original basic training at the Old Police School in Troy with assignment to Troop B. Alfred served in various capacities throughout northern New York, including in Malone, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Crown Point, Port Henry, Schroon Lake, Elizabethtown, Plattsburgh, Keeseville, Inlet, Long Lake and Indian Lake. He served as Zone 2 station commander sergeant at Saranac Lake. In October 1972, he was promoted to BCI lieutenant in charge of the State and Interstate Narcotic investigations, with offices on Wards Island and the World Trade Center in New York City. In 1974, Alfred returned to Troop B to assume command of Zone 3 of Troop B in Canton. In 1976, Alfred assumed command of Zone 4 of Troop B with headquarters in Ray Brook. In 1978, Alfred was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred to Troop E headquarters in Canandaigua as assistant troop commander in the Finger Lakes region. Alfred worked that area until he had the opportunity to return home to Troop B headquarters, where he remained as captain until his retirement in June 1987.
He is survived by Jacqueline Powers Smith, his loving wife and friend of 55 years; a daughter Ellen Guiney and husband Richard and a daughter Vivian Smith, all of Tupper Lake; six grandchildren: Lindsey Fletcher and husband Matt of St. Augustine, Fla., Tiffany Person of Daytona Beach, Fla., James Person and Kara Matthews of Tupper Lake, Brandon McArdle, attending Union College of Schenectady, Nicholas O'Neill of Tupper Lake, Aimee Guiney of Phoenix, Ariz.; one great-granddaughter, Madison Fletcher of St. Augustine, Fla.; one sister, Sadie Amoriell of Tupper Lake; and one brother, Paul of Adams Center.
Alfred was predeceased by his mother Della and his father William Smith; five brothers: William, Norman, Edward, Leon, and Robert; and two sisters, Hilda Kenniston and Olive Platt.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held at at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with full military honors. Donations may be made in memory of Alfred to High Peaks Hospice. Arrangements are with the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake.