Obituary of Leslie Smith
Leslie Martin Smith, 84, of Greenwich passed away on March 21, 2017 following a brief illness with his family by his side.
Marty as he was known to friends, was born on March 13, 1933 in Waterford Mississippi. He was the son of the late Luke and Grace(Gallaher) Smith.
At the age of 16 Marty had saved enough money to take a bus to Greenwich, NY to be closer to his brother Jim and his wife Ellie.
At 17 he joined the Army to travel around the country and overseas. He served in the Korean conflict and often said it was the coldest time of his life. After his service, he returned to Greenwich, married Rebecca (Saunders) and started his career and raised his family.
He partnered with his brother Jim at the Sunoco Station in Greenwich, years later purchased the Sunoco Station in Cambridge which he ran for 19 years. He then built Marty Smiths Garage in Greenwich where he worked until his retirement in 1999.
Marty was well known in the community and touched many people’s lives with his warm smile, big heart and great sense of humor. He always had a story to tell. He will be greatly missed by many people.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a daughter Stacy Ann Smith, and brothers David and William Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rebecca (Saunders) Smith; their children Scott Smith, Shayne Smith, Garson Smith and Lincoln Smith; brother James(Ellie) Smith; grandchildren Megean Martin, Ethan Smith, Maggie Rose Smith, Ellery Smith, Alexia Smith, and Gabriel Smith; many nieces and nephews as well as many cousins in Mississippi whom he spoke with often.
Marty loved to spend time with his family, help people in the community, tend to his vegetable gardens , and especially enjoyed playing cards on Wednesday nights with Becky, Jim, and Ellie.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion during Marty’s illness.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Greenwich VFW 63 Abeel Ave. on Sunday April 2 from 12:00- 4:00.
Donations in Marty’s name may be made to the Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad or to the Greenwich VFW Post 7291.
Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich, NY 12834.
Online condolences and messages to the family may be made at www.flynnbrosinc.con