Gerald O. Smith, 94, of Gig Harbor passed away on October 28, 2020
at Harbor Place with his family. He was born on July 30, 1926 in
Seattle Washington. He grew up in Port Orchard. Joined the Navy in
1943, served on Attu in the Aleutian Islands ironically in a Fire Station.
He graduated from UW with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, later
receiving his Professional Engineering License. In 1950 he joined his
father at Sentry Automatic Sprinkler Company starting his career in
Fire Sprinklers. He retired in 1983. His grandsons represent the 4th
generation of Smiths in the Fire Sprinkler industry.
Both he and his wife Maxine were passionate about boating and
flying. They made 2 three year trips to the South Pacific, cruised the
East Coast through the Panama Canal back to the Northwest and he
made a passage from Buenos Aires to Santiago Chile around Cape
Horn with his friend Alan Buchan. They owned several small
airplanes and he built two, Maxine would not fly in those.
Family was important to him. He is survived by Brandy and Serena
Smith, Suzy Smith and Virginia Evermon and grandchildren Justin
Smith and Jeff Smith.
The family would like to thank Harbor Place for their years of care and
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