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Edgar G. Smith, 71, a retired union painter, died Friday (Oct. 3, 1997) in his Parkview Drive home after a lengthy illness.

Smith was born in Ohsweken, Ont., and had lived in Buffalo before moving to Niagara Falls in 1948.

He was employed as a painter for 40 years with Local 65, International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, until his retirement in 1988. He also had been a union financial secretary.

Smith was a member of Lodge 346, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 917 Boosters.

Prior to his illness, Smith was an avid bowler, hunter, golfer and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Florence Martin; a son, E. Glenn Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga.; two daughters, Helen Price of Belleville, Ill., and Lois Murphy; a brother, W. Graham, and a sister, Barbara Vyse, both of the Six Nations Reservation in Canada; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston.[nfschr]

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