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Donald Smith, precision machinist, auto enthusiast June 14, 1928 -- Aug. 4, 2011

Donald D. Smith, a longtime Alden resident, auto fancier and retired machinist, died Thursday in Heartland of Clarksburg (W.Va.). He was 83. Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., Mr. Smith moved to the Buffalo area with his family as a youngster and graduated from high school in the Buffalo School District.

A Korean War-era veteran of the New York Army National Guard, Mr. Smith served with the 174th Infantry and rose to the rank of sergeant.

A precision machinist, Mr. Smith worked for Manhasset Tool & Die Co. in Lancaster and retired from Leipler Industries Inc., East Aurora, in about 1990. He also operated a clock repair shop out of his home on Townline Road.

Mr. Smith exhibited and competed in many Western New York car shows, and was especially known for his Invicta, a 1955 reproduction of a British roadster that he designed and built himself. He also founded the Unique Motorcar Club.

He was a supporter of the arts in the Lancaster area and a keen fan of classical music.

In recent years, he moved to West Virginia to be with family.

His wife of 63 years, the former Betty Balasz, died in 2010.

Survivors include three sons, Daye M., Glenn B. and Kim F.; and a daughter, January L.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Ford Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Bridgeport, W.Va.

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