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Rev. L. Alden Smith, 96, Hamburg pastor emeritus

Dec. 28, 1917 – Dec. 19, 2014

Rev. L. Alden Smith, pastor emeritus of the Hamburg United Methodist Church, died Friday in Rochester, where he had lived since 2007. He was 96.

Born in Camden in Oneida County, he was a 1936 graduate of Camden High School, a 1942 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1945 graduate of the Boston University School of Theology.

During his senior year at seminary, he was appointed to a church in East Kingston, N.J., where he met his wife, who was active there.

His first appointment in 1945 was to a parish in St. Johnsville in the Mohawk Valley.

He subsequently served as pastor of churches in Clinton, Rome, Portville, Jamestown and Hamburg.

Upon his retirement, Mr. Smith moved to Rome, but returned two years later to Hamburg, where his former parish named him pastor emeritus.

As a pastor, he served on conference committees, was involved with migrant ministry and church youth camps, served as registrar of the Conference Board of Ministry and was active in community affairs.

An active Mason, he served as a New York State Grand Lodge chaplain to the First and Second Oneida Districts.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and sailing.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, the former Doris Foster; a daughter, Donna Anderson; a son, Stephen; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in January.

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