William S. Smead, 71, paint company manager

August 12, 2002

William S. Smead, a former manager for Sherwin-Williams Co., died of cancer Saturday at his Owings Mills home. He was 71.

He had a 32-year career with the paint company, retiring in 1993. He was regional manager for chemical coating finishes for the eastern region, which extended from Virginia to Maine, and district manager for several areas, including Baltimore. He lived in Pennsylvania, Boston and Timonium.

He received many company awards, including store manager of the year, district manager of the decade and, five times, the president's circle of excellence.

He previously worked at Titan Metal Manufacturing Co. in Bellefonte, Pa.

He was active in community organizations in Central Pennsylvania before moving to Owings Mills in 1993. He was president of Weston Condominium Association for seven years until giving up the post recently because of illness. He enjoyed attending Ravens games.

An avid supporter of Pennsylvania State University, he was an honorary coach of the Nittany Lions Club and an associate member of the Alumni Association.

He was born in Bellefonte and, after graduating from Bellefonte High School in 1949, joined the Army and served in the 24th Infantry Division in Korea. He received several military honors, including the Bronze Star and Combat Medic Badge, and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a sergeant.

He was a member of Reisterstown United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 246 Main St., Reisterstown.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret Whipple Smead; a son, Thomas Smead of Medina, Ohio; a daughter, Susan Novotny of Owings Mills; and four grandchildren.

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