Calvin C. Smith Sr., 86, executive

September 28, 2006

Calvin C. Smith Sr., a retired construction executive and longtime Worton resident, died of congestive heart failure Monday at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. He was 86.

Born and raised in Chestertown, Mr. Smith was a 1938 graduate of St. Paul's School and earned an accounting degree in 1940 from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del. He attended what is now the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

From 1948 to 1962, Mr. Smith was general manager for Great Oak, a private club and lodge near Chestertown. He also obtained a real estate license and worked in real estate sales.

In 1962, Mr. Smith took a position as treasurer and vice president of David A. Bramble Inc., a Chestertown road building company. He retired in 1994.

A Mason, he was a 50-year member of Chester Lodge No. 115, Chester River Shrine Club and Boumi Temple.

He was a member of the foundation board and a former board member of Chester River Hospital Center, formerly Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital. His father was a co-founder in 1935.

Mr. Smith enjoyed managing his investments and reading the Wall Street Journal daily, family members said. He also liked vegetable gardening and collecting antique clocks and coins.

He was a communicant and former vestry member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestertown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Jean Welch; a son, Calvin C. Smith Jr., and a daughter, Roberta S. Rengarts, both of Worton; a sister, Helen Auer of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

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