Gordon Ellsworth Smith

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Gordon Ellsworth Smith

Gordon Ellsworth Smith Gordon Ellsworth Smith, 96, of Mercer West Middlesex Road, West Middlesex, died on Tuesday (Jan. 1, 2019) at Avalon Springs Nursing Home of Mercer.
He was born on April 22, 1922, in Jefferson Township to Russell A. and Cora Davis Smith.
He retired as principal and director of curriculum at the West Middlesex High School in June of 1984.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of West Middlesex and the Kiwanis Club of the community. He was a member of the Mercer County as well as the High School Retirees.
He married Marge E. Nagel in June of 1948; she died March 5, 1990.
Surviving are: three daughters, Barbara (Thomas) Hutcheson of Slippery Rock, Nancy Smith of West Newton, and Susan Capen of Hazelhurst, Miss.; a sister-in-law, Doris Nagel of Greenville; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Thelma Hoovler.
The family would like to thank both the caregivers from Avalon Springs Place and Southern Care Hospice for making Gordon part of their family and for the wonderful care he received from them.
Memorials may be given to the church.

Gordon Ellsworth, 96, of West Middlesex.
Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday (1-3-18) at the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Friday (1-4-18) at the funeral home. Rev. Earl Butterfield, pastor of the West Middlesex United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial: Haywood Cemetery, West Middlesex.
Published on January 2, 2019
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Jan 04, 2019
My deepest condolences to you Barb, your sisters Nancy and Susan! Your parents were always so kind and gracious when I would visit. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and friendship always. Sylvia (Baldowski)
Loren McVay
Jan 04, 2019
I would like to extend my condolences to the Smith family. I had several meetings with Mr Smith in high school, mostly for fighting and being disruptive in class. He always treated me fairly and would do his best to encourage me to made better choices. He always had my respect!
Debi Lewis Benson
Jan 03, 2019
I was in the principals office alot - Mr. Smith was always calling me in to talk about our class. I was class president my senior year and we couldn't get teachers to be our sponsors - our class was too rowdy. I remember defending our class saying that we were such good friends in that we had a lot of fun together. He told me he had never thought of it that way. I always felt that he listened to what I had to say and made me feel responsible. He was fun to tease. He was a good principal and example to me growing up, plus Nancy didn't live too far from me. May your memories comfort you at this time Smith Family.
Marc Bobish
Jan 03, 2019
Condolences to your family Barbara! He was a well respected man and Principal.
Janice Vockroth DeMaria
Jan 03, 2019
Gordon was such a gentle giant and I know my life is richer from having known him. From being my high school principal to working with him at the church, I have many memories. My condolences to you all.
Libby Miller
Jan 03, 2019
Barb, I’m so sorry to see this. Your dad was so sweet. He knew me the last time I saw him and I was so surprised. If he didn’t, he sure gave a great impression of one who did! One of the best compliments I can say about a person is that, he was a good man, and Mr. Smith was a very good man! Keep your memories close and enjoy the good ones. ❤️
Lil Anne Mercer
Jan 03, 2019
Barb, Nancy and Susan, so sorry for your loss. I always thought your Dad was a very dignified and kind man. Prayers to you and your families.
Linda Swartz Multari
Jan 03, 2019
Sorry for the loss of your father Barb and to your family
Chet and Brenda (Byers) Cameron
Jan 03, 2019
We have many memories of "Mr. Smith". Me all through high school and Chet during his tenure on the school board.
Many years after I graduated, Mr. Smith still remembered my name. He was a fine man.
Me. Smith was a great principal and an outstanding human being!!! Rest In Peace!!
Jan 03, 2019