Donate in memory of
- Hither Green Crematorium Verdant Lane Catford SE6 1TP
- 14th Nov 2019
- Funeral Director
- F.A. Albin Mottingham
- Bromley Court HotelBromley HillKentBR1 4JD
- 14th Nov 2019
In loving memory of William '' Bill '' Smith who sadly passed away on 16th October 2019
William Smith was born in Peckham on the 23rd March 1929. He was the eldest of three children and had a younger brother and sister. Bill started work aged 15 in a grocer’s helping his aunt. In 1947 he began two years’ of National Service and was stationed in Egypt for some of this time. Following completion of his National Service in 1949, he was employed by the Ministry of Defence and worked in the Royal Army Ordinance Corps, Woolwich Arsenal and later at an MOD centre in Bickley, Kent as a sheet metal worker. His last job was as a Post Office Engineer working in Central London until he was medically retired.
Bill was interested in military history, the history of ancient Egypt, antique furniture and objects and, over the years, read many books on these subjects. His hobbies included painting model soldiers, moulding chess pieces, rifle shooting, archery, stamp and coin collecting. He was very good at drawing and enjoyed making things from wood and metal for the house and garden.
Bill was married to Margaret and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in March 2019. They have four children, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and another grandchild is due next year.
Sadly, Bill died on the 16th October 2019 aged 90 years. He will never be forgotten and will live on in hearts and minds forever.
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