WELLSBURG - Family, friends and fellow city officials will remember the life of Wellsburg Councilman Bill Smith Sr. at a memorial service today.
The service will be held at 7 p.m. at West Liberty Christian Church, where Smith was a member. He died May 21 at the age of 67.
Smith served separate terms on Wellsburg City Council as a representative of the city's 4th and 3rd wards. He was appointed in 2008 to serve the unexpired term of the late Julie Caldwell, stepped down when he moved from that ward and was elected in 2009 to a seat representing the 3rd Ward.
Prior to serving on council, he had served as a citizen member of the city's zoning board. While on council, he also served on the water-sewer board and community services committee.
Mayor Sue Simonetti said Smith strongly encouraged upgrades to the city's water and wastewater treatment plants to improve those services for the city's residents and businesses.
"He was very adamant about getting our water quality back to what it was," she said.
Simonetti said, "He was always very dedicated. he took his position very seriously. Any time there was an issue coming up,he would research it thoroughly."
She admitted she and Smith didn't always agree, but he always treated her and others with respect.
A 1962 graduate of Wellsburg High School and navy veteran of the Vietnam War, Smith graduated from Hocking Technical College with a degree in police science and worked for a short time as a police officer in Marietta, Ohio.
A retired lithographer for the U.S. Can Co. of Weirton, he worked part-time with his wife, Linda, at the Steubenville Urban Mission.
He also is survived by four children, two stepdaughters, two sisters, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
His family said memorial contributions may be made to the Urban Mission or the American Lung Association.
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