Donald B. Smith

Donald B. Smith 96, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021. He was born in Charlton, NY on May 31, 1924 to Elmer and Reba Smith. Don married Margaretha Christensen on June 2, 1946 and they moved to Galway in 1953 where they raised their family.

Don worked for the Galway Central Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1986. In 1953 he joined the Galway Volunteer Fire Co serving his community for 45 years and as Fire Chief for six years. Don was a 69 year member of the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church. In his younger years, Don was a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid gardener and could make anything grow.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaretha. Don is survived by his daughters Donna Jourdanais (Bill), Dawn Wood (Ron), and Johanna Nichols (Pat); grandchildren BJ Jourdanais, Renee Jourdanais, Jeremy Wood, Nicholas Wood, Bryan Wood, Joshua Nichols and Sean Nichols; great grandchildren Taylor, Amelia, Kaelyn, Connor, Raegan, and Quinn; brother Herbert Smith (Carol), and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, April 15 at the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Road, Charlton. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Charlton. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, April 14 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church or the Galway Volunteer Fire Co.

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The Members and Officer's from the Saratoga County Firematic Officer's Association wish to extend our condolences to Don's family and to our brother's and sister's at Galway Fire Department.

Tom D in SC

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for Don’s passing. Though it has been many years since I’ve left, I still remember your family and Galway. My thoughts are with you all during this sorrowful time.
Tom Denison


I have so many memories of your Dad and Mom. As I was reading the obituary I found myself saying, I remember him doing that. So sorry for your loss!