WINSLOW, MAINE—Samuel Perry Smiley was born in Winslow, Maine on March 5, 1922, the son of Samuel Raymond and Frieda (Knauff) Smiley. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1939 and from the University of Maine (Orono), where he was a member of Theta Chi, in 1943. He served briefly as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve before receiving a medical discharge in November 1943. Mr. Smiley then put his Animal Husbandry degree to work as an employee in the Maine State Department of Agriculture Dairy Division. On February 15, 1946, he married Virginia Marion Strickland. Inspired by a sense of adventure, the two headed for Alaska, which at the time, was America’s last frontier. While there, Mr. Smiley drove a gravel truck, contributing to the construction of Ladd Field in Fairbanks. “Sam and Ginny’s” year in the wilderness furnished them many wonderful memories they would treasure for a lifetime. Back to Winslow, hand in hand “forever”, as they had vowed, the young couple worked their Smiling “S” Farm, tending the dairy cattle, sharing the challenges, the joys, and the sorrows brought by each new season. Mr. Smiley also raised chickens for Lipman Poultry Company for 32 years and for a number of years he drove the bulk truck for Smiley’s Dairy. He honored what he considered his civic duty by serving 10 years on the Winslow Planning Board. He also served as head deacon of the Winslow Congregational Church and was a longtime member of the Masons, Eastern Star, and the Winslow Grange. Though his musical abilities were limited to singing (off-key) in the milking parlor and in the Winslow Congregational Church, teaching his daughters to play an “Indian Love Song” on the piano, and dancing an enthusiastic “Elvira” with his beaming life partner, Mr. Smiley’s creativity found full expression in the house he built next to “Meditation Point”. He regaled his family and even members of the Winslow Grange with his short, humorous “Chestnuts” and his own rendition of “Saturday Night in Dover Foxcroft.” The light of his life went out on March 11, 2011, when Virginia S. Smiley passed away. He faced the darkness with stoicism and courage, took satisfaction in having done his best, and concluded: “We love you. We had a good time and now it’s over.” Mr. Smiley was a loving, loyal, generous husband, father, son, brother, friend who will be deeply missed. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Mary and Mark Rosborough of Ellsworth, Maine; daughter and son-in-law Terry and Jean Lacassin of Ville d’Avray, France; a sister, Sherrill Smiley of Winslow, Maine; 3 sisters-in-law Alene Smiley, Mary Knights, and Leta Young; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special thanks to devoted, caring friends and neighbors and to MaineGeneral HealthReach Hospice. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 at Benton Falls Congregational Church, Falls Road, Benton, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Smiley’s name to the Virginia S. and Samuel P. Smiley Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks must be made out to the order of Winslow High School and mailed to Winslow High School, 20 Danielson St., Winslow, ME 04901.