7/11/2020 – William (Bill) J. Smith, Clayton

Mr. William (Bill) J. Smith, 72, died suddenly on Thursday, July 9th, after being stricken at his home.

There will be a private Graveside Service in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville.

A Celebration of Life will take place in the near future at a time and place to be announced.

Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Bill was born, November 17th, 1947, in Watertown, the son of Gilbert and Ethelyn Walters Smith.

On June 18th, 1968, he married the former Kathy Fulmer at the Clayton Methodist Church.

Bill worked as a farmer in LaFargeville growing up. He then became a Meat Cutter for all the Big M grocery stores in the area until 1990, when he went to work for the Town of Clayton Transfer Site, where he retired in 2014.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, target shooting, root beer floats, watching Syracuse basketball, New York Yankees, and the New York Giants.

Surviving besides his wife, Kathy, are four daughters, Rebecca (Rob) Hoch of Beaver Falls, Rhonda (James) Winkel of LaFargeville, Robin (Ronnie) Kilborn of Clayton, and Renee (Jeff) Smith of Clayton; grandchildren, Chelsey (John), Kim (Johnathon), Tiffani, Lizzie (Forrest), Chasity (Ricky), Jaydn, Nick (Skyler), Austin, Darren, Alexis, Breanna (Devan), Nathan, Heather, Tonya (Anthony), Robbie, Megan; several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he is also pre deceased by his siblings, Wayne (Sandy) Smith, and Karen (Dave) Bourcy.


  1. Bud and Cheryl Gray Posted

    Kathy and family. We are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill was such a great guy. Always ready to help wherever and wherever. What an all around amazing person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Bud and Cheryl Gray

  2. Kristen Vergin Posted

    Such a beautiful soul. I am so sorry to read of Bill’s passing. Love and prayers to his family.

  3. James Fulmer Posted

    Our heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family. He was a great brother-in-law. Always had something to say. Funny, loving, and caring. His family was the light in his life. He will be greatly missed. Love Jim & Terri

  4. arthur gamble Posted

    We are so sorry for Your loss. Bill was always a Joy to run into and he and I would always tell deer stories. Bill was a great guy with a bright peronality. He will be missed. Our deepest Condolences The Gamble Family….

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  6. Margaret Amyot Bullard Posted

    My deepest condolence to the Smith family. Bill and I graduated from La Fargeville Central School School in 1966. He was very well like and he had a great personality. He was always trying to help some one. I was glad to see Bill and his wife Kathy at our five year class reunion five years ago. You could see how much he cared for her and he loved talking about his family. Bill and I became friends on Face book about a year ago. I loved looking at his family pictures and he told me how he liked my family too. Kathy I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained another Angel. Bill will be deeply missed. So sorry. R.I.P. my friend.

  7. Jo Hood Posted

    So sorry for your loss. Bill was such a kind person, who always spoke highly of his family. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to the area, so welcoming and helpful.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  8. JB Kavanaugh Posted

    I was very sorry to hear about Bill. We used to reminisce and talk of old days in Philly. Kathy used to bowl with my mother. Over the years we talked hunting and I would tell him about places I traveled for work. My wife always asked why I took so long to go to the transfer site.

  9. Patricia and Peter Ledoux Posted

    Pete and I are so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. We enjoyed his humor and always a kind word. Bill will be missed by us and the whole community. Our condolences to Kathy and the entire family!

  10. mary green Posted

    our condolences to the entire family… we are so sorry for your loss…Bill was a good man…i loved his stories-always about his family and how much he loved you all!!! take care and god bless.


    Marshall and Mary green

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