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The Northeast Rockbusters Officers, Directors and members have the sad duty to pass this news to all - that Rockbuster member and friend Don Smith from Barrington NH has passed away. Our sincere condolences to Marilyn and the rest of the Smith family.

BARRINGTON, NH: Donald Manton Smith, 86 died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020.

He was the husband of Marilyn I. (Wilbur) Smith. They had shared sixty-eight loving years of marriage.

Born at Goddard Hospital, Brockton on January 27, 1934, he was the only child of the late Winthrop L. and Helen (Farrow) Smith.

As a youngster, he was a member of the Boy Scouts. A 1952 graduate of Oliver Ames High School, he went on to serve in the National Guard from 1952 to 1960. He was also volunteer fireman in Easton.

Self-employed his entire life, he installed driveways and operated a motorcycle shop as well as plowing for the state of Massachusetts. In 1972 he moved his family and business, D.M. Smith Excavating to Barrington, NH. He also plowed snow for the state of New Hampshire and many clients.

His affinity for antique cars and motorcycles led him to become a member of numerous organizations including the American Truck Historical Society, the Studebaker Club, and International Tractors. He was also a member of the American Legion.

He was a Director of the Northeast RockBusters Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association He and Marilyn were founding members of Antique Truck Club of America-Granite State Chapter, and were the powers that be behind the Barrington Old Truck Meet.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children. Evelyn, wife of Ron Musgrove, Eugene, husband of Rose Smith, Kenneth, husband of Kathy Smith, Donna, wife of Darryl Riley; a daughter-in-law, Shawna Smith, nine grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. He was the father of the late Lawrence "Larry" James Smith, who passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2020.

Donations may be made in Donald's name to: American Legion, Post 114, 731 Franklin Pierce Highway, Barrington, NH 03825.

Visiting hours were on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 at Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Road, Rt. 4, Lee, NH - but were limited to 15 family members only. To sign an online guestbook, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com


Donald Smith presenting the award to Richard McCarthy
This year the Northeast Rockbusters Fred Perkins award was presented to two recipients, Richard McCarthy and Cliff Bridgford, Unfortunately, Cliff was not able to attend the meeting. In the photo we see last year's recipient Donald Smith presenting the award to Richard McCarthy. Richard has spent countless hours at our many shows ready to tackle any repairs need to keep the antique equipment operating. Cliff Bridgford has also spent many hours working and helping out at the shows. You can count on Cliff to arrive at the show days in advance to prepare for the event.

8/15/19 We were pleased to learn that The "Construction Equipment Guide" did a nice story (with photos) on our 2019 show in Concord NH. If you'd like to enjoy it, click here.

Charles Capone bench
The Northeast Rockbusters Chapter of the HCEA have purchased a bench seat in memory of Charles Capone Sr. and other Rockbuster members who have passed away. The bench is located at the Historical Construction Equipment Association Headquarters in Bowling Green Ohio. Thanks to Kevin Maguire, Sam Sicchio and other Rockbuster members for making this happen.

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