Liberty Fire Company #2 -Mourns the Loss of Rowland Smith
Mon. Dec 21st 2020

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Rowland "Rollie" Smith.  Rowland Smith was a life member of Liberty Fire Company #2 with over 20 years of service.  His passing will be felt by the members of the Bangor Fire Department & the community he had served.  


Rowland K. Smith, 94, of Palm Bay, FL, formerly of Bangor, PA passed away Saturday, December 19th, at Chandler Estates, Pen Argyl, PA.
Rowland was born in Bangor, PA on March 30, 1926, a son of the late Kenneth and Laura (Lobb) Smith.


He was the husband of the late Margaret K. (Kee) Smith who passed away in 2008. Rowland was a 1944 graduate of Bangor High School where he played on the football team. He was employed as a controller for Met-Ed in Forks Twp., PA until retiring in 1988. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II where he was a part of the Invasion of Normandy and the first wave on Omaha Beach on the USS LST-310. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, playing quoits for the Liberty Fire Co. team, swimming, and diving, and was an avid sports fan.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bangor, PA.
Rowland was a past member of the Bangor Elks Lodge 1106, the oldest living member of the Liberty Fire Co. in Bangor, a member of the former Bangor Yellow Jackets Drum and Bugle Corp. He served on the Bangor Boro Council for several years, and while living in Florida he was a member of the former Port Malabar Country Club in Palm Bay, FL.


Rowland is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Melnick, wife of Mark, a nephew D. James Wills, husband of Judy, three nieces Janeen Malavolta, Janet Kindt, and Dorothy Jean Euker, wife of Charles, and many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Carlton Smith and a grandson Michael Eric Zeigler.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at 11 AM at St. John's Cemetery, Bangor, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., "Village of Johnsonville" Bangor, PA. Online condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Michael Eric Zeigler Memorial Scholarship Fund in c/o the funeral home, 4 Lillian Lane, Bangor, PA 18013, Slate Belt Animal Advocacy, PO Box 112, Bangor, PA 18013, First United Methodist Church, 55 N. Third Street, Bangor, PA 18013 or Bangor Public Library, 39 S. Main St., Bangor, PA 18013.

Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home & Cremation Service
"Village of Johnsonville"
4 Lillian Lane
Bangor, PA 18013
(610) 588-2128

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