Natale (Nate) L. Smith

Pawlet, Vermont – Natale L. Smith, 80, passed away at his home in Pawlet, Vermont, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.

Nate was born on Nov. 3, 1941, the son of Lavine B. Smith and Sarah Gaiotti (Smith). In the spring of 1942, the family moved to the Spanktown Farm where Nate and his sister Anne grew up. Nate attended grade school in Pawlet and West Pawlet. He attended Granville High School where he participated in football and FFA, graduating in 1959. He attended UVM for animal and dairy science, graduating in 1963. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

After college, Nate returned home, eventually taking over the farm. After some health issues, he sold the cows in 2005. He started driving a sawdust truck under Nate Smith’s Sawdust. In August, he sold the business due to health issues.

On Dec. 23, 1967, he married Brenda Sweet from Fair Haven, Vermont. They made their home at Butternut Bend in Pawlet. They hosted many Fresh Air Children including Latisha, Cherly, Sakiena and Rachel.

Nate served as a selectman for the Town of Pawlet for 12 years and on the Poultney-Mettowee Resource Board. He was a diehard MLB New York Yankees and NFL New England Patriots fan.

In addition to Brenda, his wife of 46 years, Nate was predeceased by his parents and his sister Anne.

He is survived by his brother-in-law John McHenry; nephews John, James and Justin with their children Jack, Eli, Amelia and Ansel all of California; sister-in-law Sandra Sweet of Wells, Vermont; brother-in-law Reggie Sweet and his wife Joyce with their children Scott, Matt and Andrea; Matt’s children Heather, Rilynn and Rowan all of New Hampshire; numerous cousins including Nate Gaiotti, Edward Gaiotti and Kay Moss; as well as numerous friends including Rich Hulett, who was like a son.

Nate requested any memorial contributions be made to the Pember Library and Museum, the Slate Valley Museum, the Pawlett Historical Society or the Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation.

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