Born In: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: May 24th, 1931
Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: October 27th, 2012
In the early hours of October 27th, 2012, Dad went to be with the Lord in Heaven. He fought bravely until the end, as he found it very difficult to leave the love of his life for over 60 years, Marianne, and his family.
He leaves behind his five children: Randy (Brenda), Corinne Smith (Don), Dan, Charmaine, Wayne (Tessa) and the apples of his eye; his three grandchildren: Nathan, Braden and Darin Smith.
He was predeceased by nine siblings and leaves behind his sister Dorothy Hay (Gull Lake, Sask.), Dad continues to be loved by several brothers and sisters in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dad was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, but lived on a farm in the Gull Lake District until he came out to Kamloops with Marianne and her family in 1956. He married his sweetheart in 1958 and resided on the North Shore ever since. He worked downtown in the Service Department at Syd Smith's Automotive for 27 years. He was then the caretaker at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church until a car accident in 1984, which prevented him from continuing to work. However, this did not keep Dad down. It took him over a year to walk again without crutches, and then he would walk to Northills everyday, up until his last days. Dad had always had a very strong work ethic and always kept busy. He enjoyed working in the yard and garden and was Mr. Fix-it, up until the end.
Dad was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He always put his faith and family first. He made many family trips back to Saskatchewan to visit. Dad had the most amazing memory and could give you a history lesson or tell the greatest stories. He would recognize people after many years and would greet people by name wherever he went. Having integrity was very important to him and he believed in the power of someone's word or that of a handshake.
Prayers will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
The Family would like to thank all of the health care professionals who tried to heal him and who helped to make him comfortable during his last days.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to
Kamloops Funeral Home
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