Lawrence Alfred Smith

SMITH Lawrence Alfred Passed away May 4, 2004 at N.R.G.H. with his loving wife by his side. Eldest son, born to Patricia and Harold Smith in St. Vital, Wpg. Raised and educated there. Enlisted in the army in 1941. He received his basic training in Brandon, MB, quickly rising to 2nd Lieutenant. It was there he met, and married, Marjorie June Kidd July 28, 1944. Upon his return from overseas, the couple moved to Burnaby, BC. Returning to Brandon for a two week vacation in 1949 they remained in Manitoba for the next 36 years. In 1950, along with his brother-in-law Arney Cornell, the two established Killarney Plumbing & Heating. The latter returning to Brandon some three years later, Larry carried on the business and later on became a consignee for Cdn. Propane. An avid sportsman, Larry played hockey prior to the war, in Grafton, N. Dakota. After the war, he was playing coach for both Minnedosa and Killarney Big Six hockey. He was an officer and member of the Oddfellow and Samaritan Lodges, also the Royal Canadian Legion. Served as Councillor for the town of Killarney for thirteen years. Retiring in 1986 the couple once again returned to BC settling in Parksville. He was stricken with cancer in 1993 and five years ago Alzheimers. Besides his wife of almost sixty years, he leaves to mourn his passing: sons Brett (Cimone), Vanc.; Curt (Linda and only granddaughter Terry (TJ), Killarney, Man.; sister Pat, Vanc.; brother Stan and family, Toronto; Ross and family, Vanc.; sisters-in-law Eileen (Gordon Chamney, Provost, Alta.); Audrey Cornell, Brandon, Man.; several cousins; many nieces and nephews; many friends and an extended family of neighbours; his beloved pets Kali and Lucky. A quiet, gentle man who saw good in all. He will be so sadly missed. He was pre-deceased by his parents, sister Ellcie and only daughter Darlene. No service by request. An afternoon tea in honour of Larry’s memory will be held at his home, 9 Sylvan Cres., May 8, from 2-4pm. If friends so desire, donations may be made to cancer or alzheimer societies. Sleep well dear one. We strolled the lanes together. You’re gone from me, but in my memory, we always will be together.