August 10, 1939 – June 13, 2018
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a dear husband, a beloved father, devoted grandfather, and cherished uncle, Stanley Gerald Smith (Smitty) on June 13, 2018 at the age of 78. Stan was born in Ottawa, Ontario and spent most of his childhood “up the line” in Woodlawn, Ontario.
Stan leaves to mourn, his wife of 58 years, his one true love, Caroline (Carrie), his €children and their spouses, who he was extremely proud of and loved deeply, Calvin (Ella) and Lisa (Doug). Also, his grandchildren, who literally meant the world to him and who he loved dearly, Tyler, Megan (Morgan), Brooke and Colton (Maya), plus many nieces and nephews who always knew how much he cared for each one of them. Stan was predeceased by his three brothers, Walter, Albert and Willie. He is survived by his €brother, Frankie, sisters, Jessie and Mary (Kenny), and other extended family and €treasured friends from the Ottawa Valley. Stan always cherished his memories of the Barr family of Fitzroy Harbour; especially Kevin, Nora Jean (Roger) and Dale (Susan) who dearly loved their “Uncle Butch”.
Stan and Caroline were married in Ottawa in 1961 and moved to the Comox Valley where they lived until 1977.
Smitty was well-known in the Oceanside area where he worked for School District 69, starting in 1977 and retiring in 2003. €Stan was a “man about town” and not a day went by without Smitty greeting former administrators, other staff, teachers and his favourites-former students. Smitty was a proud member of the Oceanside Fish & Game Association. He spent many happy hours with his buddies “shooting at the range”.
Last, but not least, Stan will be missed by the staff and his friends at the A&W. His home away from home, where he enjoyed a coffee, a cheap breakfast, reading the newspaper and solving all the world’s problems every morning of the year-except Christmas!
Caroline wishes to thank everyone who supported her and her family during this difficult time. To the Walsh family, who have been right by our side, your love and support has meant the world to us. Special thanks to Dr. Bigelow and his caring staff who went above and beyond, Dr. Hunter and the caring nurses at Trillium Lodge Hospice where Stan finally found peace after a tough battle with lung cancer. To Dr. Marlene van der Weyde; words cannot express the gratitude and love that we have for you and all you did for Stan and us as a family. He thought you were a “real sweetheart” and he was very fond of you.
There was to be no service by request, but Stan wanted a party to celebrate his life, so it will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Bowser Legion from 1 to 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Oceanside Hospice Society in Stanley’s name would be much appreciated.
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