Born in Victoria on March 2, 1944, Don, after a long illness, slipped away peacefully holding his daughter Donna’s hand on February 12, 2016.
Predeceased by his parents, Richard (Dick) and Ruth (nee Shaw) Smith, and his sister, Barbara Kirzinger. He leaves behind his common-law wife of 21 years, Mary Glasgow, and her two daughters, whom he took on the role of Dad to, Kelsey (Joe) Cronkrite and Shelby (Corey) Hustwick. Don is survived by his daughter from his first marriage to Geraldine (Geri) (nee Kelly), Donna (Bob) Thompson and his grandchildren, Claudia and Spencer, his brother, Arthur (Leona) Smith, and his nephew and nieces and their families, his cousins and their families, as well as the “son he never had,” Randy (Arlana) Jamieson and their children who called Don “Santa,” Kaylan and Noah.
Don enjoyed many hours of fishing out on Thrasher Rock catching big bucket mouthed ling cod back in the day. He looked forward to his annual hunting trip, and he thought he would have one more trip in him to go with Randy this fall.
Many of Don’s customers, fellow tradesmen, and his suppliers from over 50 years in the plumbing field, first working for his father and brother and then going onto own Don Smith Plumbing & Repairs, became lifelong close friends.
Everyone who knew him had a story about Don. We hope you will bring yours to share at a Celebration of his Life to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Cedar Community Hall, 2388 Cedar Road.