John (Smoky) Smith

Born September 2, 1927 Calgary Ab.

Peacefully slipped away November 11, 2015 Arbour Cottage Ladysmith B.C.

He was predeceased by Alicia “Johnnie” Smith, his bride of 62 years, the mother of his 4 children, and follower of his dreams, and his daughter Lisa Smith, and brother Milton.

He is survived by his children: Bill Birdsell-Smith, Charleen (John) Dodworth, Nikki (Gary) Patrickson. Grandchildren Jackie ( Steve) Brehaut, Jennifer (Kevin) Smith, Danielle, and Ashley. Great grandchildren Keely, Skylar, Phoenix, Steel, Lyric, Ocean and beloved dog Teddy.

Smoky was a 40 year veteran of the IWA logging from Lyell Island to Sooke BC, as he raised his family on Vancouver Island… for the most part. He retired in 1991 to pursue his 2nd passion the sea, for 20 years he lived on or near the water. His final retirement in 2006 when health forced him to slow down mom and dad relocated to share Nikki and Gary’s home in Nanaimo. Thus began a 10 year adventure of love and laughter, where friends became extended family, along the way. Nikki and Gary would like to thank “Smoky’s Angels” Michelle Desrochers, Lynn LeGrand, Lynn Chisholm, and Patti Waters, for the smiles and laughter they brought into his life while allowing us much needed rest.

Thanks to the ladies and friends of Nanaimo Travelers Lodge Day Break Program

A special thanks to Arbour Cottage

A service for Smoky and Johnnie will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel December 5, 2015 1 pm. Celebration of Life to follow.


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