Dave was born on July 24, 1927 in New York City, and passed away March 6, 2009 in Calgary. A bright and precocious youngster, Dave enjoyed a worldly upbringing. A United States Navy Veteran with a BA degree from Harvard University, Dave arrived in Edmonton in 1949. He launched his oil patch career in the land department at Canadian Superior. He went on to co-found and ultimately become sole proprietor of Field Title Service, which became a fixture in the Canadian exploration business. Honest and industrious, he was respected and warmly regarded by employees and clients alike. Dave was popularly viewed as having a powerful mind. He harnessed this intellect with a direct manner and an exceptionally dry wit.
Driven by health issues and a head injury, Dave sold his business interests and retired in 1980. He lived in retirement with his companion Merna Latimer (deceased) and was a resident of Southwood Care Centre for the past six years.
Dave is survived and fondly remembered by his three children, Michael Smith (Jeryl) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Geoffrey Smith (Alexandra) of Rancho Mirage, California and Jessica Abt (Edward) of Calgary. Grandpa Dave is also lovingly remembered by his ten grandchildren Becky, Brian, David, Jennifer, Tanya, Natasha, Jason, Christopher, Nicole and Sarah; his younger brother Jay and an extended Smith family. Dave was predeceased by his daughter Tracy; his brother Ben; and Carole, his wife of twenty two years.
Special thanks to Dr. Mortis, the nursing staff and caregivers of Southwood Care Centre, and Randy Trafford.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W.) on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.Print This Obituary & Condolences