August 18, 1941 – November 21, 2013
It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Derek at the young age of 72. Derek was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Stephen and Margaret Smith. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1964 with a Bachelor of Commerce. After graduating, he and his young family moved to Calgary where he commenced training as a Chartered Accountant. Derek was, in 1973, the founding partner of Smith Matthews and Partners which was merged into Touche Ross and Partners in 1986. Derek was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. He was actively involved with Chartered Accountant training and examinations throughout his career. He served as national chairman of the Institutes Board of Examiners from 1988 to 1990. He also served as a member of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants governing council from 1992 to 1998. He was a member of the Certified Management Consultants Association of Alberta and was a member of the board of that Association from 1987 to 1989. Derek was also a member of the Certified Fraud Examiners Association, a US – based forensic investigation group. Volunteering was an important part of his life, and he started young as the manager of the U of S football team. Later, he coached his daughters’ sport teams. He was President of Springbank Park for all Seasons, Treasurer for the planning committee for Westside Recreational Centre, Treasurer of the Unitarian Universalist Church, active member of the Luxton Foundation in Banff and Board member of Fairway Estates, Sylvan Lake. He was a proud member of the Ranchman’s Club as well as the Liberal Party. In 2004 he was the Liberal candidate for the Provincial Riding of Calgary West. Derek will be remembered for his sense of humour, his wonderful laugh and empathy for others. Derek was predeceased by his second wife, Jane, brother Harvey and his parents. Left to mourn are daughters Corrina (Glenn McClement), Cicely (Rob Brown), Johanna (Jay Crocker); son Aaron; grandchildren Cameron and Daniel McClement, Samantha and Rebecca Brown, Theo and Della Crocker; beloved partner Karyn Stinson; sister Marguerite (Peter Neelands); first wife Barb Smith.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Derek Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences