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SMITH, Donald Allen

October 11, 1931 – Mervin, Saskatchewan
July 24, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Don Smith of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the age of 84 years, following a long and well-lived life.

Donald Allen Smith was born at home on Sec 33, Tp 50, Rge 20, W 3rd near Mervin, Saskatchewan, on October 11, 1931; the eldest son of Walter Smith and Gladys Waite. Don and his family moved from Mervin to North Battleford, Saskatchewan, in 1944, where Don was active in the Sea Cadets, the Kinsman Band, various sports, singing in a quartet and choir, and playing for dances. He worked in the farm implement business for five years before attending the University of Saskatchewan, where he graduated with a BSC in Geological Engineering in 1958. During his time at university he participated in various musicals, sports, and student activities.

Don met Shirley Lockerbie at a musical event, while he was attending university, and they were married in 1959. She truly was the love of his life. Upon graduation, he joined Sun Oil as a junior geologist and spent the next twenty-nine years with Sun Oil and Suncor. His job took him to Regina and Estevan, Saskatchewan, Wonowon and Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and Dallas, Texas, with the majority of his career spent in Calgary. Don retired in 1987 as Suncor’s Executive Vice President, where he oversaw all Canadian exploration and production. He thoroughly enjoyed his career. Retirement lasted only a month before he took the position of Vice President Team 88 Services with the Calgary Olympic Committee, an exciting and enjoyable job. This job ceased when the Olympics was done, after which Don and son Dave, also a geologist, had a small consulting company, D-Two Resources, for a number of years.

Don and Shirley loved travelling, and visited over sixty countries and every continent, except Antarctica. For the past twenty years, they spent portion of every year in Victoria, British Columbia, where they spent time with their daughter, Karen, and her family. Don’s family had always been the highlight of his life. He also loved the outdoors, and enjoyed daily walks, golf, and scenic country drives. After retirement, he was an avid genealogist, and researched family history with his daughter, Kelli. He enjoyed fishing, and over the years shared time salmon fishing on the West Coast with every family member. Family was Don’s passion, and he engaged in meaningful and ongoing activities with each person. Don and Shirley arranged a wonderful family trip to Kenya in 2009 to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Don is survived by his loving wife Shirley, their children, Kelli and son-in-law, Doug Taylor, David and daughter-in-law, Emma Smith, of Calgary, Karen and son-in-law, Jeff Smith of Victoria; Grandchildren, Jasper, Finlay, Dylan, Rachelle, Braedon, Teagan, and Aiden; Brothers, Lynne and sister-in-law, Marie, Robert and sister-in-law, Karen; Sister-in-law, Marion Smith; Brother-in-law, David (Orla) Lockerbie; as well as extended family and friends. Don was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Glen.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff and volunteers at Rosedale Hospice in Calgary.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church (1102 – 23rd Avenue N.W.) on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. A private committal of the ashes will take place before the service. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195 or the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, on line at www.salvationarmy.ca, or by phone 403-410-1112. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Don Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Chris Barb Sean Jenn Aitken :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
    at this time.
    Take care and comfort of each other.
    Draw strength from the memories.
    Chris Barb Sean & Jenn Aitken

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  2. Dave, Karen, Jeff and family.
    My sincere condolences on your loss.

    Well done on Don’s obituary. You painted a vivid picture of a life well-lived.

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  3. Dorothy Whitcomb :

    Shirley and Family – our sincere condolences to the entire family at this time of great sorrow. We remember the many enjoyable times we had over the years with your family and know Don will be greatly missed.

    Dorothy, Ira, Ellen and Wyatt Whitcomb

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  4. Jenny Smith :

    My heart is heavy with the passing of Uncle Don but yet relieved to know that he is now at peace. I will cherish the many joyful memories I have of him from childhood and will never forget the abundant kindness and generosity that he and Aunt Shirl have always shown me throughout the years. I’ve been blessed to call such a good man.. Uncle. Every birthday I will raise a glass of red wine in his honour! My thoughts and love are with you all at this hard time & always.

    Much love,
    Jenny

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  5. My condolence for your loss, Shirley, Kelli, Doug, Dave, Emma, Karen and Jeff! I still remembered the time Don and Shirl came to Hong Kong and we around for sightseeing. He was kind and always a gentle smile on his face. I will miss him.

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  6. My heart and prayers are with you all. Have fond childhood memories of the times I met him. Remember he always had a smile on his face. Special man.

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  7. Karen Towle :

    Thinking of Don’s whole family of whom he is so proud. So difficult to let someone go but treasure the memories and Don’s spirit will be with you.
    Regards,
    Karen Smith Towle (Ottawa)

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  8. Brenda Stout :

    Thinking of you with our sympathy
    Paul and Brenda

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  9. Calvin Smith :

    I just wanted to let you all know (in a short note) that myself, Lee and Sarah and Samuel are mourning with you. I loved Uncle Don and will miss him greatly especially at Lefse day.

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  10. Melodie McArdle :

    Hi Emma and Dave and all family! We are sorry for your loss and our hearts love goes out to you and your family at this time. May you feel at peace with his Victory and may he rest in peace and the arms of the Angels! Whenever you need to talk to him, send him your love and feel his presence as he will always be there!
    Lots of love to you all, Angels be with you at this time and always!

    Melodie & François

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  11. Donna Collett :

    To all of you….
    What a loving man he was, his smile in this picture says it all……and FAMILY was DON…and DON was FAMILY! Cherish the memories…….love to you all…..

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  12. Val Carswell :

    Shirley and all,
    This time last year we were at the reunion and Don was part of it from home and we had such a lovely talk afterward Shirley.
    Look how the love of all of you kept him going for a whole ‘nother year! That says something!
    I will remember him a long long time.
    Another one of “Gladys’ boys” who set a bar for us.
    Val Carswell.

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  13. Dagne and Les McMurtry :

    To the entire Smith family – Les and I would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the family regarding the passing if Don. Les has many stories that Dave and Don are a part of. I consider myself very fortunate to have met and known Don as well – he was an amazingly kind man. Please know we’re thinking of the entire family at this sad time but happy memories will NEVER DIE.

    All our love – Les and Dagne

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  14. Leslie Davis :

    Dear Karen and Smith family…my thoughts and deepest sympathy. This was such a wonderful description of a life well lived. xoxo

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  15. Alice and Howard Chadwick :

    Shirley and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time, cherish your memories, and find peace in them, he will never be far from your heart. Love you all

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  16. Barb and Bob Healy :

    Shirley, thank you for the phone call, Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. We are sorry we will be unable to come to the celebration of Don’s life. He was such a great man and I know although it’s a very sad time for you, you are happy the pain is over for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  17. Yvonne & John Bamlett :

    Kelly Doug and Family – we are so sorry to hear about your dad… you will miss him dearly and forever. His suffering has ended, but his memories will live on…

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  18. Barbara Baldwin :

    Shirley,

    Doug and I extend our sincere sympathy to you in your loss of Don. We always enjoyed a visit
    with you both at U of S Engineering reunion functions.

    Doug and Barbara Baldwin.

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  19. Robert Comer :

    Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Sorry we won’t be at the service. Bob and Marg and all of the Comers

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  20. Margie Howard :

    Hello Smith family;
    I am so saddened about the loss of Don. Thanks for sharing him with the rest of us. His incredible wisdom, intelligence, and jovial nature was an inspiration to all who knew him. I am so sorry that I am away and cannot attend the service. Please know that my thoughts are with you and I hope that the love of family and friends comfort you in this difficult time, my most heartfelt condolences.

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  21. Beryl & Doug Stewart :

    Dear Shirley and all of the Smith family,
    We have great memories of Don and of all of your family over the twenty-five years of time shared with our parents in University Heights– such wonderful next-door neighbours!
    May you all find comfort in the many happy memories that will live on in your hearts. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Loken family.
    Beryl Loken Stewart

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  22. Alice Cripps :

    Dear Shirley and family,

    You may recall I worked in the Pyramid offices with Don and son Dave. I will always remember Don as a kind, considerate, calm and gentle man. He obviously lived a full and good life and will be sorely missed by all who love him. Please accept my deepest sympathies at this time of your great loss. May the fond memories you shared together and the peace of the good Lord soothe your pain both now and for time to come.

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  23. DOUG & LINDA CHURCH :

    Shirley and family
    We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I really appreciated Don’s friendship and advice during the time we worked together.

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  24. Simone &Mike Zayat :

    Dear Shirley and family
    Thinking of you in deepest sympathy and great sorrow and sending our condolences on the passing away of a wonderful friend Don : with fond memories at fishing : Always greeting us with a Big smile and a Happy composure. A super conversationist and with a top sense of humour..
    Wishing you strength during this difficult time .
    He is at Peace now with the Angels and our Father in Heaven.
    Love

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  25. Brian Keating :

    What a wonderful man Don was.

    So real. Such integrity. Such genuine interest with all who crossed his path.

    He will be missed by all.

    No doubt these are difficult times for you, but please know that you and your lovely family are in our thoughts. We will raise a glass for Don tonight, and toast to a life well lived.

    We have so many memories of Don, and just a few days ago, I presented a program to a keen audience on whales, with the highlight featuring Don and Shirley petting an adult gray whale in the Baja so many years ago. There were smiles on their faces, drinking in every moment! The audience loved it!

    And of course there is Africa……so many fantastic memories.

    Sending all our love,
    Brian & Dee

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  26. Dear Shirley, Kelli, Dave, Karen, Doug, Emma, Jeff and grandchildren,
    Our loving thoughts are with you and we hope you find strength in knowing how special Don was to so many. Treasure the memories of shared family times and forever know Don’s gentle smile and huge heart will be cherished by all who knew him.
    Love to all,
    Lisa & Dave Ryan

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  27. Kathleen Graves :

    I can speak for all the McClintocks when I say we were so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Our family (8 of us) met Don and Shirley on safari in Zimbabwe many years ago. Roy and I still speak often and with great affection about that trip. So many things made the trip memorable – the wildlife, the beauty of Africa, and the wonderful people we were blessed to share the experience with. Don and Shirley were two of those people – warm, engaging, and enthusiastic. Interested and interesting, Don was one of a kind. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Warm regards,
    Kathleen & Roy Graves

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  28. Virginia & Lloyd Gould :

    Dear Shirley and Kelli, Dave & Karen
    You, and all your loved ones, are in our thoughts at this very difficult time. Don was a very special man and we will treasure many fond memories. Now at Peace. With sincere sympathy.
    With love
    Virginia & Lloyd

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  29. Linda C. Hunter :

    Dear Shirley and family,
    Today is the day you say good-bye to your beloved Don. I could not let the day pass without offering to you my deepest sympathy and condolences. Don was a fine and beautiful man, filled with love for his family and the world. He was caring, compassionate and creative. He was gentle and gracious. I remember so well the celebration of your 50th Wedding Anniversary and the joy the day generated. And I am grateful that, for a time, I was your minister and that I am blessed to call you my friends. May you know that you are held in the circle of my love and prayers. In love, Rev. Linda Hunter.

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  30. Paul Seiferling :

    Dear Shirley and family

    I was surprised and saddened when I read about Don’s death among the obits in the newspaper. I had often thought about you and your commutes between Calgary and Victoria and whenever I spoke with Don, he expressed his joy in the life you had chosen and his retirement years. It was a shock to see it end.
    I will not be able to attend at the service for Don at St. Giles and hence this note to join with you in your sorrow. My prayer list for deceased friends continues to grow and I will certainly add Don to the list. May he rest in peace.
    Paul Seiferling

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  31. Dear Shirley and family,
    I have wonderful memories working with Don and Shirley arranging some of your family travels. Wishing you peace in the memories of the many precious times you have enjoyed together. Sincere condolences, Denell Falk Civilized Adventures

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  32. Elaine Floch Cyr :

    Dear Shirley and family.
    Maurice and I send our condolences to you and family. Each time that we were with you and D on, we could not help but be impressed with both of you together. It was obvious that Don had many interests and experiences that made him a very interesting person.
    Dear Shirley and your cherished family, we hope that in days to come you will enjoy peace and contentment and cherish all the lifelong memories of the times of being with Don

    Fond regards and sincere condolences.
    Maurice and Elaine Cyr

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  33. Brian and Heather Cornall :

    Shirley, our hearts are with you. We have been sharing so many great memories of Don, golfing, attending hockey, sharing Christmas dinner, sharing many dinners. He always had such a happy smile on his face and was so generous with his time! Hope to see you soon in Victoria!
    Brian and Heather

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  34. Vincent and Hilde Beckie :

    Dear Shirley and family , We offer you our sincere sympathy on the loss of husband , father , and grandfather . I was in the class of ’58 with Don . He was always friendly and his accomplishments at the U of S both academically and in the arts were noteable . He was a great addition to our country ! May he rest in peace . Vince and Hilde Beckie

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  35. Don and Fran Gilley :

    Dear Shirley, we were saddened to read of Don’s passing last week. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We remember good times from days past and can celebrate the life of a really good guy. Sincerely Don and Fran Gilley

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