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SMITH, Leo Joseph

November 13, 1920 – January 9, 2012

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Leo Joseph Smith of Calgary on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the age of 91 years.

He was born on November 13, 1920 in Lundbreck, AB to James and Winnifred Smith. Leo was the 8th of eleven children and was the last surviving sibling. Leo was a veteran of WWII in the RCAF as a tail gunner and worked for over thirty-years in the oil and gas industry. He was an active member at the Calgary Aerospace Museum, Tail Gunners Association and the Nanton Air Museum.

Leo is survived by his five children, Cynthia, Wendell (Susan), Tim (Sherry), Maureen, and Shawn (Danica); three grandchildren that were the light of his life, Bre-Anne, Noah and Caden; sister-in-law Dorothy Bannon; brother-in-law Robert (Pat) Cook; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Leo was predeceased by his wife Audrey in 1973; special niece Donna Schultz; and six nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Leo’s honour may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org or the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca or the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. Thank you to the staff at the Foothills Medical Centre (Cardiac Function Unit) and the staff at the Harbours of Newport.

In living memory of Leo Smith, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Uncle Dody’s passing. We were very fond of him. He will be missed. Sorry that we can’the there, but you will all be our thoughts & prayers. Love Toby Jo

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  2. Susan Wickett :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

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  3. Janice & John Kirkland :

    Cyndy,

    Our condolences on the loss of your Dad, our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

    Don’t hesitate to call if you need anything.

    Love
    Janice, John, Kate & Shelly Kirkland

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  4. To Leo Smith’s Family

    My Heartfelt Sympathy to all. Your Dad was a wonderful and kind friend.

    Sincerely

    Velma Welsh

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  5. Jeanne and Daniel :

    Dear Cyndy, Wendell, Tim, Maureen and Shawn,
    We were very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this time. May you all remember his love and pride in his family and the joy you all brought him over the years. He will be sadly missed.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Jeanne and Daniel

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  6. Sharyn Cassel :

    Dear Cyndy:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this most difficult time. You were very close to your dad and I know he appreciated all you did for him. Know that I have you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sharyn

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  7. Dear Cyndy and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love Deb, Tim and Anne

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  8. Rod and Karen Main :

    We are so sorry to hear about Dodie. We are glad that we got to see him this summer. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

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  9. Kathryn Coppin :

    Your dad (my Uncle Dodie) will be so missed. He loved all of you so.

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  10. Joanne (Paul) Leibel :

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I know your thoughts will always keep your Dad close at heart. Dodie was a wonderful man and knowing him since we all grew up as close neighbors brings back some fond memories. I remember when we were young and we had the skating rink behind us at the park your Dad and mine and other devoted Dad’s would shovel the snow and flood the rink. Now that I’m older I think our parents did that not just out of love but also to keep us outside and out of trouble. I also think your Dad owned a crystal ball, as I married and had my two girls, Tracie and Kim he would always tease me telling me, “Joey (as he called me) the apple doesn’t fall from from the tree! Now I know what he meant, my girls are so much like me! Your Dad had a special smile and always gave that little hug when we ran into each other and took the time to ask how things were going. I truly feel your loss but one thing I know he truly loved and spoke highly of you all. You all did him proud.

    With deepest sympathy my thoughts and prayers are with you, Cindy, Wendell, Tim, Maureen, Shawn and your families. Your Dad and my friend will be sadly missed.

    Love Joanne and my Mom Julie Paul

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  11. Joe and Kathleen Colucci :

    Dear Cyndy, Wendell, Tim, Maureen and Shawn,
    The Smith clan has lost it’s heart! Your Dad was our connection with the past and a voice of common sense in our present. We shall surely miss his conversation (esp. political commentaries),telephone checkups and sense of humor. So sorry we can’t be there to celebrate his life but know he will live long in our memories and prayers.
    Love Joe and Kay Kay

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  12. The Lang Family :

    Your Dad was one of a kind, he was always ready to support you Guys and Gals and alway had something humorous to add to any conversation.He was a great guy and a great Father , you can see it in his Children.

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  13. Claudia & Skip, Halifax NS :

    Dear Cyndy and family,
    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Dad… It was so nice to meet him when you visited Nova Scotia together a while back. Thinking of you, you’re in our prayers.

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  14. Cyndy and family;

    Please know that Carson and I are thinking of you all at this sad time.

    Val

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  15. HILARY & CHRIS ROBINSON :

    THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE
    by HIilary Robinson

    The other side of life
    Is what some call the end
    But for man like the butterfly
    There’s new life round the bend
    The other side of life
    Is a heavenly place
    Where we’ll all walk some day
    In a pure state of grace

    With fondest love and condolences from
    HILARY & CHRIS ROBINSON

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  16. anne and alan caldwell :

    dear tim,sherry and breanne…..i am so sorry to hear about your loss….we are with you in spirit….anne and alan

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  17. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I was away when your Dad passed. If there is anything I can do please call. I will miss your Dad he was a wonderful man. Thinking of your family. Love Laurie [Dr. Nichol and Searles Office]

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  18. Colleen Ouellette (née MacDonald) :

    Dear Cyndy, Wendell, Tim, Maureen and Shawn,
    I was so sorry to hear that your Dad passed away, and send my heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Growing up on Marsden Road was a wonderful experience that includes many fond memories of your whole family. I especially remember your Dad with that friendly twinkle in his eyes! As an adult,I enjoyed chatting with him on the sidewalk whenever I returned home to visit my parents; he seemed genuinely interested in my growing family, and proudly shared the news of what you were all up to. I know you’ll miss him dearly. May you find peace in happy memories and in the knowledge that he is now reunited with your mom.

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  19. Robert (Bob) Evans :

    On behalf of myself and the directors and volunteers at the Bomber Command Museum at Nsnton, I extend our deepest sympathy to Leo’s family and friends. One of the unsung RCAF heros of WWII to whom we owe the freedon we enjoy today! For many years he was a supporter of our aviation museum and a friend to all of us. He will be sadly missed. May God bless all in this time of sadness.

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