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SMITH, Duane Harold

November 11, 1945 –Wiarton, Ontario
June 20, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Duane Smith on June 20, 2018 at the age of 72 years in Calgary, AB. Duane is survived by his loving wife of 45 years May (nee Leong); his daughter Natasha (Travis) Rowden and son Nathan. He also leaves behind two grandchildren that were the absolute joy of his life, Reese and Tate; and will be dearly missed by a network of friends and colleagues, not to mention several local coffee establishments that have lost a valued customer.

Duane was an only child growing up in Tobermory, Ontario where he was the son of a craftsman/fisherman/parkguide and a school teacher. He met and married his wife in Vancouver and later moved to Calgary where they settled to start a family. Duane found great satisfaction in his career as a butcher and union representative as getting food to people and making personal connections brought him immense joy. He will be remembered for his boisterous laugh and eagerness to help.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the care team at the Foothills Medical Centre for their expertise and compassion; and also encourage those who are able and willing to consider a donation to the Canadian Blood Services.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with a Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Afterwards the family would like to extend a reception invitation to family and friends in attendance. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Duane Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. My sincere sympathy to May and the children & grandchildren of Duane. He was a friend who I enjoyed getting together with when I was in the city.
    His laughter will be remembered.
    I am so sorry to hear of his passing. His positive attitude kept his hopes up for that 80th birthday he truly planned for.
    Condolences, Ferne

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  2. james leong :

    We feel so bad that Duane left us much earlier than we like. Very sincere condolences
    to May, Natasha and Travis, Nathan, Reese and Tate. Duane was much loved
    by those who knew him.
    From Stella and Jim and families

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  3. Louise Craig :

    Duane was a good friend and advocate of all. His compassion , caring , smile and deep laughter will be missed by all that knew him.
    On behalf of myself and all his Union brothers and sisters we offer our deepest condolences to the family.

    Lou Craig

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  4. Leila Rouhiainen :

    I was so very sad to hear the news of my friend Duane’s passing. My heart goes out to you all at this very difficult time. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Duane was a very helpful kind man with a very unique and easily recognized laugh!!!! My thought are with you all❤️

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  5. I was crying when I knew Duane had passed away! You were my role model and the great person I have never met! I am going to miss you forever! Thank you for came over to give me a hug every single time since you were in hospital!

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  6. julie smith :

    I realize this is late as I just heard the news that Duane passed away. My heart goes out to May, Natasha, Nathan and Reese and Tate. I enjoyed re connecting with Duane through email and facebook over last few years. We have fond memories of Duane growing up in Tobermory and meeting May after they were married.
    Love Julie Smith and my siblings Susan, Jan, David (cousins of Duane).

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  7. Holly (Smith) Dunham :

    Very sorry for your loss. I am a second cousin to Duane, grand daughter of his Uncle Dode Smith

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  8. Toni and John Fludder :

    We are sorry for your loss.My name is Toni(O’Connor)Fludder.
    Duane and I where first cousins and spent most of our time together as children
    together in Tobermory.Uncle Lloyd,Duanes’s father was a great “craftsman”as
    he alone built my mother a sailboat when she was sixteen and she sailed
    around Tobermory channels regularly.
    Unfortunately in the recent past I have seen Duane only a few times at funerals and some wedding.
    My husband John and I will think and pray for your family at this most difficult time.

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