In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
SMITH, Jack Newton - Quietly, after a brief illness, Jack Smith passed away at Pinawa Hospital surrounded by the love of his family. Jack was predeceased in 2001 by his beloved wife, Millie. He is survived by their children, Marilyn (Robert Gregoire) of Toronto, Maureen (Richard Couturier) of Mission Viejo, CA, and Leonard of Winnipeg, as well as by six much-loved grandchildren, Suzanne, Patrick, Jason, Kate, Allex and Anna. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Margaret Smith, and by his only brother, George. Jack was born on September 19, 1919 and spent his childhood living over his parents grocery store in the west end of Winnipeg. During the Second World War, he served for five years with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS TIMMINS. After the war, he worked with Winnipeg Hydro and with the Greater Winnipeg Gas Company until being transferred to Toronto with Northern and Central Gas (Norcen). Jack finished his career in Winnipeg with the Motor Vehicles Branch of the Manitoba Government, and then retired to enjoy country life in Lac du Bonnet with Millie, surrounded by the warmth and humour of her large extended family. Quiet, kind, dignified and loyal, Jack was known to all as a gentleman and a gentle man. He enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing, curling and golf. The greatest, most enduring love of his life was Millie, with whom he enjoyed 53 years of happy marriage and with whom he built a family that included three very lucky and grateful children. As a father, he was second to none, and he will be deeply missed by his children and by family members who were pleased to call him their Pop, their brother-in-law, or their Uncle Jack. Jacks family is extremely grateful for the gentle care of the nursing staff at Pinawa Hospital, for the kindness and skill of Dr. Louis Nel, and for the wonderful staff at the Bonny Vista Lodge in Lac du Bonnet and sister-in-law Olly Campbell, who watched over him so conscientiously during this past year. Funeral services to celebrate Jacks life will be held on Monday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sobering Funeral Chapel, Park Ave. East, Beausejour with Pastor Jake Doell officiating. Friends may view one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Brightstone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lac du Bonnet Regional Library, Lac du Bonnet, MB, ROE 1AO.
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