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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
Phone: (705) 673-9591
Fax: (705) 675-2998
John Smith

John Westbrook Smith

Sunday, October 22nd, 1933 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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SMITH, John Westbrook – born 22 October 1933 in Sudbury; died 4 August 2020 at Finlandia Village, Sudbury at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Jean (nee Vincent), predeceased. Only child of Harry and Margaret (Greig) Smith, both predeceased. Loving father of Valerie (Rob Vincent predeceased) of Oakville, and Brian (Mary), Vicki Jacobs (Chuck) and Lee (Jay Barbeau), all of Sudbury. Beloved grandfather of Emma Vincent Croft (Alex), Allison, Harry, Sidney and Hannah Smith, Jonathan Danyliw (Haley Cassio), Erin Danyliw, and Jessica Whittaker (Brendan Sullivan), all of Sudbury, and Rachel Vincent of Toronto. Great-grandfather of Winifred and Madeline. John grew up at Frood Mine, and attended Lansdowne Public School, Sudbury High School, Scollard Hall in North Bay, the Provincial Institute of Mining in Haileybury and graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in geological engineering. He started his career at Inco in 1959 as a mine geologist and retired in 1990 as manager of the Levack mining complex. If something interested Dad, he threw himself into it with a passion. As a hunter his shots were deadly accurate. He loaded his own shotgun shells. His fishing expertise was renowned, and he tied his own flies. Until about ten years ago, he was golfing 300 rounds a year, including in winters in Florida with Jean, making clubs for himself and others, and collecting stray balls to give as Christmas presents to his children. He was a natural athlete in his youth and maintained his physical strength until his decline. He loved camp, first at Lake Penage, then at McGregor Bay, and spent as much time there as he could. He mourned the losses of his beloved hunting dogs Beau, Jack, Mike and Kate, and his last dog Molly who was a house pet. Dad was always reading, listening and thinking. If asked his opinion on a topic, he would always respond with a well-thought-out answer. We will miss his wisdom. In lieu of flowers, donations to Finlandia Village Sisu Foundation would be appreciated. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home. For donations or messages of condolence, www.lougheed.org
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Suesan Saville

Posted at 04:30pm
Mom (Lorraine Reed) and our family were saddened to learn the news of John’s death. When her sister Barbara Hamilton went into care one of the few photos that she had by her bedside was of long-legged John sandwiched between Lorraine and Barb when they were barely in their teens I would say. Mom and I had spoken of John on our way back from visiting Barb the day before he died. Mom’s visits to the old Smith camp on Penage in her youth stayed with her a lifetime. With John’s passing the Greig clan grows smaller still. Our sincere condolences.
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Mark Tyler

Posted at 11:57am
Our deepest condolences to the entire Smith family.
We share in your loss and know John will never be forgotten.
Mark Tyler & Family
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Carlo Vimini

Posted at 11:26am
Condolences from Mary and I to Valerie, Brian, Vicki, Lee and the rest of the family. May the memories you hold of him be a blessing and provide you comfort.
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Jan Saville

Posted at 07:11pm
I’m so sorry to hear of your fathers death. It’s times like these that having lots of family helps. Take care and keep sharing your memories of your dad.
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Kevin Vincent

Posted at 07:07pm
Uncle John was like a lighthouse. As a youngster growing up in Espanola, I always looked forward to the Smith family visits to Auntie Marnie and uncle Ovidio’s home. Aunt Jean and Uncle John has an instinctive air and way about them that you could feel wisdom without them saying anything. They are wonderful examples for others to emulate and something tells me a Scrabble board might have been pulled off a shelf somewhere up above. Condolences to Val, Brian, Vicki, Lee and the rest of the Smith family.
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