Ronald Allan Smith
1934 – 2015
It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald Smith announces his sudden passing on January 12, 2015 at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni at the age of 80 years. He died peacefully with both sons at his bedside. Ron was born July 5, 1934 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. He moved to Port Alberni in 1958 after marrying his soulmate Shirley. Ron is survived by his wife and life-long partner Shirley, sons Roland and William and granddaughters Deidre and Meagan, and many other relatives.
Ron worked most of his life for MacMillan Bloedel in the local paper mill. He was skilled at carpentry and was an outstanding sheet metal tradesman. Always willing to assist anyone who needed help, he lived by the philosophy that “it takes as much energy to be nasty as it does to be nice.” Ron was an avid fisherman and loved to travel with wife Shirley in their motorhome. He acknowledged that life was short with much to see and do, so he made sure to make the time to enjoy life. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, care aides and support staff at Royal Jubilee and West Coast General Hospitals for their care of Ron during his brief illness.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday February 7th, 2015 – 1:00 PM at Yates Funeral Home, 4470 Gertrude Street, Port Alberni, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the B.C. Alzheimer’s Society.
Stories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.yatesfuneral.ca.