March 10, 2019
Loving Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the age of 88. He leaves to mourn his four children Carol Ann (Lari) Schmaltz of Redwood Meadows, AB, Gary (Barb) Smith of Red Deer, Greg Smith of Delburne and Robin (Dallis) Smith of Red Deer, seven Grandchildren Laura (Michael), Michelle (Kate), Amanda (Brett), Adam (Taylor), Jacob, Mckenzie and Keenan, three Great Grandchildren Harlan, Liam and Braylen.
Bob is survived by one Sister Ivy Pattison (Bob) of London, ON and several nieces and nephews. Bob was born on October 14th, 1930 in Blucher, Saskatchewan to Albert and Mary Smith. He married Audrey Jean Baker on June 10, 1953 in the United Church in Stettler, AB. They made their homes in Stettler, Drumheller, Red Deer (41 years) then moving to Delburne to be closer to their community of friends and their favorite Golf Course, Fawn Meadows. Bob had a lengthly career in the plumbing and heating industry.
Bob spent many years playing goal for hockey teams across western Canada including the Flin Flon Bombers, Yellowknife, High Prairie Regals, Stettler Imperials, Drumheller Miners and Red Deer Oldtimers. Bob was also very involved in baseball as the President of the Stettler Imperials Baseball Team and trainer for the Arlington Baseball Team in Red Deer. Bob also spent many years training horses on the thoroughbred circuit all across Canada. Bob passed his love for sports onto all of his children.
Bob and Audrey had a passion for gardening and created a magnificent yard in the Mountview area of Red Deer and loved to spend hours with friends and family enjoying it. Bob also loved to bake, read, play cards and did the crossword puzzle every day. Bob loved his grandchildren and teased them as often as he could and was so proud when he was watching is grandsons play hockey. In his later years in Delburne he would spend hours on his scooter dropping in to visit and socialize with his many friends. Bob enjoyed spending time at the Delburne Arena and donated to kid sports and baseball in providing lockers and uniforms.
Bob’s family and friends will miss his stories, shenanigans, his kindness, humour and his zest for life, he never let any obstacle get him down, a very amazing man. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Audrey Jean Smith, his father Albert Smith and mother Mary Ann Larsen. We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at the Red Deer Hospice for the compassionate care and kindness given to Bob. Our family will be forever grateful. We would also like to extend a thank you to Eckville Manor.
A live wake with Bob was held on January 6, 2019 at the Hideout in Red Deer, which he enjoyed tremendously, thank you to all family and friends that attended. At the wish of Bob there will be no formal funeral service. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Red Deer Hospice, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6, (403) 309-4344.