Brenda Margaret Anne Smith

June 24, 1951 to November 18, 2017

Obituary

Smith, Brenda Margaret Anne (nee Crowley) – June 24, 1951- November 18, 2017 – Passed peacefully away surrounded by her loving family on November 18, 2017. Leaving with fond and loving memories her husband Wayne; her daughters Laura (Paul Power), Anna (Cerith Wong) and Megan (Tobie Comtois); her adored grandchildren Alexander, Katie, Isaac, Brendan, Émile and Joseph; siblings Patrick (Loly) Crowley, Joanne (Bill) Assini, John (Pam) Crowley and Sheila Crowley; sister – in-law Gail (Alan) Bell and countless loving and loyal friends. Predeceased by her sister Kathleen Crowley and her parents Joe and Anne Crowley. She will be forever remembered as the best wife, Mom and Nanny. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 21st and 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, November 22nd. Funeral service on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. from the Carnell Memorial Chapel. lieu of flowers, donations in Brenda’s memory may be made to Daffodil Place.

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Visitations

2-4 p.m. on November 21, 2017

7-9 p.m. on November 21, 2017

2-4 p.m. on November 22, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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funeral

11:00am, Thursday November 23rd

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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I was so saddened to hear of Brenda’s death. I knew Brenda many years ago through our work in Special Education, and remember her kindness, warmth and professionalism. Happily, I ran into her again a few times this year, and we always enjoyed sharing stories of our children and grandchildren. The last time we saw each other was at a show at the LSPU Hall this summer. She was such an important part of her daughters’ and grandchildren’s lives. My heart goes out to you all,

Dear Wayne and girls and Brenda’s siblings,
Brenda and I spent long hours together when in high school. We were always in the same class and had similar interests. We lived close (the Greene’s were on First Avenue) so we walked home together most days and spent time in each other’s homes – such fun days of our lives. Brenda always excelled in school and had a love of learning but never lauded it over her classmates and remained ever popular with her kind spirit and quick smile. We reconnected for a while when she and Wayne and the girls moved to Barrhaven for a couple of years and my husband Robert and I were in Ottawa. Unfortunately we lost her again to the draw of St. John’s so we have only met from time to time in latter years when I have been home on visits. Now I have lost her forever. I am very saddened but so glad for the joy of our friendship over the years. My love to you all.

Dear Wayne, Laura, Anna, Megan and your families,

Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts at this difficult time. Brenda was a true lady, full of warmth and kindness. I have many fond memories of the times our families spent together over the years. Sending all my love,

Dear Wayne and Family — we have just received the sad news and so very much regret that we have missed the visitation and funeral observances. Please know that we have been thinking about you all over these past months. Sending fondest thoughts as we remember Brenda’s lovely presence and our deepest condolences on your great loss.
Norm and Linda Whalen

Smith Family,

We are so saddened to hear of Brenda’s passing. The moments we spend with Brenda are cherished memories. We can still see the smile on her face as we entered the house for Christmas and the joy she brought to all. We send you our love and thoughts.

Stephen and Kristin Nash

Megan and Family,
Dear Megan,
We are so sorry of your mother’ s passing. Even though we did not Know her, We share your sorrow in this painful moment. My husband, Claude, joins me to offer you and your family our Sincere Condoleances!
Josée (Nancy’s sister) et Claude

Wayne and Family,
I am so sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. I am sorry I cannot visit you all at this time as I am in NB. Brenda was such a kind and loving person. Wayne would be so upset if he were here. He had such respect, admiration and affection for Brenda.
Sending my condolences to you and your family. May your many memories comfort you at this time.

Laura, Paul, Anna, Meg and Mr. Smith, I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Smith’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, Mary Beth Bursey

Laura, I was deeply saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. Praying that you find the strength you need to face the difficult days ahead. Cherish all the wonderful memories that you have of your mom and hoping those memories bring you comfort at this sad time. Thinking of you, Paul and the kids.

Wayne and family, John and the Crowley family; we are very sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Our sincere condolences are extended to all of you at this difficult time. We are unable to visit with you as we are in Nova Scotia but please know our thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Allan and Cheryl Corbett

So very sad to hear of Brenda’s illness and passing. We will always remember her joy on the ski-hill and love of life. Sincere condolences,
Charlie, Bridget and Joy McCarthy

‘Wayne, Laura, Anna, Meghan and families. I was so sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and was always upbeat. I always enjoyed our conversations during her dental visits. She always talked lovingly of you all. Your memories, I am sure will be always be with you. Sorry I was unable to visit during the wake due to previous commitments. My condolences to all of you at this difficult time. May God grant you peace and understanding during the coming days and weeks. God Bless. Sincerely, Bob Furlong

Sheilagh and family:
So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Wayne and Family
Sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing.
Sincere condolences.

I grew up with Brenda and her family. I was a neighbour. My memories of Brenda are very positive. She always had a smile on her face and was quite sweet. I am so sorry for your loss. She was taken too soon. My thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Cathy Davidson (nee: Vivian)

Wayne and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

I was so very sorry to read about Brenda’s passing. After many years of not seeing her, I bumped into her and some of her beautiful grandchildren, a while ago, at the Rooms. It was so wonderful to see her . She was as I remembered, warm , friendly and chatty. Such a lovely person and such a great a great loss for you all.
My condolences to the whole family.

Wayne and family

So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. My condolences to all of you.

Laura Phillips

Wayne, Laura, Anna & Meg

So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Just a note to let you know that you are all in our thoughts.

Mike and Jill

Wayne and family:
Very saddened to hear of Brenda’s passing. Good memory of you both at Trinity. I had the privilidge of working with Brenda at Virginia Waters School back in the 80’s. She was such a professional and dedicated leader. Sincere condolences.

Wayne, Laura, Anna, Meghan and families,
So sad to hear about Brenda’s passing. She was a wonderful person, loved and respected by her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May all your beautiful memories help you through this difficult time and in the days ahead. She certainly will be missed.
Brian & Sue Wade and family

So sorry to hear . I visited just a few summers ago, first time in a long time and it was so nice ti see Brenda . My condolences to all the family, she was truly a great lady .

Dear Wayne and family,
I was very sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. It is impossible to find the words that can ease your loss and pain. I don’t believe any of you would know me but Brenda was my date on at least two occasions for dances while I was a student at Gonzaga. I moved to Toronto at the end of high school. We spoke a couple of times during visits home but we sadly fell out of touch. A beautiful, warm, sweet and very understanding soul. She will truly be missed.

Wayne,Laura,Anna,Megan,

We were so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. May all the good memories and sincere best wishes from family and many friends comfort you and your family during this most difficult time. The comments and best wishes are a tribute to the kind of person Brenda was and the life she lived..A wife,mother and Nanny very much loved and respected.

Ron/Brenda Tobin and family

Wayne and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I will treasure the memory of her smile and generous heart. She was truly a gracious soul.
Sincere condolences,
Yvonne

On behalf of Clyde, Adrienne and Dave, and myself, I would like to say how sad we are to learn of Brenda’s passing. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family.

To Wayne and Family
My thoughts and prayers go to your entire family on the loss of such a loving person. Brenda was a mentor for me when I first began teaching special needs students in 1983 .. Her patience, insight and generous smile are forever etched in my memories, as no doubt in your minds as a mom, wife and nanny.
Regrds
Deborah Pinto

Wayne and Family
So sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Please know you are in my prayers.
Sincere condolences.

Sheila,
So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Please accept my deepest condolences, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Wayne and Family

I am very sorry to see that Brenda has passed away. Please accept my condolences.

Wayne,
I was very saddened to learn from Carol Nesbit of Brenda’s passing. I have fond memories of Brenda from our days working in Special Ed. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.
With sincere sympathy,
Helen Karagianis

Wayne,
Very sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. My condolences to you and all the family.

Wayne and family,
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of loss/grieving.
Brenda was a beautiful person and her family was her life.
I am thinking of you all and hope in time you will find the strength to move forward. Your mother will always be with you.

To Anna and Family,
Thinking of you at this time-recognizing the emotions and transitions you, your husband and children are making. My thoughts are with you as you move through this period.
Ean Parsons

We were so sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. She was many wonderful things but most of all, an incredible mother and grandmother. Laura, Anna and Meg had an excellent role model and so she lives on through them and the grandchildren. We toasted Brenda last night with an Argentinian malbec! Our thoughts are with you all.l

Dear Wayne and family,
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel at the news of Brenda’s passing.She was such a beautiful person who fought such a hard battle.We hope the esteem in which she was held by all who knew her will provide some measure of comfort for you all in the difficult days ahead.Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

So very sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. She was my Director during my time at the Department of Education in the early 2000s. I have so many fond memories of her. She was supportive, energetic, and a strong advocate for students. We dealt with many difficult situations as well as shared many laughs. I will remember her as a strong woman with a zest for life. She loved you all so much. Sincere condolences.

My sincere condolences on the loss of Brenda! She was a fine lady to work with and I had deep respect for all the work she did on behalf of children with special needs! With deep sympathy Mary and Robert Kelsey

Thoughts and prayers for the family during this time.

Wayne So,sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Sincere condolences to you and family.

Wayne and Family,
Words are poor vehicles to express our heartfelt sorrow at Brenda’s passing. Be comforted by the many wishes of condolence and the memories of her. Blessings to you and your family.

What can I say? Our families go back forever. Brenda is finally at peace and you will eventually focus on that. Love to you all.

Wayne and family,
So sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

I am very sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. I worked with Brenda in the Department of Education and have many fond memories of her. She was a very intelligent person and extremely hard worker. She spoke often about her family so we got to know a lot about her beautiful daughters and husband. She loved you all so very much. Take good care and God Bless you all!

Wayne and family,
Paul and I were extremely sad to hear that Brenda had passed away. When I first met Brenda in the late 60’s, I immediately thought she was one of the nicest people I’d ever met. She was one of those “genuine” people, warm and funny, with a great smille and a huge enjoyment of life. In the years since then, it was always great fun to get together with both of you at the annual DBS dinners. We’ll always miss her. Hugs to you and the girls.

Wayne and family, please accept our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences. Brenda gave us the hope, inspiration and courage to stay positive while living each day. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a kind and beautiful person who inspired many. May her eternal rest be peaceful.

Dear Wayne and family,
Very sorry to hear Brenda’s passing. There are no words that can ease your loss and pain. Brenda will always be remembered in our minds as a gorgeous, most graceful, soft-spoken, smart and caring person.
Her smile , her gentle voice will stay with us all.
Amy and Ray

Wayne my heart is broken. I will always remember Brenda with her huge smile and her keen interest in what was happening with me and the girls. We are now kindred spirits who have experienced the same sadness on life’s journey. The darkness eventually lifts and the sun will begin to shine once again. Peace to you.

No one better than God, understands the depth of your pain and can help you cope with your disquieting thoughts. I hope that in due time your family receives God’s peace that excels all thought, so that it will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. God is called the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation. Rest assured that God cares for all his creatures and he would never bring us suffering. A soothing scripture I like is Psalm 34:18 which reads: “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” He promised that in the Paradise, we will have the prospect of enjoying life without end, free from all problems, accidents, and sickness. Even our dead loved ones like Brenda will be resurrected. (Psalm 37:9, 29; John 5:28, 29) With all my sympathy for the loss of someone so cherished

Bob & I send our sincere condolences to Wayne and family on Brenda’s passing.

Dear Smith Family: I have wonderful memories of Brenda at Holy Heart of Mary when we were both in the orchestra. She was gifted and talented and I am so glad she shared them as teacher and educator. You are blessed to have her as wife, Mom, and Nanny. There are no words to ease the pain of loss but to know that others care. In the midst of sorrow, I celebrate her life and the difference she made in our world.

Wayne and family
I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Brenda’s passing. I well remember working with her at ‘the department’ in the early 2000’s. She often spoke fondly of you and the girls. She touched many lives in the world of special education. She will certainly be missed.

Dear Smith Family,

I was extremely sad to hear that Brenda has passed away. I will always remember what a loving, funny and kind person she was.

I’m very sorry for your loss.

Emily

Wayne &family
Sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing

Brian Grant

Wayne and family,
My sincere condolences on Brenda’s untimely passing. II haven’t seen much of her in recent years but remember her well as a very caring and living lady—-a beautiful person .

Brenda and I were debutantes together 48 years ago. Whenever i wemt home Bremda came to every girls’ night and our wonderful reunion weekend in Brigus. I have not been home for a few years and I am so sorry that Brenda will not be there on my next visit. I know we will have a toast to her and share our stories.

Wayne, Laura, Meggie, Anna, family, Words cannot express the sadness we feel knowing Brenda has passed. Brenda was a great friend and I will always miss her.
Love to all,
Charlotte and Tim Purcell

Wayne, you may remember that Brenda and I taught together at the Vera Perlin School so many years ago. What talking we did. What fun we had. She was always larger than life and an inspiration to us all. I’m so sad and so sorry for your loss.

Wayne, I am so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. I have no words – just long memories of her as a school friend and later as the wife of the son of one of my mom’s best friends. God bless you all at this sad time – her smile will stay with all of us.

Wayne and family. We are so sorry to hear of Brenda’s death. She was one lovely lady with a smile that would brighten anyone’s day

To Wayne and family. So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. May happy memories help you through the days ahead.

Wayne and Family, So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
May she rest in Peace!

We are so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful woman. Brenda was one of those rare people you meet that immediately make you feel the warmth from their obviously kind manner. We feel lucky to have known her even a little and we know that warmth lives on in her beautiful family. We are thinking of you and wish you all the peace you can find in such a difficult time.

Dear Smith family,

My sincere condolences. I have very fond memories of Brenda from my childhood.

I’m so sorry to read about Brenda’s passing. Just the mention of her name would bring a happy smile to people’s faces. I hope you can remember the good times and take comfort from that. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Dear Sheilagh and family,
So very sorry for the loss of your precious sister, wife,
mother, grandmother and friend. She will be so missed
by so many. God bless Brenda and all of your family. She is now your guardian angel.

I am looking at Brenda’s (and my) HHM class photo, taken in 1967. When I ran into her at a function for U of T grads, several years ago, I was reminded of how she was in high school: kind, warm and inclusive of all. She had *not* changed. My condolences to her family.

Paula Flynn

Dear Wayne, Laura, Meg, Anna and your loving family ~ Since March we share your sadness, hope, suffering and worry. We wish you peace and courage. With love. Myriam et Normand

Dear Wayne and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. She was in my class all through high school and was an inspiration to us all. She was very special, always. I know you will miss her so much, but hopefully your memories and love will guide you through these difficult days. Thinking of you all – Take care.

Kit Howley

Dear Wayne, Megan, Anna, Laura and family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. We loved Brenda very much. We will miss her and her “joie de vivre”!
Even though we cannot be with you, our hearts are close to you. We will come and visit soon.
Love,
Nancy et Georges

Wayne, we are so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Out thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time

I was so saddened to hear of Brenda’s passing. Brenda was my Director when I first came to work at the Department of Education in 2001 until her well-deserved retirement. Brenda was an exceptional mentor and I was so impressed with her knowledge of the field of student support services as well as her exceptional memory. She spoke fondly of her family and I especially loved the stories involving the culinary talents of her daughters. Take Care.

So sorry to hear this sad news. Brenda was such a lovely and warm lady.
Condolences to Wayne and daughters.

Wayne, my thoughts are with you and your family upon hearing about the passing of Brenda. I know that your wonderful memories will provide some comfort at this sad time. Take care.

To Wayne and family,
I am deeply shocked by Brenda’s passing. She was an inspirational advocate for children with special needs, a fantastic manager and mentor and she had a brilliant mind with the best memory of anyone I ever met. Brenda was a friend and confidante for me in difficult times. Brenda was great fun to be around and she has a terrific sense of humour. I loved seeing how she enjoyed her retirement and am sorry that it is so long since we met up. We will never see her like again. Please accept our sincere condolences. Anne and Michael Murray, Shropshire, UK.

Wayne and family, Ray and I are so saddened to hear of Brenda’s passing. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you and your children as you deal with your loss. God Bless.

Dear Wayne and Family

I am so very sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your girls..

Joe Crowley was my family’s doctor for many years and, like him, Brenda was the most gentle and wonderful person you could ever meet. Mary and I offer our most sincere condolences to Wayne and all your family.
Ian Sparkes

Wayne, Laura, Anna and Megan,

We were so sorry to read of Brenda’s untimely passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. It was always such a pleasure to run into Brenda. Her smile, her warmth and her joie de vivre always left you feeling positive and upbeat. Her love for her family and pride in “the girls” was so evident to all. Her eyes shone when she spoke of her beautiful grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by so many

Dear Megan, Anna, Laura and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss and am keeping you in my thoughts and wishing you strength and love together as you go through this difficult time.

Meg and Anna,
I’m so sorry for yours and your family’s loss.
Ryan and I are thinking of you.

Dear Wayne and Family,
We were so saddened to hear of Brenda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Our sincere condolences.
ANC Staff and Board

Wayne, and family.
I was so, so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing.
She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Wayne and Girls (Brenda’s words), my heart is broken and I can only imagine how you fell. You her family and our world must let go of a precious and special woman. She touched many in a positive way as a friend, teacher, leader and mentor. She and I have been friends for 36 years. I have great respect, admiration and appreciation for your mom, wife and nanny. Blessings to all of you as you move forward living her dreams for you. Be proud to have known and been loved by her. Rest in peace my friend. Evelyn

Wayne, Laura, Anna and Megan,

We just heard from Adele that Brenda had passed. Having spoken to Wayne just a few weeks ago, we knew that she was not well but had hoped that she would pull through this battle. We will be in touch when we return to Newfoundland in early December. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Larry and Theresa Walsh

Megan, Anna and family-so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Thinking of you all during the difficult days ahead.

So sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. She was my Director when I worked at the Dept of Ed in the early 2000s. Brenda was a caring mentor who coached and supported me through a steep learning curve. As a boss, she was open, engaged, and always had a pleasant, smiling demeanour. Through many difficult Educational decisions, her bottom line was always whatever was in the best interest of the child. She felt a deep concern for, and responsibility to, the children affected by Educational policy. She talked about her own girls daily and it was easy to tell how much she loved them and was proud of them. Her kind, positive influence to everyone who knew her will be sadly missed.

Meg, Anna and family,
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Wayne, I’m in shock to read about Brenda’s passing. I’m in Calgary at the moment but rest assured I’ll carry all of you in my heart. Take good care of each other. With understanding sympathy, Pat Roberts

Wayne, laura, anna and Meg
Was heartbroken to hear of Brenda’s passing. She went too soon. How many memories I have of Brenda at Glenridge Crescent and later at 3 Lakeview. Just as we grew up together, so did our children at Forest Road. She was such a loving person. I am sure you are comforted by her larger than life presence as a wife, mother and grandmother. A wonderful role model for you girls. Know that our thoughts are with you in this time of grief. Words can’t express your sorrow at this time. Take care, and am sure you will have the strength and support of so many to get you all through these next few days. Cathy, Jonny, Caroline, Nick, Meg and Jay MacCallum

I am so sorry to hear that Brenda has passed. I know the grief is overwhelming . Have trust in God and faith . Faith has brought me so much peace since David’s passing . Faith is being sure there is beauty in another realm and our beloved ones we will see again in a place of peace and love . This I am certain . Look for the signs that her spirit is always near and that her special light will guide the Smith and Crowley families. I have such happy memories of our childhood days at Riverdale , Glenridge , Pringle and Winter place. memories of the great Crowley Family. Dear Wayne I will pray for you. In time the beautiful memories of Brenda and her vibrant personality will help in the healing. Trust in the process and embrace your family . Much love , Ronda Lake Parker

While it has been many years since we have seen Brenda, we remember her as one of the finest. To all those people who hold her close in your heart be comforted by happy memories. May she rest in peace.

Please accept our sincere condolences. Many fond memories of our younger years as friends.

We are so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with the loss of such a truly special person.

Richard and Rebecca

Dear Wayne & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Brenda was a kind and lovely woman, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Peace and Blessings be upon Brenda.

Wayne, Laura, Anna & Meg,

Please accept our sincere condolences on Brenda’s passing. She was a lovely person and she’s gone way too soon. Let the happy memories you have of her help you go through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dear Wayne,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Brenda. You, your children and grandchildren are and will be in our thoughts.
Rick and Pauline Gill

Wayne and Family: Sincere condolences on the passing of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Maud Coffey

Wayne and family
I was so sad to hear of Brenda’s passing -much too soon.
I have great memories of times I spent in yours &Brenda’s company with the Duffs (Pinky ,Aidan &Susan et al) There was always lots of laughs
and & great discussions .
My thoughts & prayers are with you .
Brenda FitzGerald