Kenneth Dominic Smith

September 3, 1952 to October 5, 2016


It is with great sadness that the family of Kenneth Dominic Smith announces his peaceful passing at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s, NL, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at the age of 64. He will be forever remembered by his beloved wife and soulmate, Joyce, loving daughters Laura, Johanna and Maggie, his precious grandson Kristian, and by his brothers and sisters Tom (Jane) Smith, Alec (Loretta, deceased) Smith, Helen (Leo) Foley, Leo (Gloria) Smith, Mary (Earl) Williams, Fred Smith, Geraldine (Noel) O’Dea, Elaine Smith, and Gerard (Maggie) Smith. Ken will also be dearly missed by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many close friends. He is predeceased by his beloved son Michael, brother Ronald, and parents, James and Bridget Smith. Ken was passionate about the great outdoors, music, literature and the arts. He loved to read and converse about many topics including history and geology. When Ken wasn’t enjoying his land in Mobile, fishing in Bay Bulls, or berry picking in one of his many secret spots, he could be found spending summers with family at Spencer’s Point in Nova Scotia. Those who knew Ken will remember his kind heart, endless patience, honesty and his quick wit. He was a friend to all and would truly do anything for anyone. Although we may not physically have him with us any longer, he will live on in our hearts, in our minds, and through our acts of kindness. Diver, Dad, Poppa, Captain, we love you… Rest in peace. The family will be accepting visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 6 – 9 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 9:30 am, at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, with interment to follow in the Belvedere Cemetery for immediate family. Reception details to follow. Flowers gratefully accepted, or donations may be made to the Michael Beecher Smith Heart Award at M.U.N. To share a message of condolence with Ken’s family or to sign the memorial guestbook, please visit



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Joyce and family,
Sorry to hear of ken’s illness and passing. I remember him from our university days – walking into a room with a ready smile, positive, intelligent, and always, an individual. No doubt, his fine attributes will live on in his children and grandchildren.
Judy Gard Puddester

Dear Joyce,
I was so sorry to hear the sad news of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words, but know that you are in my thoughts.

Joyce and Family,

Keeping you and your family in my prayers!!

Joyce and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I hope the wonderful memories you share as a family will give you all strength and peace during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dear Geri, Alex and Family,
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our sincere condolences.
Susan and Beaton

Dear Geraldine I was so sorry to hear of your brother Ken’s death. It has been a very long time since I have seen ‘Diver’ but I will always remember our road trip together in 73-or 74 west to Ottawa and then south to New Orleans. I will always remember Diver’s good nature and so many laughs. He was a good man and I know will be missed by all of you. Please give Joyce my condolences and let her know that I will keep all of you in my prayers during this time of grief and sorrow. May God bless all of you Sincerely. Penny (Rutledge) Nobles

Joyce,Laura,Joand Maggs, We are all so sad over Ken’s passing . You girls went above and beyond to care for Ken and to surround him with love and to keep him at peace ! Rest knowing that you left no stone unturned ,,just like Ken would have it! Love from Nova Scotia ,Jenny ,Bob,Tim,Daniel,,Jenn,Luke,Alex and William

So sorry to hear about Ken…. my thoughts are with you and your family….

Darlene (Anne’s sister)

Dear Joyce and family,
Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Cherish your memories and know our hearts and hugs are with you at this difficult time.
Ross & Margie Douglas

Dear Joyce,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Deborah Miles

Dear Joyce and Geraldine,
My sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time. May happy memories of Ken sustain you in the difficult days ahead.

Mary Lou (Maher) Grant

Dear Joyce and family
so so sad to hear of Ken’s passing
know that our love heart and hugs are with you all
Sharon and John Chisholm

Dear Joyce and family,
I am very sad to hear of the passing of your husband. You are in my thoughts.
Jeanette Baker
Holy Family School, Paradise

Dear Joyce and family,
Sending love and ((hugs)) as you celebrate the precious life of your Ken, Diver, Dad, Poppa, & Captain.
May peace be with you..

Dear Joyce & family,

It was a shock to hear of Ken’s passing as he was rallying & such a positive soul. Ken loved his family & being in the natural world. Ken’s kindness is embodied in his decision to pick Chanterelles & send them to John when he heard of his cancer diagnosis. He was a sweet, kind and gentle soul who will remain forever in our hearts.

Dear Joyce & family,
It is a shock to lose Ken as he seemed to be rallying & was such a positive soul. Ken was a very dear man who loved his family, and being in Nature. Ken’s kindness was embodied in his picking Chanterelles & sending them to John when he heard of his cancer diagnosis. Ken was a gentle, kind, sweet soul who will remain forever in our hearts.

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our good friend Ken Smith. He lived a life of love and that love overflowed and affected all who knew him; his family and all who were his friends. Ken’s passion for the outdoors and his fascination in the natural world always drew him back to the river, back to the bog for yet another experience. But his love of family was greatest of all. We will miss you in our presence dear Ken but will always carry you in our hearts.

John Anderson

Dear Joyce and family ,
My deepest condolences on your loss. May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort in your loving memories.

by Arlene(Keough) MacCharles

To The Smith family,,
Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of your dear husband and father. We are thinking of you with sadness at this very painful time. We hope you will find peace in the wonderful memories you hold. May Ken rest in peace.

To Joyce and Kenny’s daughters and the Smith Family our sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband , father, grandfather and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace Kenny and may your good deeds go with you as God welcomes you home to be with him and your family that has gone before you.

Joyce and family, and the Smith family,
Sorry about Diver. There are so many good memories of growing up together on the hill. Rest in Peace.

Con’s and Margaret’s Crowd

Dear Joyce, Girls and family- I can’t imagine what the past 5 months have been like as you all provided support, encouragement and care to Ken, but I would say that his amazing progress was a testament to your devotion. Ken was one interesting guy – we’ll always remember our trip to St. John’s and the evening we spent together….it seems so many years ago.
May your memories of happy family times brighten the challenging days ahead.
Thinking of you all and sending our sincere condolences.
Lynn & Peter

Ken took delight in so many aspects of life: a piece of arrowhead…or merely some chert; a sublime dessert, or a bowl of berries; a child’s smile or, perhaps, gas. Ken saw the good in everything.

To the Smith Clan,

Surprised & saddened to learn of Ken’s death. May he rest in peace.

To Ken’s family,
I never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing Ken. If he has any of the wonderful attributes of Mary, Leo and Tom he us a wonderful person. Thinking of you all at this time…

We were so sorry to hear of Diver’s passing. I am sure Mrs. Bride was there to welcome her boy HOME. Condolences to all his family

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Geri…we are so sad to hear of your brother’s passing. Our condolences to you and your family, as well as Ken’s.

Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Ken. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless


so sad to hear of Ken’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to your and your family

Jean Shears

Sending you all our very best wishes of strength and peace, especially over the coming difficult days.
We wish we could be there.
Karla, Kristian & Simon

Sorry to hear of Kenny’s, (Divers) passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Frank & Mary Smith

Joyce and Family

I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


we are sorry for your loss Joyce and the entire smith family as well. our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. may he rest in peace.

My condolences to Joyce & daughters, & to all the Smith family, our neighbours on Old Settlement Hill in our childhood days.

Dearest Joyce,
Thinking of you all. I remember when Ken first stole you away on the back of his motorcycle coming from Halifax in the rain. What a great guy. I will keep my/his nfld rock with me always and remember our special visit in 2010. Thanks Ken !
love to you xoxojoanne.

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters at this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss Joyce. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. – Cathy

Joyce: Shocked to learn about Ken’s passing. Unfortunately Shirley and I are out of province but out thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Woody and Shirley

The Smith household on Pine Bud was often a second home for me. I knew I was always welcome any time of the day or night. Ken would always greet me with a sincere smile and ask “how are you doing Linda and how are the girls”. He was always incredibley kind and considerate. I’m so happy I was able to spend time with him in the past few months and especially helping him celebrate number 64! My thoughts and prayers are with you Joyce, Laura, Johanna and Maggie. You were amazing with Ken these past few months, you sure made him proud. Blessings to you all.

Condolences to the Smith family on this sad loss. Rest in Peace, Diver.

Our sincere condolences to you Joyce and your family. So sorry for your loss.

My deepest condolences, I’m incredibly grateful for having him be a part of my life.

So sad to hear of your loss. When we visited Ken this summer we were struck by his will to live and the deep love and commitment of you all to be by his side. I looked into his eyes and felt saddened for his struggles but hopeful because he was reaching out, trying to make the connection. Ken was such a kind-hearted, gentle soul. Every time we visited he showed us such warmth, love & generosity and he always shared his stash of raspberries. He will be sadly missed.

Rest easy Diver.

To Kens (Divers) family we offer our sincerest condolences. A standout memory of Ken for me was when we were teenagers and I met him by Bill Houlihans store riding a new Gold colored Coaster Brake Bike.
Rest in Peace

RIP Diver, You will be missed

To Ken’s family:

Please accept my sincere condolences. I was very fortunate to have taught communications with Ken at the College, and we worked in the same office for a few years. Ken was always caring, helpful, and pleasant – a true gentlemen who shared his zest for life with all of his colleagues.

To Joyce and girls
Thank you for all the love and caring you gave Kenny . He was very peaceful through it all and spoke so loving of you all.
Mom would have been so pleased !

To Kenny’s wife, children and grandchild and to all the Smith Family, Tom, Alec, Helen, Leo, Fred, Mary, Geraldine and Laney and Gerard,
My heart goes out to all of you as you face this sad separation from Kenny. Words are not enough for such a loss. I am thinking about you and hope that you can find peace and comfort in knowing he is in a better and at rest.

To Joyce, Laura, Johanna and Maggie,
My sincere condolences to you all. I have only the most wonderful memories of your Dad and he will be truly missed.
Thinking of you at this time.

Condolences to all of the Smith family . I am sorry for your loss. A true gentleman.

To Kenny’s Family
Sorry to hear of the loss of Kenny, I know he will be missed by many. My condolences go to the whole Smith Family.
Rest in Peace Diver !
Lorraine (Smith) Gordon

Sincere condolences to all the family on Ken’s passing.
Dominic & Jose Barry

Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond childhood memories of Ken’s exhuberant energy. Thinking of you all.

Condolence to the Family.Sorry for your loss.

Ed Leonard

Oh my so very sorry to hear of your loss Joyce. I often seen you together at Kristen’s soccer games and thought you both made such a lovely couple. Hold fast to all your special memories. Thinking of you and your family
God bless
Roxanne and Ray Kenny xo

Such a sweetheart, Rest in peace Ken. Deepest sympathy to you Joyce and the Family.

Rest in Peace dear Ken…such a kind gentleman and sweet soul.
Sending my deepest sympathy and love to Joyce, Laura, Joanna and Maggie, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sending our love to Joyce and family. Ken has left us with many beautiful memories and he will indeed be present in all the people he has loved and known.

My sincerest condolences to the family, on the passing of Kenny,as known to me. May he rest in peace.