Francis Douglas (Doug) Smith

May 30, 1939 to June 19, 2023


Francis Douglas “Doug” Smith passed away peacefully on June 19, 2023, at the Miller Centre at the age of 84, supported by his wife Mary Lemaire – Smith. His long battle with diabetes in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with an amusing story, a smile and compassion for those that supported him and his family.

Mary was the love of Doug’s life, and he was never happier that the time they were together with their dogs Emma and Fonzie. Doug and Mary recently celebrated their sixteenth wedding anniversary.  Family was very important to Doug. Almost everywhere he traveled he would seek out a close or distant relative to meet and have a chat. If there was a project for him to get involved, it was even better.

Born in New York, Doug was raised in Newfoundland and loved his home province and his community of Mt. Pearl. He was proud to be President of the Mt. Pearl Tennis Association in the 1980s. He was always busy, following retirement from Newfoundland Telephone in 1999, he worked at Kent Building supplies until his late seventies. He continued his work to remain social and to assist others.

In his final days, Doug had many visitors all recounting a funny story of happier times. He said he had a wonderful life. With his death, he further fostered what was most important, family. Old relationships were rekindled, and new relations were born. He was loved by his family he died in peace loving them.

Predeceased by mother and father Mary and Henry Smith; brothers Harold Smith (Audrey Smith), Alphonse (Phonse) Smith (Anna Smith); and sister Jean Works.

Leaving to mourn wife Mary Lemaire – Smith; son  Doug Smith (Catherine Philpott, and their children  Isaac Smith & Ethan Smith); sister Shirley Rimmer, daughter Angi-Lynn (Stephen Sherman); stepdaughter Kim Hart (Barry Hart, and their children Chelsea Hart & Callie Hart); stepson Mark Porter (Jill Hampton); nephews Neal Smith (Sue Smith) and Gerrard Smith (Barb Smith); and cousin Robert Yetman (Betty Yetman).

Special thanks to the Kidney Centre, Home Dialysis Unit, and Miller Centre Palliative Care Unit.

Donations in Doug’s memory can be made to the Kidney Foundation.




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Thinking of Doug’s family and friends at this sad time.
I worked with Doug at The Telephone company.

Signe Scharwey

Condolences to all the family at this sad time.
Doug was a well respected member of our coffee club
At McD in Mt Pearl.
Michael Boyle

Mary and Family!
We are so sorry to learn that Doug has passed. We have fond and wonderful memories of Doug while working with the phone company. He had such a wonderful sense of humour and was a great worker . Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. Please accept our sincere sympathies.
Peter and Janet Kendall

My condolences Mary to you and your family for the lost of a loved one Doug. May her rest in peace and that you will find comfort from family and friends in the coming days. I enjoyed his humor every time he had lunch with you at Tiffany Village.

by Olive Verge

Sincere condolences to Doug’s family & friends. We worked with Doug at the “Telephone Company. Thinking of you, during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Theresa & David

You will be missed but dearly remembered . We shared many laughs over the years and I also came to you for advise when I had a rough period of my own and you were a huge help at that time as well . Always valued our friendship Doug , always will . RIP my friend .

My condolences to Doug’s family on his passing . RIP Doug

So saddened to see this today, To Doug’s family and friends, please accept my sincere and deepest sympathy, I have known Doug for a long time. A kind, gentle and funny man who will certainly be missed. Treasure all your precious memories, they will help in the coming days. RIP Doug.

A sad loss… such a nice man. I always enjoyed “dropping down” to the NewTel Service Bureau Print Shop to see and chat with Doug. He always had a positive energy, a funny story, and an occasional tidbit to ponder.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

To Mary and family my sincere sympathy to you all. Had some wonderful tennis times with Doug over the years and again meeting Mary as a nurse at Tiffany.

Sad to hear of Doug’s passing. Truly a nice person and someone who had time for everybody. Lots of good memories…

To all of Doug’s Family.

I had the pleasure of working with Doug back in the Mid – Late 80’s at Newtel and enjoyed many a story and lots of laughs.

I share in your sorrow however pray that the love of your Family and Friends and the many fond memories help you all through this most difficult of times

Mary and Family,
So sorry to hear the news of Doug’s passing.
I worked with Doug at the Telephone Company snd have many fond memories of him.
He was a great guy snd was well liked by everyone.
He always had a funny story to tell.
Soar High Doug and Rest Easy on that other Shore.
You have Gained your wings.

Mary & family , words cannot express how sad I feel hearing of Doug’s passing. I have wonderful memories of him while working with Newfoundland Telephone. He was funny, always had a smile for everyone.
May his loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength at this time.


Our deepest sympathy to Doug’s family. He was a wonderful person, very kind and always a smile for
everyone. Keep your memories of him in your
hearts and he will always be with you. Doug fly high
with the angels.✝️✝️

Sincere condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of having many conversations with him during his time with Newfoundland Telephone. His out going personality was cherished. Godspeed Doug