It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Raymond George Smith on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Tiffany Village in St. John’s, NL. He was 83. Ray was predeceased by his beloved wife Ruth, his sister Doreen Hounsell and brother-in-law John, and his parents, Jessie Ida and Thomas Malcolm. Left to cherish his memory and celebrate his life are his daughters, Pam O’Brien (Simon) and Lori Smith (Glen Crowley); his grandchildren Katie (Viv), M, Allie (Andrew), Claire, and Emma; his sister Judi Winsor (Scott) and sister-in-law Rhonda Wicks (René); and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Ray was born on Bell Island, Newfoundland on October 21, 1938, and was the eldest of the three Smith children. His sister Doreen became good friends with a girl named Ruth Andrews, and shortly after, Ray and Ruth started going steady. They married in 1964 at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church. Ray, Ruth, Doreen, and John were good friends their entire adult lives, often vacationing together.
Ray spent his working life with CN Rail and Marine Atlantic and retired at the age of 53. Outside of work, Ray and Ruth were active members of the Anglican Parish of St. Michael and All Angels, with Ray spending many hours counting the money and participating in the Men’s Club. He was an avid walker and bowler. Although he was a quiet man, he was very competitive, and enjoyed skunking his daughters at cribbage whenever he got the chance. He loved to watch sports, particularly hockey and baseball, and was a lifelong Detroit Red Wings fan.
Ray was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and Poppy. We will miss him more than words can say and will hold his memory dear to our hearts. Cremation has already occurred, and a celebration of Ray’s life will take place later this fall.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray’s memory may be made to pancreatic cancer research.
A special thanks to the staff on the eighth floor of Tiffany Village, Dr. Penton, and Dr. Robbins for providing Ray with excellent care and compassion at the end of his life.
We feel comforted by the thought that somewhere, he’s having a Diet Pepsi and falling asleep in front of the game with his love, Ruth, whom he missed so much.