(March 3, 1923 – March 4, 2008)
With great sadness we announce the passing of Clifford Smith on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Cascade Lodge with his family by his side. Cliff had just had his 85th birthday on Monday, March 3, 2008.
He was born on March 3, 1923 in Montreal, Quebec.
At the age of 19 he volunteered for service in the Canadian Army. He proudly served his country as a member of the Canadian Grenadier Guards in 4th Div, 22nd C.A.R. He was a gunner/radio operator in a Sherman Tank seeing battle action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Wounded in action in February 1945, he survived to see the end of the war.
While back in England waiting to return to Canada, he took leave to go to Scotland to visit relatives. While there he met the love of his life, Sarah. They were engaged before Cliff returned to Canada.
Sarah arrived in Montreal in February 1947. They were married March 1, 1947. Their first child Kenneth Robert was born in 1953. In 1956 their daughter Deborah Anne was born.
Cliff and Sarah lived in Montreal until retirement. After a lifetime of hard work they moved to Kamloops in 1984 to be close to Deb and her husband Ron.
Cliff will be remembered for his love of golf. He achieved the coveted “Hole in One” on October 15, 1999.
Due to failing health, Cliff and Sarah relocated to Chilliwack in December 2006 once again to be close to Deb and Ron. Dad’s last two years were challenging as he struggled with dementia.
Clifford was predeceased by his parents Mary and George, his brothers Kenneth and Norman, and sister Florence.
He is survived by Sarah, his devoted wife of 61 years, son Kenneth, daughter Deborah, son-in-law Ronald Angell.
He will be missed by family in Canada and Scotland, friends and comrades across Canada.
We would like to thank Dr. Basson and the wonderful staff at Cascade Lodge for their kind and compassionate care.
A Memorial Service will be held at Cascade Lodge, second floor, 45586 McIntosh Drive, Chilliwack at 2:00 p.m. Friday March 14, 2008.
For those who wish, a donation in Cliff’s name to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. would be appreciated.
An interment service in Kamloops will be held at a later date.