SMITH, Warner Willis June 22, 1935 May 23, 2012 After a silent and brief battle with cancer, Warner will be forever remembered by Marilyn, his loving wife of 51 years, their children, Debbie (Martin) Koehl, Darren & Lori (Terry), his dear grandson, Tyson Koehl, his brother's Elmer (Loraine) & Syd (Lee), his Aunt Lydia as well as many special nephews, nieces, cousins, & numerous cherished friends. Although he was born in Melfort, SK, the family moved to Nipawin, SK when Warner was 5 and he always considered it to be his hometown. Over the years, his sports and related careers would take him and his young family to various towns in Saskatchewan and Manitoba until moving west to Victoria BC in 1969. Although he didn't miss the snow shovelling, in his heart, he was always a Prairie boy. Sincere thanks to the BC Cancer Clinic, the palliative care nurses and the Red Cross for their compassionate care & kindness to our family. A celebration of Warner's life will be held at First Memorial-Garden Room 4725 Falaise Drive, Saanich, BC on Saturday, June 2nd at 10 am. Sports were an important part of Warner's life, from pitching fastball with the former Century Inn and playing in the Stuffy McGinnes league to hockey and his early days as a talented forward with the Nipawin Hawks to playing old-timer's with the Saanich Warrior's in his later years, and always, a devoted and knowledgeable fan and coach. He was also a member of the Van Isle Wallaby Club who supported "Help Fill A Dream ". For all of his sports buddies & Wallaby Club members there will be an informal gathering with his son Darren at the former Tally Ho (now Murph's Place Pub) in Victoria, 3020 Douglas on Sunday, June 3rd between 2 -4 pm. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Warner to Team Jack Brave Award Fund c/o 3843 Cardie Court Victoria, BC V8Z 7G8 supporting kids to stay in the game" for Saanich Minor Hockey during a time of adversity in their lives, or to a charity of your choice. 657146
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from May 26 to May 27, 2012