SMITH, Gordon Dallas Courtney
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1921 - 2012
Gordon 'Dallas' Smith passed away peacefully in Nanaimo on December 16, 2012. Dal was born to Gordon William Smith and Marie Elise Courtney; growing up in West Vancouver and later William's Lake. In 1941, Dal enlisted in the RCAF and served with the 39th Reconnaissance Wing in Trenton, ON, England and Holland until the end of 1945. After the War, Dal started a career at BC Packers in Steveston, BC. There he met the love of his life, Anne Beetstra. Dal and Anne were married in 1951 and made their home in Burnaby where two daughters were born to them. In 1959, they moved to Delta where a son was born to them, completing their family. Dal was a genius with anything mechanical, electrical and at woodworking and was always building, designing or creating. He built several boats and constructed the family cabin on Ruxton Island, including welding the fireplace and making all the furniture! The family has many happy memories around time spent on Ruxton Island. Dal spent many years as the Commanding Officer of the 655 Squadron Air Cadets and was a member of the Union No. 9 New Westminster Mason's Lodge. Dal retired from BC Packers in 1984 and moved to Gabriola Island where he had designed and built a beautiful retirement home. Many happy years were spent here filled with family, grandchildren and friends. Anne passed away in 1994 and Dal relocated to Nanaimo in 1997. Besides his beloved wife, Dal was predeceased by his brother, Bruce Smith and sister, Leila Hughesman. He leaves to mourn his passing, daughters, Claire Burns (Jim) and Janice Appleton (Garry) of Kelowna, BC and son, Gordon Smith (Barbara) of Nanaimo; Grandchildren, Hazel Burns (Gabriel Ferreyra) of Toronto, ON, Mary Burns of San Francisco, CA, Brian Burns of Victoria, BC, Arica Suomi (Steve) of Langley, BC, Rikki Appleton of Whiterock, BC, Cameron Smith and Matthew Smith of Nanaimo; Great- grandchildren, Ava, Preston and Kingston Suomi. The family would like to thank Dr. Bill Ehman and the staff at Wexford Creek Retirement Home for their care and compassion towards our father. Dal will be interred at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens with a Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Dec. 22, 2012