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SMART, Alexander Charles (Sandy)
November 7, 1920 – May 6, 2013
Sandy died quickly and painlessly of natural causes at the Rideau and Perley Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa on Monday evening, after a cheerful day of getting settled into his new home there. He was predeceased by his beloved and loving wife of 52 years, Shirley Bannerman Smart, and by his three sons, John, Richard (Alice) and Alan. Left to mourn are his daughters Rosemary and Sandra, and his grandchildren Daniel (Abby), Kristin, Kelly and Anna. He cherished a wide circle of very special family and friends who will also miss him.
Born in Kingston to Charles Adamson Smart and Annie Ritchie Smart, late of Forfar, Scotland, Sandy grew up with brothers George (Norma) and Don (Charlotte), and the late Doug (Teresa). He graduated at the top of his class from RMC before taking his commission and serving overseas in World War II. After the War he graduated from Queens University with top honours as an electrical engineer, then continued his career in the Royal Signals Corps. In the course of his service he developed, and held the patent for, a 1950s tank guidance system called Navaid, which Canada shared with all its allies in NATO until more modern electronics put it out of business.
But Sandy's proudest and happiest times were focused on family, friends and community. He was one of the first hundred "pioneers" in Manor Park, buying the family home in 1948. He contributed significantly to getting both Little League and kids' hockey started in the community and later delighted in playing "honorary grandpa" to the kids on the block.
Sandy lived a full, happy life during which he enriched everyone he met. We will miss him dearly. At his request he will be cremated with the bare minimum of fuss, and we will arrange a farewell party for him at a later date.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from May 8 to May 10, 2013.
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March 7, 2014
Just to say thank you for the privilege of knowing all the Smarts growing up in Ottawa. I had not heard of Sandy's passing until I read a recent copy of the Manor Park Chronicle. There are so many memories and the Smarts are in most of them: Manor Park, guides, hockey and the backyard rink on Bedford and the Christmas parties. Wishing that I'd known earlier.

Dale Carr-Harris,Ottawa
Dale Carr-Harris
May 25, 2013
So sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. He was a truly remarkable man, community spirited and a great neighbor. So many fond memories with the entire family on Bedford Cres and at Otter Lake. Thanks Sandy. Thinking of you Sandra & Rosemary.

Ron & Brenda Zinck
May 22, 2013
We were deeply sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. My mother has very fond memories of Sandy and his wife Shirley, a dear childhood friend. Another childhood friend Elise Spratt gave her the news. Sandy lived a full life surrounded by family. We are sorry to hear of his passing but know that you will be blessed by the memories.

Beryl Chernin and famiily
May 13, 2013
This message is on behalf of Elizabeth Gibson who first met Sandy and Shirley when they were posted in England and has kept in touch ever since. Elizabeth would love to hear from Rosemary or Sandra
Barbara Mcisaac
May 12, 2013
Sandy lived next door to my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces. He was a wonderful individual with an incredible spirit of discovery and adventure. I remember meeting him many times out on the front lawn, and always enjoyed our conversations. He really brought so much to the neighbourhood - and I know his memory and spirit will remain strong for decades to come on Bedford Crescent.
D Watt
May 10, 2013
What a legacy! I wish I had met you but I have heard so many wonderful things about you from your friends at Murray Bay Cottage Acres - Otter Lake it feels like I have. May you rest in peace. My sincere condolences to the Smart family
May 9, 2013
Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of a true gentleman in all senses of the word.

Steve and Anne Wiltshire
May 8, 2013
I am truly saddened to hear of Sandy's passing. He was a great community person and neighbour. I remember many evenings on their front porch, with Shirley and Sandy.

Susan Moreau
Susan Moreau
May 8, 2013
All those who took an interest in community sports in Manor Park in the 50s and 60s knew and respected Mr. Smart. Even though I always ended up playing on opposing teams (and wishing that he was my coach), he often offered me kind words of encouragement and helpful advice. I have nothing but the fondest memories of Mr. Smart and offer my heartfelt condolences to the Smart family.
Adrian Vockeroth
May 8, 2013

Barb and I were saddened to read of Sandy's passing in the morning paper.

What good fortune my family had to have been across-the-street neighbours of the Smart family for so many years.

Sandy was a wise, caring, humble man who epitomized the role of "good neighbour".

His generosity was illustrated by the annual "Smarts' Christmas Party" which the family hosted. An invitation to this event was highly prized (though none were ever turned away) and meant that the Yule season could truly begin!

Sincerest condolences to all the Smart family on the loss of their truly remarkable patriarch.

Bill and Barb Fraser
May 8, 2013
There are so many Uncle Sandy stories. I think a book could be written about some of his incredible unplanned experiences. When I think of Uncle Sandy, it will always put a smile on my face - he was such an honest, genuine 'character'. Rest in peace my friend - you will be missed.
Sheri & Hank Doornekamp
May 8, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Sandy's passing. I have special memories of time spent with Sandy (and Shirley) during Daniel, Kristin, and Kelly's childhood, at the cottage or their home, or where ever we were living at the time. One memory that stands out is of a cold winter's day in Prince Albert when the kids were very young and Sandy decided to take them for a walk, He very efficiently hooked our large dog to a sled and had the dog pull the kids around that way, under his supervision of course! Ever practical but fun! Sandy relished being a grandfather and our kids were the better for time spent with Sandy (and of course with Shirley). He also offered immeasurable support of many sorts to Dan, Kristin and Kelly, and to me, after Alan died. He was a special grandfather and father-in-law, and my condolences to Rose, Anna, Sandra and Paul.

Sally Smart
May 8, 2013
I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Smart family. Having grown up in Manor Park in the 50s and 60s, my fondest memories are of the community's baseball and hockey leagues and whenever I think of them, I inevitably think of Mr. Smart who spent countless hours coaching, refereeing and umpiring. I particularly remember his encouraging words, his helpful advice and his kind and friendly disposition.
Adrian Vockeroth
May 8, 2013
So sorry to hear of Sandy's passing...My grandparents, Gerry and Irene Zinck, were great friends of Sandy and Shirley and I spent many times over at their house as a child. Sandy was a wonderful and kind man and he will definitely be missed.

Jennifer Zinck
Orleans, Ontario
May 8, 2013
I was one of those lucky to have Sandy as an "honorary grandpa". We lived across the street on Bedford until 1976 and in the area until 1990. The Smart household remains legendary among Manor Park 'kids' for Sandy & Shirley's kindness and generosity. Our deepest sympathies to Rosemary and family, from all the Laidlaws.
Alison Laidlaw Rogers
May 8, 2013
Sandy was my Little League baseball coach when I was kid. I also went to Manor Park School with a few of the Smart kids (and they were smart!). I think Rosemary sat in front of me in grade four. The Smarts were a fixture in Manor Park and they (and especially Sandy)gave one-hundred percent to the community. Manor Park's history is richer because of Sandy's invaluable contributions. If there was an "Order of Manor Park", which regrettably there isn't, Sandy would have been one of the first in line. My sincere condolences to the entire Smart family.
May 8, 2013
Condolences to the Smart family. We were cottage neighbours for many years at Otter Lake and have many fond memories of Sandy and family.
Don and Deb Greenway, and the Greenway family
May 8, 2013
We were saddened to learn of Sandy's passing. This truly amazing and accomplished gentleman was incredibly unassuming and humble. He touched everyone fortunate enough to have met him.
Our thoughts are with the Smart family.


Joan Denault and Glen Fraser
Glen Fraser
May 8, 2013
So sorry to hear about Sandy's passing. I remember many parties with the military and especially the old RMC crew at my parents home (Ted & Pat Reeves) in Manor Park when I was younger. Sandy was truly a gentleman and I know he will be missed.
John & Erin Reeves
May 8, 2013
Our deepest sympathies to the Smart family on the loss of a truly special gentleman. Sandy was a founding member of Manor Park from coaching Little League to building a back yard rink on Bedford as well as the Christmas lights high in the air on the front yard tree. Rest in peace.
Darlene Morris & Lyle Fraser
Lyle Fraser
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