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SMITH, Brian
Brian Smith passed away on January 27, 2017 at the South Health Campus with Mary Ann, his beloved wife of more than 60 years and his daughter Alane by his side. Born April 1, 1931 at the Calgary General Hospital, Brian attended Stanley Jones and Crescent Heights High School. He was employed as a Production Accountant in the oil industry until his retirement from Home Oil Limited in 1991. He held an Amateur Radio License, VE6HY, and was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accountants, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 264, a Charter member of Glenbow Lodge #184, GRA, and a long time volunteer with the Crescent Heights Community Association. He was a founding member of the Masonic Foundation of Alberta and was Secretary-Treasurer until 2006. Brian was predeceased by his mother Florence in 1937, his father William James in 1980, his stepmother Margaret in 1984, and stepbrothers Dave Carle in 2003 and Don Carle in 2007. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann and daughter Alane. Thanks to all the Doctors, Nurses, EMS and all of our family and friends for their support. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O Box 336 Station M, Calgary, AB, T2P 9Z9. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday February 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen's Park Cemetery). Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2017.
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February 1, 2017
Mary Ann and Alane
Our sincere condolences in the loss of Brian. Brian was a great neighbor and an asset to our community of Crescent Heights. He added wit and dry humor to our many meetings; one of which will stay in my memory forever! Hugs all round.

Connie McLaren, Larry, Laurel and Garrett Dziuba
January 31, 2017
The Chambers Family had the pleasure of living across from the Smith Family on Hager Place for over 3o yrs.We will always remember the happy times we shared with Brian, MaryAnn and Alane. We were truly blessed to have such friendly and caring people for neihbors. We remember those times and hold them near. As we say goodbye to Brian on his journey-our love goes with him and an Irish Prayer-Safe Home Brian. May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. Margaret & Lynn Chambers
January 31, 2017
My deepest sympathy to all of Brian's family. I shall miss his charm and humour. The internet will never be the same and my inbox sadly empty. I shall raise a glass of wine to you sir.
Kathy Hatcher
January 31, 2017
Brian became my friend as we shared an interest in coronation street. We then remained friends through Facebook. I shall miss him greatly. My condolences to Mary Ann and Alana from Carol in the U.K.
Carol Clough
January 31, 2017
Please accept our sympathies. I have many good memories of on-line discussions with Brian, and I am especially pleased that we were able to meet IRL.
Katherine and Keith Burgess
Katherine Burgess
January 31, 2017
Dear MaryAnn and Alane. It is many years since you and Brian joined the German Wine Society, sadly now retired. We have had many many good evenings and afternoons together, quaffing fine wine and food and making merry together. When he gave up wine, Brian still sent occasional funnies to us, all wine related, to keep our friendship going. We always heard form him at Xmas with some wise quip and good wishes for another year So we were sad not to hear from him this year and even more so, to see he has now gone from our lives. That outward gruffness belied the merry twinkle in his eye and clever quip on the tip of his tongue. A true community contributor, Brian will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with you both at this sad time. Sincerely Sheila and Ted Foster
January 31, 2017
Dear Mary Ann, We benefitted from our friendship with you and Brian in many ways over many years. We will miss his extended knowledge on wines, his cheery emails and witty comments. You are in our thoughts and trust Alane will be a great comfort to you at this difficult time.

Jackie & Jim Russell
Jackie & Jim Russell
January 31, 2017
Sincere Sympathy to the Smith Family
Brian and Sandra Heavens
Sandra Heavens
January 30, 2017
So sorry to hear about Brian's passing. He was a really good guy!
Denny McGivern
January 30, 2017
Mary Ann and Alane, so sorry to hear of your loss - and ultimately our loss as well. Although we haven't seen a lot of each other recently, there are many times as I pass certain locations (or watch certain television programs) that I think of all of you. We miss both his "curmudgeon" and his genuine laugh in our club, and he was always the first to find whatever mistake I made in the newsletter. Know that you are all in my heart and thoughts.
Debbie Taylor
January 30, 2017
I was one of Brian's many on-line friends and regret that I never had the chance to meet him face to face. My condolences to his family.
Gordon Davie
January 30, 2017
Alane, wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Peace and light,

Steve Ellefson
January 30, 2017
Sorry we missed the Fish and Chips old friend. Will do it when next we meet.
Gerry VE6PL Linton
January 30, 2017
Brian was a good friend and mentor. My condolences to your family.
Dom DiDomenicantonio
January 30, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear about Brian's passing. As a young grad student at the time and friend to his daughter Alane, I have many memories of times with Brian and Mary Ann in their home. Brian was always a curmudgeon-- but a kind, wise, thoughtful and humorous one! And that is the best kind of curmudgeon one can be! Well done, Brian. You are missed.
Todd Hirsch
January 30, 2017
My friend, Alane, I didn't know your dad but only ever heard good things about him & the way he lived his life. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your mom at this sad time.

Kim K.
January 30, 2017
Mary Ann and Alane, we were sorry to hear about Brian. The Edmonton part of the family is thinking of you. Bev
Bev Sawyer
January 30, 2017
Our sincere condolences to Mary Ann and Alane from the Brethren of Glenbow Lodge #184 on the passing of W. Bro. Brian Smith. Very well remembered, and will be greatly missed.

Worshipful Master
Glenbow Lodge #184 A.F. & A. M
Michael Howard
January 30, 2017
Alane and Mary Ann,

We were all shocked and saddened by Brian's sudden passing, the tremendous loss to your family and all of us here at the Crescent Heights Community Association.

Brian freely shared his wisdom and enthusiasm, and garnered immense respect from the members of Crescent Heights Community Association who had the privilege of working with and have come to know Brian. We will dearly miss Brian for his broad knowledge, thoughtful suggestions and a good sense of humour. His tremendous knowledge of Crescent Heights' varied history will be lost to us forever.

Brian has always been a source of strength and encouragement for me, and I am honoured to have known him.

Rest in peace, Brian! The good Lord has more plans for you, and we are all fortunate to have learned from your time with us.
Daniel Dang
January 30, 2017
Alane, so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
Ron Smith
January 30, 2017
Brian and I served on the executive of The Canadian Club of Calgary in the mid and late 1990s, and in the course of doing so, managed to keep the Club afloat beyond its 100th birthday.
Brian was a joiner, a founder, a volunteer, and a gentleman. My condolences to Mary Ann and Alane.

Glen Johnston
Glen Johnston
January 29, 2017
Our condolences to all the family from Ted and Sheryl. We have lots of memories from the old CIM days. Rest in Peace Brian.
Ted Williams
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