Donald Smythe

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Donald Keith SMYTHE

April 27, 1924 – November 20, 2016

Passed peacefully at home surrounded by family at 92 years of age. Don was a true gentleman with the highest moral character who cherished family and friends beyond all – loving, giving and kind with a terrific sense of humour.

In Don's words, "the old boy has been the luckiest of men all through my life with two wonderful loving wives". Don will be forever missed by his cherished wife of 28 years, Mary Pallett Smythe (nee Leuty) and late Betty Smythe (nee Rennie) beloved wife of Don for 39 years.

Don and Betty had 5 loving daughters and devoted sons-in-law who he considered sons. Rennie Smythe, Jackie Stephens (Gerry), Heather Sansom (Paul), Kelly Sparfel (Ken) and Nancy Smythe (Rocco Rauseo).

"Bubba" was so loved by his 8 grandchildren Kristy (Pat), Michael (Karen), Danny (Vanessa), Rennie, Mark, Brad, Hannah and Jesse. Proud Great-Bubba to Taylor, Calvin and Summer. Happiest singing songs, playing crib or casting a line at many family gatherings at Canning Lake, Caug, Florida, and Muskoka.

Don will be missed by dear Mary and her children James Pallett, Megan Pallett (Nicholas Collins), Cameron Pallett (Ina), Drew Pallett (Angela) and late Wesley Pallett. Loving Grandpa Don to John (Jennifer), Melissa (Armando), Michael Owen (Patrick), Simon (Trinh), Ryan, Dane (Christine), Edward, Thomas, Regan, Nicholas, Drew Jr., Jacob, Jordan, Mary and Catherine. Great-Grandpa Don to Kate, Lucy, Wesleigh, Finnleigh, Anna and Thomas.

Don is fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law.

Predeceased by his loving parents Irene Mildred (nee James) and Thomas Neil Smythe, dear sisters Shirley Coates and Jacqueline Smythe.

A proud Canadian who served as an Officer during WWII on the HMCS Chambly. Don formed lasting friendships during his long career as President of Glidden Paint Canada and as owner of Donsco Adhesives.

Don won nine Canadian Badminton National Titles and represented his Country internationally. He was inducted into both The Etobicoke and Canadian Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame. "Don Smythe was one of Canada's most dynamic and personable champions".

Don valued the camaraderie of his friendships at The Boulevard Club, Weston, Delray Dunes and The Toronto Golf Club as much as the sports themselves. And now Don has 'gone fishin' in higher waters.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Toronto Golf Club, 1305 Dixie Rd., Mississauga, on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 2 – 4 p.m. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence are welcome at

"Semper Ad Meliora"


Published in the Toronto Star from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2016
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