July 8, 1929 – April 4, 2006
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Father and Grandfather, Peter Albert Smith, in Terrace, on April 4, 2006.
Pete was from Mill Bay, Vancouver Island, and was on a fishing holiday to visit his sons. He is survived by is three loving children; Deborah from Vancouver, Patrick and his wife Sharon Combs from Lake Cowichan and Terrace, and Eugene from
Terrace. He is also survived by his grandson, Damian, his sister Maureen, brothers, Brian, Kevin, Shaun and Tony, numerous nephews and nieces, and his ex-wife Margaret Rowley. He is pre-deceased by his Mother and Father, Albert and Constance, and his brother Patrick (Paddy).
Pete was born in London and survived the bombing of the city during the Second world War. He went to work as a plumber apprentice at the age of fourteen. At the age of eighteen he did his service with the British Army and was stationed in Egypt and Palestine. Pete wanted a better life for his young family and immigrated to Canada and arrived in Vancouver in 1956. He worked for MacConachey for 18 years, working his way up to plumbing superintendent on several hospital construction projects through out the province.
Pete’s great passions were his family and fishing, and wherever work took the family, he would seek out the great fishing spots and share his love of fishing with his children. Pete had the great wisdom to escape the rat race of the city and moved his family to Mill Bay on Vancouver Island in 1974, where he bought a
beautiful piece of property with a trout stream and old cedar trees on it. He semi-retired at the age of forty-five, and was always working on his many projects. Pete saw Canada as the greatest place on earth and was first and foremost a proud Canadian. He was a gentleman of old world wisdom, full of interesting tales, and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all acquaintances he made throughout his life. He was taken too soon from us; he still had so much to teach all of us. Every time we hear “fish on”, we will be thinking of our beloved father and friend.
The family wishes to thank the emergency room staff at Mills Memorial Hospital, the ambulance attendants, members of the fire department who responded, MacKay Funeral home and all our friends in Terrace and Kitimat who supported us throughout this tragedy.
Pete had been coming every year to Terrace for the last seven years to visit and fish, and he loved this area. He will never be forgotten.
A celebration of his life will be held in the fall, when all the family will meet again at Pete’s place, Mill Bay, BC.