Gordon Harry Smith (Oct. 18, 1923 –Sept. 26, 2019)
Died in Hamilton at St Peter’s Hospital , in his 96th year. Dearly loved husband of the late Marjorie (nee Nash) and the adored father of Douglas (Janet) of Brampton, Arthur of Hamilton, and Susan (Blair) Yager of Simcoe. He will be greatly missed by his two grand-daughters and one great-grandchild: Pamela (Alex) of Hagersville; and Carolyn (Jo) of Etobicoke, parents of Violet. Gord was predeceased by his parents George and Winnifred and his brother Don.
Gord was born to British immigrants on Hamilton mountain and became a Chartered Accountant after having served as a Navigator in the Royal Canadian Airforce from 1942-1945. He flew convoy escort over the North Atlantic with #120 Squadron from Bally Kelly, Northern Ireland. He spent his career as an accountant with Chagnon and MacGillivary based in Hamilton, becoming a partner.
Putting one of his favourite phrases, “I am so blessed!” into action, Gord gave back to the community in many ways. He was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, a Director of Big Brothers as well as the Canadian Club, and Treasurer and a Director of First Place, all in Hamilton. He served on the Board of Governors of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and was a very active member of Olivet United Church for many decades. He was an avid curler and enjoyed swimming at the YMCA.
A Celebration of Life service, and reception will be held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope on Friday Oct. 4’th, the celebration of life will begin at 1:00pm, with the reception to follow, until 4:00pm. Time and other details will later be available by contacting M.A. Clark & Sons Funeral Home, 905-383-3323 or their website www.maclarkfuneralhome.com. The family wish to thank the dedicated staff at the Juravinsky and St. Peter’s hospitals in Hamilton for their outstanding care and support. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.