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55 Charing Cross Street
Brantford, ON N3R 2H4
Phone: 519-753-8655
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John Smith

John Garth Smith

Wednesday, February 7th, 1940 - Friday, March 19th, 2021
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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Garth Smith on March 19, 2021. Garth was born on February 7, 1940 in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and was raised in Armstrong, BC in the Okanagan Valley. As a teenager he rose to the rank of Sergeant in Army Cadets and was the President of Teen Town for all British Columbia. In 1958, the day after he graduated from high school, he began working at the Bank of Commerce as a teller. It was at a bank Christmas Party in 1963 that he met the love of his life, Janet Clark. She had on a beautiful red dress and he drove a brand-new blue MG midget—they made a handsome couple and were married in 1965, in Port Rowan on a very windy day. In 1967, they moved to Toronto where Garth became the Senior Vice-President of the Mortgage Division at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. In the early 1970’s they built a house near Campbellville where their son Cameron was born in 1974. Garth and Janet lived in Milton from 1979 to 1996 and then moved to the Villages of Long Point in Port Rowan in 1997, Garth’s project there was to create a pond and waterfall that reminded him of his BC roots. Garth retired following 34 years at the Bank and then spent many happy (and warm) winters in Florida where he served as Treasurer of the men’s golf league for Fairway Village in Largo. Garth was a very good golfer and twice went to watch the Master’s in Augusta, Georgia. He was an avid reader of fiction, non-fiction and newspapers—reading both the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail almost daily. Garth and Janet had season tickets for the Toronto Argonauts from 1967 to 1977 and for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977 to 1997. He loved following his favourite sports teams and even travelled to Kansas City in 1992 to witness the Blue Jays win the World Series. Garth and Janet enjoyed travel and went on more than 25 cruises as well as traveling in Europe and canoeing the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City. He loved long car trips and spent many summers driving out to British Columbia. They moved to Brantford in 2009 where Garth was very involved in his grandson’s lives; encouraging them in activities such as golfing, baseball and music lessons. They spent many happy summers at a cottage on Long Point. Garth is predeceased by his beloved son Cameron Peter Smith and his parents Peter Cyril Hardy Smith and Winnifred Mary (Cook) Smith. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet Smith, his brother David in Victoria, BC, sister Teresa Manduca and brother-in-law Nick in Kelowna, brothers and sisters-in-law Paul and Marlene Smith in Port Rowan, and Louis Pauly and Caryl Clark in Toronto, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who loved him very much. His daughter-in-law Corina Smith and Scott as well as his two adored grandsons, Blayne and Owen, will forever miss their ‘Pops’. Garth received excellent care at the Westmount Kidney Clinic and Victoria Hospital in London. Donations in his memory would be gratefully received by the Canadian Kidney Foundation or the Sydenham-Heritage United Church in Brantford. Arrangements entrusted to Toll Funeral Home, 55 Charing Cross Street, Brantford. www.tollfh.ca
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Diane West

Posted at 12:40pm
Hello Janet:
I was so sorry to learn this morning that Garth has passed away just over a week ago. Please accept our very sincere condolences. Reading the notice of Garth’s passing brings back to me many happy memories of days long past but certainly never forgotten.
Patricia passed unexpectedly on February 20th and I am still trying to come to grips with that loss. In looking back at family photos of Pat in the days immediately following her passing I
happened to see several photos of you and Garth which are in my photo albums.
What amazing memories came flooding back to me.
You have been a wonderful couple together throughout the years and Garth will be deeply missed. Once again I’m so sorry for your loss.
With Love from your cousin
Diane and Art West
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Elaine Bessie

Posted at 06:08pm
Dear Janet and family, It was very saddening to learn of Garth's passing. I will always remember our talks at the condo Christmas dinners and seeing each other at the mail box discussing hockey and cars. Sending you my sincere condolences and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Garth had a life well lived, may those memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Elaine Bessie

Jan Walker

Posted at 05:58pm
Janet and family--- So sorry to hear of Garth passing-- we will miss him- such a nice guy- treasure your memories-- love Jan and Pete Walker
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Judy and Bob Sinnaeve

Posted at 08:33am
Dear Janet and family. We are so sorry to hear about Garth's passing. We have enjoyed many laughs and stories over our Lottery lunches. Please accept our sincere sympathy and thoughts. Judy & Bob Sinnaeve
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Cathy & Vince Astolfo

Posted at 09:49pm
Garth was a light in our condo community, a friendly, welcoming, and warm neighbour. When he stopped to talk, he was always had something interesting to share. He was kind and thoughtful. We will miss him terribly. We feel very sad for Janet and the rest of the family. May your memories sustain you. He was very loved. Vince and Cathy Astolfo
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