July 16, 1934 – May 10, 2014
He always said it was a good day because he did not see his picture on the post office door.
Vernon was born in Kemptown, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, to James William Smith and Mildred Irene Stevens, and proud to say he was a Bluenoser!! He has two younger sisters Carol and Sharon.
He met mom on a blind date in 1952 and they were married 08 Apr 1953. There first child, Linda was born in April 1954. They moved to British Columbia in 1957, and a short time later their first son Stewart was born. Later on they had two more sons, Dale, and Darcy.
Vernon had a knack of being able to figure out and run any piece of bush machinery, in minutes, and of all the years he drove logging truck he can boast that he never rolled a truck or dumped a load. He was capable of listening to the sound of an engine running and being able to pin point exactly what was wrong with it.
They actually lived in Ft. St. James, three times. This last time he opened and operated Highway 27 Towing for 8 years. Failing health forced him to sell out. He struggled with COPD for ten years before finally succumbing to it on the 10th of May.
He put up one heck of a fight to stay with us.
He is predeceased by his father James William Smith, his first son Stewart Smith and grandson Casey.
He is survived by both his sisters, Carol and Sharon (Lloyd Unra) and his mom Mildred who is 98 years old, his devoted wife Jean, daughter Linda (Peter Connolly) and son Dale and Darcy.
He has 8 grandchildren 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
You will never realize how many people over his life time he helped get back on their feet after tough times had fallen upon them. He never asked for anything in return.
He will be missed, but never forgotten. The man left an impression with most everyone he met.
Thank you for attending this luncheon for our family to