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David Harold Smith

January 30, 1961 ~ May 28, 2018 (age 57)

With immense sadness, sorrow, and beyond belief we announce the passing of our loving husband and father, son and brother, friend and colleague. He will be remembered by his devoted wife Linda (Wright), his daughters Juliana and Stephanie (Christopher Hannon), son Tyler (Stephanie, Aoife and Ciara McGrath), his father Harold, sisters Judy (Tony Allen) and Lori (Andrea Abouna and David Boucher), and his many dear relatives and friends he considered family. Dave got his trade ticket at an early age and set out for an amazing career in the automotive industry that spanned almost 40 years. Dave worked with Koos and Ton, his mentors at Reineking Paint for 10 years and was then “traded” to AkzoNobel. He spent the past 25 years demonstrating his versatility and passion in numerous positions and locations for AkzoNobel. Dave’s love and passion for cars and paint came naturally.  His father, uncle and cousins were all involved in the same industry. He touched and influenced many lives. Dave cared about the industry but more importantly he cherished the relationships he was building. He was genuinely a good guy. His positive attitude, dedication and influence will be greatly missed by his many respected and admired associates and colleagues. Dave was an avid sports enthusiast.  He loved that crazy game of golf, downhill skiing (those nasty snow snakes) and F1 racing (Go team McLaren!).  He continued to cheer for the Canucks even when Toronto became his home team.   We are hopeful he can pull some strings and bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada soon. Dave enjoyed spending time with friends from all across the world, but he especially loved his holidays in Hawaii. Dave will be in good hands with the Grace of God. His mother Mylene (Bischke) was there to greet him with open arms. Let’s have a celebration of his life in full colour. A funeral service will be held at St. Luke’s Parish on Friday June 22, 2018 at  11:00am, followed by a celebration of Dave’s life in the Parish Hall.  Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Dave’s family through www.evanjstrong.com.  If friends so desire, the family requests that you consider making a donation to a charity of your choice that engages in helping families who were victims of violence, or to the Shepherd Center of Atlanta, Georgia (2020 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 USA; 1 404-352-2020; https://www.shepherd.org/). Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES.  (403) 265-1199. "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

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