Smith, Gary Allan “Smitty”

smith-gary-wJune 2, 1949 – October 25, 2016
at the age of 67 years

A Service of remembrance will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00am at the Salmon Arm Seniors Activity Center, 170- 5th Ave. S.E.

Age 67. Born June 2, 1949 in Summerland BC. Died October 25, 2016 in Salmon Arm, BC.

After a bravely fought year-long battle with cancer, Gary leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Barb, daughter Kimberley (Reinhold) Krahn, and grandchildren Griffyn and Paityn, son Chris (Brandi) Smith, and grandchildren Lily and Alexis.

Gary will be remembered for his love of his family, the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, curling, golfing with Barb and for his penchant for a good chat. Remember Gary, for his incredible kindness and helping hands, always selflessly putting others ahead of himself with great love in his heart, a twinkle in his eye and a laugh that loved to be shared.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation “Palliative Care Project”, PO Box 265, Salmon Arm, V1E 4N3.



  1. Barb and family, you lost a lovely person. I never saw Gary when he was not in a happy mood, he was just such a pleasure.

  2. So sorry and shocked to see this. Gary was such a happy, friendly guy and it didn’t matter when you bumped into him, he was always up for a chat. My heart hurts for you and your family Barb. I hope you are doing well.

  3. Barb and family
    It is with great sadness we hear the news of Gary’s passing.
    He was a great guy and will be surely missed.
    So sorry for your loss.

    Carol and Grant

  4. Barb and Family: I am sorry to hear of the passing of Gary and pass on my condolences. I hung out with Gary in high school and had many good times with him. He always had that positive push to what he did. His “sense of humour” was of outstanding. My thoughts are with you and your family during this emotional time.

  5. Barb, Kimberly, Chris
    My condolences for your loss. I was saddened to hear that Gary had passed. I last saw Gary when I came out for Uncle Phil’s funeral with my dad, and had the chance to chat and catch up a bit with him at the church. I have fond memories of the many trips we made to Summerland as kids to visit Granny Blacklock, Aunty Pat and Uncle Phil, and cousins Gary, Donna, Nancy and Margaret. Gary was a bit older so I remember him as the cool teenage cousin. Lots of fun swimming, trips to Penticton for icecream with a now-illegal number of us jammed into cars and Aunty Pat’s peach pies stand out for me. I’m sure this will be a very hard time for you and the extended family.
    My thoughts are with you,

  6. Barb and Family. Gary’s classmates from the 1968 Summerland Secondary School Grad class would like to offer you and your family our sincere condolences on Gary’s passing. We were all sorry that Gary couldn’t make the reunion this past September and he was missed by all of us. We all have wonderful memories of Gary and the good times at school. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Ken Dunsdon, Liz (Orr) Souder and the kids from the Class of ’68

  7. Barb and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. I was saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. I have many fond memories of Gary from way back in the old Forest Service days to more recent times. Through bonspiels and many forest nursery conferences and meetings he was always ready with his wit and humour. Not always well timed, as I recall, but on point and honest. I respected his experience and opinion. I feel lucky to have counted him among my friends.

  8. Barb Kimberly Chris &family’s Bill and I are so sorry for your great loss. In my mind Gary’s love of life and family sums it up Barb was his best friend and he told many stories of his family mostly funny always with pride! I remember when we rode together from my house to Skimiken at 4.30 am for trenching and would laugh about how many people wondered what was going on but decided if they were up.that early they had a problem! Bill and I are.only sorry that we became friends so late.Go with god Gary See you on the other side

  9. Barb, Kim and Chris.
    I am so so sad to receive this news. We had such a good time with you guys when we lived next door. Gary was the best, with personality plus.
    His greatest love was for his family and friends, and laughter.
    There are no words I can say for your loss
    Kathy Cutting.

  10. Thinking about you Barb and your family.
    We have such fond memories of Friday night curling and what a great time we had with you and Gary.
    Gary was such a fun guy always so happy to see us and stop for a chat.
    You and your family will have many special family memories to treasure

  11. Barb we are sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I will always remember his funny jokes & laughter. He was such a kind man & love of his family & friends.
    Ann Tweeddale & Bob Bjarnason

  12. RIP G-Guy. You will be missed. I so enjoyed our 28 years working together. All the shared family photos, grandchildren stories and those silly jokes. I will miss the every Thursday afternoon email with more jokes and an invitation to stop for a glass of wine with you and Barb on my way home from work. You were such a good friend. G-Guy stood for so many things, but to me it will always mean Good-Hearted, Generous, a Great-Guy. Our love and prayers to Barb, Kim, Chris and their families.

    Pat & Don Matheson

  13. To Barb and her family; Both my husband and I had a chance to meet Gary at Skimikin. We have been a supplier to them for years. He will be remembered for his contagious laugh, always so positive and his interesting conversations.

    Sending you our sincere condolences.
    France & Barry McIntosh

  14. Barb and family,
    We are so sad to hear about Gary. He was a great friend, warm and generous and funny. We have wonderful memories of the hilarious times we spent with the two of you. We send our love to you, Kim, Chris and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ron Norman and Joan Young

  15. Dear Barb and family,
    Robin and I were so very sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. His smile, laugh, and “goofy” jokes will be missed. His open-hearted kindness, selflessness and generosity that blessed all who knew him, will always be remembered. Please know that our thoughts, and prayers are with you and your family.
    Dona and Robin Campbell

  16. Barb & family. We are also sadden to hear of Gary’s passing. He will be fondly remembered for his jokes and chatter. We are so sorry for your loss and hope you find warmth and strength in your family and friends.
    Jerry & Debbie Jones

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