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John Smedley

December 28, 1963 - January 25, 2017


It is with profound sorrow and shock that we announce the unexpected passing of Jack Smedley.  Jack was born in Toronto, Ontario, and spent many happy years there. He attended the Toronto Waldorf School for 14 years, forging many strong friendships, and creating many great memories. After graduating from high school he attended Trent University in Peterborough Ontario, earning a degree in business administration, and meeting his ex wife and mother of his dear daughter Shaelagh. 

Eager to spread his wings, and with the encouragement of his cousins and the support of his aunts and uncles, he made the big move west to Calgary. However, with the exception of the birth of his daughter, things just didn't work out that well, and he was never able to feel at home in Calgary. Then, in the fall of 2015, he suffered a major fall, and injured his back severely. He was no longer able to work.  In the spring of last year, Jack made the decision to move to Vancouver Island to start a new life for himself and help his parents in Duncan. His daughter joined him a few months later. He loved Vancouver Island. Being by the ocean, the warmer climate and the quieter life suited him just fine. He and Shaelagh had great plans to finally find a nice place to live, and get their lives back on track. 

Jack was kind, fun loving, had a quirky sense of humour, and always made friends wherever he went. Thanks to Facebook he was able to reconnect with so many of them over the last years, and as can be seen in the many comments and words of condolences, he was well loved. He was also able to connect with many of his relatives in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada.

Jack is survived by his parents Eric and Irene Smedley, his sister Elaine (“Sister”), his niece and nephew Rhianon and Evan, and his brother in-law Todd. We will all miss him immensely, but especially his 19 year old daughter, his pride and joy, the love of his life and best friend.



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From: Irith Sajet
Relation: The Toronto Waldorf School

Dear Jack, your untimely death has caused a seismic shift in my world. I find it difficult to believe that you’ve left us to muddle on without you. I will miss your kindness, your herding instinct in getting and keeping the graduating class of ’82 together on FaceBook, your sense of humour, your updates on the apple of your eye Shaelagh and your appreciation of a heavy Dutch accent. I find myself tearing up countless times a day since hearing of your passing. My thoughts are with you, your family and especially with your daughter. Sending much love your way. Veel Liefs, Irith

From: Jane Morrison
Relation: Friend

Dearest Jack.
I will never forget the first day we met. It’s actually one of my first memories at Waldorf school. I first saw you in the little church in grade two.You had incredibly blonde hair. You smiled at me and we became instant friends.

It had been such a long time since we touched base and I was so happy to talk to you just two months ago. You told me you had a beautiful daughter, but that life had been challenging.
We agreed to meet in March.
I was so excited to see you again. We couldn’t wait to share all of our stories.
Jack, I’m so sorry it took so long for us to reconnect.
Now you are gone and I miss you all over again.
I know you wouldn’t have wanted to leave so soon.
We all loved you, Jack Smedley.
We will always love you.
I’ll see you on the other side.
Always and forever, your oldest friend.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 7, 2017
Beginning at 11:00am

HW Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey road
Duncan, BC Canada

5285 Polkey road
Duncan, BC Canada

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