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Smith, William

December 26, 1937 - March 6, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of William Harry Smith.  He was born on Dec 26th, 1937 in Bulyea, Saskatchewan and left us on March 6th, 2018 while relaxing in his favorite chair.

He is survived by his best friend and Wife of 25 years, Verna Van Druten Smith, his ex Wife Marlene, his cherished Children and Grandchildren:  Joey Smith ( Julie), Matthew and Brianne, Debbie Smith, Judy Williams ( Stephen), David, Tibey and Samantha along with his Step Children and Grand Children from Saskatchewan:  Beata Van Berkom and Zeger, Naomi Van Berkom ( Kent), Christina and Clayton.

Bill joined the navy at a young age and traveled to many places while serving.  It was while he was stationed in Esquimalt that he would settle there  and marry Marlene.  Starting a family was something he cherished so he left the navy for a more stationary job.  He started his lumber career at BCFP in Victoria.  Joey was soon born and a move to Chemainus, along with a new job as a PLIB inspector created the start of a new chapter in his life.   Soon after, his first little girl Debbie was born.  Years later, after his second little girl Judy was born, he branched out on his own opening Bill Smith Forest Products.

Marrying Verna in 1993, they settled in Chemainus and created a new branch to BSFP called Logsmith Homes.  Together they built beautiful log homes and had the time of their lives traveling on their foreign adventures.  They had many road trips over the years, learning new things, creating, socializing and singing.  It was never hard to find him, one just had to listen for his whistle or hear his tenor voice radiating a tune.

Throughout all the years of Bill’s profession he will be remembered as a man that always lent a hand, gave a fair deal and built his business on a handshake and a promise.  He was honest, generous and gave many people a chance.  He was intelligent, conscientious, kind, patient and never had a bad word to say.  Bill was tremendously hard working and a true gentleman.

To his family he was all of these things and more.  He had an infectious smile and  an innate ability to make you feel safe, and to put you at ease. He lit up a room with his presence, his laughter, and with his jokes and sense of humor.

Bill retired in 2015 and in his short retirement he spent many days building on to his home.  He looked forward to the times he could spend with his family filling every occasion with love, laughter, and food.  He was always there for some solid advice, a warm cup of tea and a strong hug usually followed by cookies or ice cream, two things he was profoundly passionate about.

He left his special mark on this world.  Bill has left a lasting memory for all of us.

Not only was he an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend but a shining example of how to life our lives with love and kindness.

” It is hard to forget someone that has given so much for us to remember ”




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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Deanna Wrate
Relation: Friend

Verna and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed. His laughter and smile. And the many good times we have shared.
Cherish your memories.
Love you very much. <3

From: Colin Campbell
Relation: He was best friends with my dad for many years

We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He and my dad we lifelong friends. They shared many great times together traveling, laughing and enjoying each others company. They would constantly play practical jokes on each other as only best friends can! We will always remember his beaming smile and laugh. I know Bill and my dad are together once again. Our condolences to Verna and his kids.

From: Jim & Kathy Ongarato
Relation: Close friend

“My Little Buddy” will always be my expression for Bill. Knowing him brings joy in so many ways. Laughter, compassion, wit, humor, love to name only a few, barely touch describing him. My heart is heavy but it is definitely richer for having him in our lives.

From: Carol & Henry Gottardi
Relation: friend

Dear Verna and family, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to you on Bill’s passing. You are in our thoughts.

From: Beata Van Berkom
Relation: Step Daughter

Bill was a wonderful gift to our family. He was a wonderful husband to my mother for many many years. He was always the favourite of his grandchildren. The best memory I have is the Christmas he decided to dress as Santa and surprise the children on Christmas Eve. He dressed up and ran around the outside of the house with Jingle Bells and a bag full of gifts. The children went crazy screaming running and hiding when he came into the house. He certainly knew how to bring magic fun and laughter to every family event. He was a wonderful step father always very kind and supportive to me personally. I will miss him greatly and I’m a better person for knowing him. Thank you Opal, for your life, love and laughter.

From: Beata G Van Berkom
Relation: Step Daughter

Bill was a wonderful husband to my mother for many many years. A favorite of his grandchildren one of my most special memories is the year he dressed up as Santa Claus. The kids were quite young and thrilled with his dressing up and ringing Jingle Bells outside the house. He was always wonderful with the kids. Once he entered the house they went crazy screaming running around and hiding. Bill was a great step dad always very supportive kind and loving. He will be greatly missed by the grandchildren his children and stepchildren and anybody who knew him. Thank you Opa for your life love and laughter.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
March 25, 2018
Beginning at 11:00am

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC V9L 6W3

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC V9L 6W3

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