Charles Smith, a lifetime resident of the Chesterville area passed away suddenly at home on Thurs., April 11, 2013. He was 76.
Charles was born in Chesterville on Oct. 11, 1936, to parents Lloyd and Lola Smith (nee Hummel), and he lived his entire life on the farm along the Nation River, which has been in the Hummel-Smith families for three generations, having been purchased and worked by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Helen Hummel.
After school was finished, he worked the dairy farm and maintained a close connection to the land. Pond hockey was always a favourite pastime. This interest made him a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and he never lost hope in his team. He belonged to a bowling league, and was a Royal Canadian Legion member. He and his good friends and local farmers, Russell Servage and Bob McLaughlin, volunteered as bar tenders at the legion for many years, which provided a social outlet.
He presided over the large family gatherings held at the farm each holiday, and each occasion presented an opportunity for hijinks and practical jokes that kept his nieces and nephews enthralled. Many hours were spent on the banks of the river fishing with his childhood friends, Jerome Masterson and Stewart Edgerton. A generation later, many of the children growing up on Loucks Road, including the Kelly’s and the Ball’s, were also close to him.
When Charles went to Chesterville for errands he always had his faithful collie dog, Ruby, riding next to him in the pick-up truck. He had an affection for the animals that made the farm their home, many as pets, such as horses, goats, barn cats, and a long string of faithful farm dogs.
Charles is survived by his siblings, Marjorie Wouters (Louis), Donnie Smith, and Helen Baker (John), all of Chesterville, and his brother-in-law, Keith Russell (Norma) of Mariatown. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Lois Russell, and his great-nephew, Lucas McCrea. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Mon., April 15 from 10 am until time of the funeral service at 1 pm, which was conducted by Rev. Robert Martin, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Doug Russell, Jeff Smith, Greg Baker, Christopher Kelly, Terry Kearsley, and Tony McCadden.
Donations to the O.S.P.C.A. or St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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