Winchester Press – obit – Rev. Howard Smith
Rev. Howard Smith
A resident of Morrisburg for the past 19 years,Rev. Howard Donald Smith passed away at Winchester District MemorialHospital on Wed., May 28, 2008. He was 84.
Howard was born in Toronto to Harold and Agnes Smith (nee Gorrie).He was raised in Toronto and after high school, he served withthe army in the air force from 1943-45. In September of 1945,Howard entered teacher’s college, and after graduation, taughtschool in Port Dover and Toronto from 1946-50. Howard then changedcareer paths, deciding that he wanted to spend his life in ministry.He studied at Toronto Bible College, the University of Waterloo,and Knox College and was ordained to the Ministry of Word andSacraments in the Presbyterian Church of Canada on May 28, 1958.Howard passed away on the 50th anniversary of his ordination toministry.
While attending Knox College Howard met Isabel Ward and they weremarried at Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto on Sept. 15, 1956.Together as husband and wife they raised five children and servedthe congregations of Jarvis, Burlington, Ormstown, Norval, Winchester,and Timmins before retiring in 1989.
Howard was a man who walked the talk when it came to living aChristian life. He was a pastor who lived what he preached andhis life was fully dedicated to the Lord. Howard took the privilegeand responsibility of helping his parishioners make the connectionbetween their lives and the teachings of the Bible very seriously.He loved and cared for all people. Howard was a patient listenerwith a very gentle and humble manner and continued to ministerto others after he and Isabel retired, and to encourage them toseek a deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus.
Howard was an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the TorontoArgos, and the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition to sharing his passionfor sports with his children, he also instilled in them a loveof books and reading. Howard’s quest for knowledge and wisdomfor daily living is a legacy that he has left for his childrenand grandchildren to follow. He enjoyed swimming and going tothe family cottage and he was always keenly interested in thelives of his children and grandchildren. Howard was a blessingto all who knew and loved him.
Howard will be dearly missed by his wife of 51 years Isabel, hischildren Stephen of Barrie, Paul (Susan) of Winchester, Susan(Neil) Kittle of Winchester, and Mark of Vancouver, his five grandddaughters:Melissa, Meagan, Dana, Leah Ann, and Julia, and his siblings Murrayof Barrie, Bruce (Dolina), and Thelma Line, and dear brother-in-lawEdward Turner, all of Toronto. He was predeceased by his son Peter,his sister Jean Turner, and his brother Allan.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Fri., May 30 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A memorial servicewas held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Winchester on Sat.,May 31 at 2 pm with Rev. Floyd McPhee officiating.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the WorldVision Child Support Program would be appreciated by the family.