Don Smithson, a resident of Morrisburg for the past 59 years, passed away at home on Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013. He was 81.
Don was born in Meaford on Oct. 18, 1932 to his parents, Edgar and Mary Smithson (nee Heron). He moved to Morrisburg in 1954 to work for Ontario Hydro’s relocation department for the St. Lawrence Seaway. On Oct. 27, 1956, he married Linda Casselman, and together they had two daughters, Pamela and Christie. Later, he worked as a salesman for various concrete companies, owned Smithson Convenience Store, then worked for McGillis Home Hardware before working, until retirement, as manager at the Morrisburg Arena.
Don is survived by his wife, Linda, his daughters, Pamela Dawn Ropars (Paul) of Winchester, and Christie Lynn Byvelds (Pat) of Williamsburg, his grandchildren, Amanda Hodgson (Scott), Mark Byvelds (Christie), Danielle Ropars (Nick), Nicole Ropars, and his great-grandchildren, Olivia Hodgson and Marek Byvelds. He is also survived by his sisters, Anne Hunter (Barry) of Meaford, and Arlene Boothe (Jim) of Wasaga Beach, his brother, Shawn Smithson (Connie) of Meaford, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family.
A private family service will be held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg at a later date. Interment of cremated remains will be at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com