Russell Douglas Smith
Russell Douglas Smith, best friend, love of her life and beloved husband of Barbara Smith (nee Conway), of Calgary, AB, passed away on September 23, 2020 at the age of 82 years. Remembered for his honesty, generosity, integrity and sense of humour, this amazing man was born in Montreal, QC,
and grew up in Metis Beach, QC; and Baie-Comeau, QC. Russell joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) in 1954 in the Corp Craftsman Apprentice program- progressing through the ranks of Corporal, to reach Master Warrant Officer, offered a Commission and promoted to Lieutenant, to graduating Officer Phase training top of his class, and retiring as Major after 37 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. His career was continued with Computing Devices of Canada (CDC) as an engineer. Russell was survived by his loving wife Barbara of 60 years; his son Stephen (Sara) of Aventura FL, his two daughters Valerie, Michelle (Todd) of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Sabrina, Soroush (Claudia), Cameron (Michael), and Jessica (Brogan); plus a great dog and companion, Tobey. Russell is also survived by his siblings, Theodore (Ida) of Baie-Comeau, QC, and June (Pierre) of Metis-Sur-Mer, QC; along with in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends. Russell was predeceased by his parents, William and Gwendoline, his brothers William (Bill) Derek, Robert (Fred) Frederick, Glen Richard, and sister Gwendoline (Betty) Elisabeth Mary.
Russell was a professional solider who was faithful to country, duty and his family- that led him at the end of life to fight with strength, pride, dignity and honour. ARTE ET MARTE! A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local veteran’s legion or