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RICHARD SMITH (published on May 06, 2009)



RICHARD SMITH It is with a mix of sadness and relief that we announce the death of Richard Smith. Richard died quickly and peacefully after a long struggle with M.S. at Tache Centre in Winnipeg on May 1, 2009. Richard was born on November 15, 1943 in Vancouver, BC to Richard W. Sr. and Helen Smith. He grew up in Winnipeg, graduated from Kelvin High School and went on to get a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and later an MSW from McGill. His social work career included working with youth in Verdun through the Montreal YMCA, as a social planner for the city of Edmonton, for the Uncles at Large program in Edmonton, for Children's Aid Society in Fort Frances, Ontario, for Knowles Centre in Winnipeg and lastly for Family Centre of Winnipeg. Other evidence of his concern for others was organizing volunteers at Oxford United Church to bag bread for Winnipeg Harvest and his ongoing sponsorship of two foster children with World Vision. Richard loved sports and could always be seen wearing a St. Louis Cardinal's baseball hat. He was a great golfer and jogger and cheered on his daughters in soccer and baseball. A resident at Tache Centre since 1994, Richard will be remembered as a gentle spirit, handsome and dignified to the end. The family extends their love and gratitude to the Tache staff for the exceptional loving care they provided. Richard is survived by his loyal wife Lillian of 35 years, daughters Suzie (Justin) and Jen, stepmother Corinne, brother Thomas (Peggy), nieces Christine (Travis), Sarah (Patrick), nephew Andrew and their children. A service in his memory will be held on Friday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow reception. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Richard's honour to Winnipeg Harvest or Tache Centre. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C 0X4 783-7211 Send expressions of sympathy at www.mem.com


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