Alexander SMITH

ALEXANDER GUILMANT SMITH 1914 – 2008 “Lived for his grandkids” Alec Smith, born in Cheltenham, England, in 1914, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 26 at Moog and Friends Hospice, Penticton. He was 94. Barbara, his wife of 67 years, predeceased him in December 2005, at age 95. Barbara and Alec lived in Summerland, retiring there after living in England, Vancouver, Penticton and Peachland. There were three sons, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren (with one more on the way). Eldest son Bruce (Janet) predeceased him in 2006. Ben (Penny) of White Rock, and Hugh of Campbell River, miss him dearly. Alec was a production engineer by trade and earned the title A.M.I. Prod.E. He served in the R.E.M.E. in WWII. They lived in Birmingham and then Bracknell, England. Alec and Barbara and their three sons emigrated from England to Vancouver in 1957. Alec, Barbara and Hugh moved to West Bench in Penticton in 1959. Alec owned a paint shop at 444 Main Street and later built Seclusion Bay Resort, north of Peachland. They then retired to Victoria Road, Summerland. Always active, Alec enjoyed the outdoors and loved tinkering in his sheds which were filled with electronic gear. He supported Barbara in her musical endeavours including teaching violin and setting up the Okanagan Valley Symphony Orchestra. He was “a perfect grandfather” and loved to entertain his grandchildren by empowering them to play in ingenious (and often daring) ways at the house and property when they visited. No funeral by request.

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