William "Bill" David Smith


Obituary For William "Bill" David Smith

It is with broken hearts that we’ve said goodbye to our father, grandfather, husband, brother, and uncle following complications due to emergency surgery. Missing him deeply are his children Lori (David Todd), David (Angie) & Stephen (Sharon O’Brien); wife Catherine and her children Patricia & Michael and their families; sister Ada (Jane Williams); brother Hector (Margo); grandchildren John-David & Emily, Ryan & Cory, and Shauna; his dog Rosie & cat Emmy. He was pre-deceased by parents Hector & Charity.

Born in Sydney and raised in Louisbourg, Bill’s passion and love for the sea began at an early age. He fished with his father, attended cadets and was known for his skill mending nets and baiting trawl. He married, moved to Dartmouth and began a 25 year career with the Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans. He built his dream home in Boylston with his second wife Catherine. With a work ethic like no other, once retired he learned the trade of Christmas tree shearing. Spare time was spent fishing smelt and brown trout on the Guysborough River always with his Ducktoller by his side.

His strength and determination was an inspiration to all who knew him. In the words of his favourite song, Wild Colonial Boy, he’d “fight but not surrender” to anything including alcoholism (25 years sober), lymphoma, chronic pain and more. Losing mobility was a big blow but he faced it like a trooper, cruising through the kitchen on his walker and then wheelchair, whipping up meals he found on line (Bobby Flay was a favourite), checking out Instapot recipes, and making his famous smoked salmon. He loved using technology to stay in touch with everyone, including his grandkids who he adored. He wasn’t just a wonderful grandfather, he was the best - patient and loving, teaching them his favourite songs, how to fish, use his ride-on mower, ATV and boat.

In May, he and Catherine moved back to Dartmouth. It was such a great summer with BBQs, family visits, and the occasional game of crib, which he still always won. But at the end of August, his time came to surrender. A sincere thanks to the team at the Dartmouth General for their exceptional care before, during and following the surgery.

Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered at sea, the place he loved so much. He didn’t want a funeral; instead his family will celebrate his life over a meal, sharing memories and likely arguing over who is the best cook while listening to his John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, and Celine Dion CDs. If you wish to donate in his memory, please consider the Canadian Cancer Society, your local hospital or the SPCA.

Goodnight Wild Colonial Boy. You have left this earth, but you’ll be forever in our hearts.

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  • 11/08/2022

    So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. When I started with DFO in 1977, I was assigned to work with Bill and assist him as a port technician. He had plenty of patience for a kid from Ontario and I remember our many trips sampling fish together at various ports and at sea. My last visit with Bill in Boylston was in late winter and I dropped in on the way to Larry's River. He was smelting on the ice and I walked out for a visit, he saw the DFO truck and thought I was a fisheries officer. Gave him quite a start until he saw it was me. Bill loved to impart his knowledge on to me and he helped me in so many ways

  • 09/11/2022

    Lori, David, John David and Emily, We are very sorry for the loss of your father, father in law and grandfather. Our thoughts are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. Lynn Kazamel-Boudreau, John Boudreau and family

  • 09/11/2022

    Our deepest condolences to Lori (David Todd), David (Angie), Stephen (Sharon), Catherine and grandchildren. May your fond memories of your dad/husband/grandfather, bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Bill was a wonderful neighbour and friend. May he rest in peace.

  • 09/09/2022

    David . Angie , Ryan and Cory . So sorry for your loss ❤️Thoughts and prayers for your whole family . Love the O'Donnells

  • 09/09/2022

    Goodbye old friend. We had many good times together especially on sea trips. Bill will be missed by everyone who knew him as he was larger than life. Our condolences to the family. Daryl & Janet

  • 09/08/2022

    Sincere condolences to the entire family.

  • 09/08/2022

    Dear Lori, thinking about you and your family at this difficult time.

  • 09/08/2022

    Our sincere condolences to the entire family on the passing of Bill. May he Rest In Peace. Tom @ Rose

  • 09/08/2022

    So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers xo

  • 09/08/2022

    My Sincerest Condolences and deepest sympathies to the entire family, especially my colleague and friend Lori, on the passing of your father. May his soul rest in eternal peace

  • 09/08/2022

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family. Bill was always someone everyone looked up to, literally and figuratively. As a kid, Bill was always kind and respected by everyone.

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