Donald Smith

Donald Clifford Smith

Sunday, February 6th, 1944 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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Donald Clifford Smith BA, MAT

Donald Smith has passed away with his loving wife by his side at Meadows of Dorchester in Niagara Falls on Tuesday, August 4 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of 54 years to Nan (nee Irvine). He was the proud and loving father to Mike (Pat) and Becky Peters (Jeff) and the cherished grandfather of Kate and Michael Peters. He was the dear brother of Doug (Anne) and was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Dave Irvine (Arlene) in 2019 and his parents Don and Mary (2003). He is also survived by nieces and nephews. Don attended Brock University, starting the first year it opened. Later he received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Niagara University. During his teaching career, he was the English Department Head at Eastdale, Westlane, and Fort Erie Secondary Schools. He coached basketball and directed many plays. He enjoyed camping, travelling and taking photographs. He found pleasure in writing and had several articles published. Don was a talented musician, playing the cornet, trumpet, and his favourite, the flugelhorn, which he played in a Mandolin Orchestra. He loved fishing, airshows, and model trains. He took great pride in his family, enjoyed attending his grandchildren's events and especially spending time with everyone at the cottage. He was a loving, caring, gentle man of quiet strength and had a keen sense of humour. Don's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Meadows of Dorchester for their care and compassion throughout his stay there and especially to the staff on Villa Fiore during his last days. A special thank you to Bill Hlywka for all the Tim Hortons outings with Don. In keeping with Don's wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to St. David's Anglican Church, Welland, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared at
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Doriano Degano

Posted at 05:21pm
We extend our deepest sincere condolences to the Smith Family. Mr Smith was my English Teacher at Eastdale Secondary Welland in early 70’s, he was quick with his humour and extremely talented trumpet player. Our prayers will be with you during this time of sorrow ! God Bless Donald.

Kathleen Power

Posted at 11:36am
Dear Nan and family, and Doug and family,

Our family were neighbours on Diffin Drive to the Smith family for decades. My parents always held Don Sr., Mary, Don Jr. and Doug in the highest esteem.

I have an early recollection of Don and Doug as young men, sitting on the grass in the backyard, communicating with each other in sign language. They were practising this skill to better serve others in their good works with the Salvation Army.

Please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time.

Kathleen Power
Daughter of Julius and Kathleen Toth

I have an early recollection of Don and Doug
Condolences and loving thoughts are sent to you.


Karen Blair

Posted at 03:07pm
Dear Nan , you and Don were among my favourite clients at the bank. It was always such a pleasure to meet with you and Don , as were his parents Mary and Don who I knew for years.
My deepest sympathies to you his passing is such a huge loss .
God bless you and may he Rest In Peace

Andrea Ponting

Posted at 08:17am
Dear Nan and family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Don. He never spoke to you without a warm smile on his face. Nan keep all those special memories that you have made over the years close to your heart and he will always be with you. Knowing now that he is finally at peace. May God give you the strength and courage to help you through this most difficult time. Take care and God Bless.
Andrea Ponting

Ruth Halpenny

Posted at 04:57pm
Nan, I am so sorry to hear of this. I remember staff get-togethers for Ross School with you and Don. My deepest sympathy.

Ruth Halpenny

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