Smith, Roy

Smith, Roy

September 10th, 2020

January 14, 1939 ~ September 10, 2020

Suddenly, at his residence, on Thursday, September 10, 2020, Roy passed away in his 82nd year. Beloved husband and best friend to Betty Ann. Devoted father to Susan (Andre), Kristen (Tom), and Vicki (Bill). He will be dearly missed by his precious grandchildren: Nicholas (Liz), Benjamin, Karlee, Bradley, Danielle, and Holly. Roy came from a large family of nine boys and he is survived by his three brothers: Don (Dolly), Jerry (Diane), and Reg (Judy). He is predeceased by: Ken, Harold, Bob, Jack, and Frank. Roy worked for the London Fire Department for 38 years, retiring as a Platoon Chief, and loved every day of it. He was an excellent athlete and was well-known in the city for his hockey, baseball, basketball, bowling, and golf skills. Roy will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all that knew him. Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral service. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 


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Cathy ReevesWe were so sorry to hear this sad, sad, news. We loved Uncle Roy very much and always had lots of laughs. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with Aunt Betty, Sue, Kris, Vickie and their families. Love Cathy, Mark, Matt and Luke.
Toby and Terry WhalenBetty, we were very saddened to hear of Roy's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences to you and the entire family. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend and will be deeply missed. Toby and Terry.
Eunice and Tony MckinleyEunice and I are very sorry to hear of Roy's passing and send our deepest sympathy to Betty Ann and his girls. Roy was a great person to work with and had exceptional athletic skills. Roy will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless and in our prayer's forever. Tony and Eunice
Rob GriffithsOur deepest condolences to your family. I loved our morning conversations at the bus stop while waiting for the kids to head off to school. Roy was an amazing human being and I hope you find peace. Very sorry for your loss.
Clare and Sheryl ShantzKristen and Smith family. we are sorry to hear this news. He was always such a nice man who loved his girls. This will certainly be a difficult time for all of you. Please know you will be in our prayers.
Marlene TurnerRoy's love for Betty and his family can never be taken away. Know that Roy is there with you always. Heart broken and so very sorry for your loss........... Grandma Marlene
Don Mahood My sincere condolences in Roys passing - he was one of the really great guys a real gentleman and superb athlete Don Mahood
Tim CondonAs a long-time neighbour of the Smith family, I can attest to the fact that Roy will be missed by all who knew him. I'll remember Roy as a big kid who was always up for sports of all kinds, and wasn't shy about sharing what he had learned with younger people. He gave generously of his time, having coached juvenile hockey with my dad, sometimes as early as 5 am. Besides sports, he was the guy to call on when, say, your basement TV was on fire. Roy took care of that small fire and was a light himself for so many, myself included. My sincerest condolences to Betty, Susan, Kristen, Vicki and the rest of the clan.
Huck & Linda NortonHuck & I have fond memories of playing volleyball at Riverside P.S. and laughing - a lot - with Roy and Betty Ann. He was a pleasure to know and will be missed a lot.
Julie TerVrugt Dear Susan and family, Our deep condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dear dad. Take care. Julie and Kevin
Jerry SmithSo sorry to hear the sudden passing of Roy. We pray the love of family and friends will help you get through this difficult time. May Roy rest in peace. Sincerely, Diane and Jerry and Family
Janice Mitchell and Pat KeatingBetty, Vick, Susan, Kristen and the rest of the wonderful Smith clan and extended family, We are so deeply saddened to hear of Roy's loss. He was a true example of what humanity should strive for....kind, caring, giving to family and others, and a great sense of humour. I will never forget how Roy helped host a pre-teen backyard Halloween party ...and dressing the role. That will always make me smile! He will be in our hearts always. Much love from up north, Janice and Pat.
Carl BritanRoy was the first DC that I met as a Volunteer Firefighter after annexation. I worked with him also as a DC and PC after joining the LFD full time. He was a great man, firefighter and Chief. RIP Brother
Mike OllsonI worked with Roy when he was a Captain and later as a Chief. He was well respected and a good firefighter. R.I.P. Brother.
Peter Rowanvery sad to hear this. I worked with Roy and he was well respected. my condolences
Allison Zietsma (Daigle)Betty Ann I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Roy. I only met him once, but he was such a gentleman and we could see the great love he had for you. I know this will be such a difficult time for your whole family--sending you love and condolences.
Sam StephensonI worked with Roy for several years. He was a great Captain, Chief, and mentor. Very fond memories. My condolences.
Ana and Oldemiro Amara;Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our deepest condolences.
Dawn & Frank JosephMrs. Smith and Family. We would like to send our sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Smith. He was a dedicated London Firefighter for many years and enjoy it to the fullest. Mostly his love, dedication and loyalty to his family was the most important thing to him! He was a fantastic husband, father and Grandfather! Always having the time to do everything and anything those crazy girls got him into! There are lots of stories to be told about the annual Boxing Day Sale at Kingsmills! He always had time to sit and visit whenever you popped by. I was honoured to be part of numerous family occasions and he made you feel right at home! Mr. Smith will be missed so very much by his family and friends!! I can tell you he will be playing sports up there and that hip won't be bothering him one bit! He has certainly earned his wings!! He will be always watching over the family, and he will forever be in the hearts of those he touched!!
Chuck Daigle and Barb RosserBetty Ann and Family. We are saddened to hear of Roy's sudden passing. Although we only had the opportunity to meet a few times we were always struck by the love and warmth that radiated within your household. Roy was the ultimate gentleman, one conversation with him and it was like you knew him for years. May your love of family hold you tight and help you through this time. Our sincere condolences.
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