On the afternoon of Friday, November 1, 2019 Richard Arthur Smyth took his last breath at Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre at the age of 87 years.
Art wore many hats. He worked for the CPR, was a land surveyor for Canadian Utilities and retired as an educator; where he was both a teacher and principal. Playing an immense role in starting the Drayton Valley 55 Plus Recreation Centre made him one of its greatest supporters. Art had many loves – the mountains, playing softball, painting, building, steam trains, but his greatest love would always be that of his family.
Arthur will forever be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Doreen (Peter) Neilley; granddaughter, Heather Neilley (Craig Nevin); great-grandchildren, Tas Froese, Mya Nevin and Remi Nevin; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
He is predeceased by his precious wife of 59 years, Betty; son, Jim; grandson, Dean; great-grandson, Dakota and Brother, Ted.
Arthur’s family is extremely grateful to Dr. Froud, Dr. Frobb and Dr. Thomson, along with all nurses and support staff at Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre for the exceptional care and compassion provided.
In honour of Richard Arthur Smyth, a celebration of his life will be held at Drayton Valley 55 Plus Recreation Centre, 5138 52 Avenue, Drayton Valley on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:00 am with Dwayne Henley officiating. For his eastern family and friends, a celebration of his life will be held at Streamstown Hall on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
For those who wish to do so, please make memorial donations directly to the Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation’s Palliative Care Campaign, 4550 Madsen Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1N8 or to the Mazankowski Heart Institute, 11220 83 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7.
Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Licensed Funeral Director - 780.542.3338
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