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Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2021

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SMITH: Harold Lorne Smith passed away peacefully, with family by his side, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at the age of 98 years. He was born and raised in Dauphin, Manitoba where he met his wife Heather Lois (née Birss), to whom he was married for 65 years. An Air Force veteran, Harold earned his wings on August 14, 1942 in Dunnville, Ontario. During the Korean War he rejoined the RCAF subsequently serving as an F-86 Sabre pilot in 4 Wing Germany. Before retiring from the Rivers Air Base, Manitoba in 1968, he flew Arctic Reconnaissance in the Second World War Lancaster bombers from Uplands Airport, Ottawa. He then became a long-time resident of High River, Alberta where he worked as a car salesman, real estate agent and hobby beekeeper. His travel interests were facilitated by his self-restored Airstream before progressing to RVs. An outdoors person, he loved fishing, camping and visits to 'The Farm'. In 2005, Harold and Heather moved to Brandon to be closer to family. Harold was predeceased by spouse Heather and grandson Adrian. He is survived by two children: Lorne Smith (Corinne) and Judy McIntosh (Andy); four grandchildren: Jennifer, Jared, Kyle and Felicity and six great-grandchildren: Zach, Tyler, Owen, Stella, Ruby and Arabella. Remembered by family and friends as "Mr. Fix It"; he was extremely knowledgeable and studied/ researched a variety of subjects, including nutrition -through manuals, books and the internet. He strived to live the healthiest life possible and made his own bread and soup regularly. Harold was very proud to have stayed in his own home until August of this year. He managed his diabetes, for over 50 years, using an insulin pump for the last 26 years. Special thanks to the army of home care workers who made daily house calls during COVID and latterly to all the attentive staff assigned to the Assiniboine Centre along with Dr. T. Fourie and Rev. Joe Ball. As per Harold's request, no formal service will be held. Donations in memory of Harold may be made to Diabetes Canada, 401-1 Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4C6; The Canadian Lung Association, 885 Meadowlands Dr., Suite 502, Ottawa ON, K2C 3N2; or Seniors for Seniors, 311 Park Ave E, Brandon, MB R7A 7A4 or to a charity of your choice.

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Publish Date: Nov 27, 2021

SMITH: Harold Lorne Smith passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Assiniboine Centre on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at the age of 98 years. Harold will be lovingly remembered by his children, Lorne (Corinne) Smith, Judy (Andy) McIntosh, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A family celebration of Harold's life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Harold may be made to Diabetes Canada, 401 - 1 Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4C6 or to The Lung Association Manitoba, 825 Sherbrook St, Rm 204, Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1M5 or Seniors for Seniors Co-op Inc., 311 Park Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7A4. Complete obituary information to follow.

Publish Date: Nov 6, 2021

As published in Brandon Sun on Nov 06, 2021, Nov 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • To Lorne and Family, Judy and Family. Our condolences for the loss of your Dad. I always called him "Uncle Harold" and very much respected him for his knowledge, thoughts, and general outlook on so many things. He was a great friend of my Dad's and was my parents best man when they were married. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Chris and Bev Wells (friend) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • To Judy and Family. It was with sorrow I read of your father's passing in the Brandon Sun. Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones. Evelyn Skinner - Posted by: Evelyn Skinner (old friend) on: Nov 06, 2021

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