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Thomas George Smith, C.D.


Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, Electrician, RCN


Born: 11 Feb 1929, Regina, Saskatchewan


Died: 10 Apr 2019, Saanichton, British Columbia


SMITH, Thomas George - With great sadness the family of Thomas Smith, born in Regina Saskatchewan, announce his passing on April 10th, 2019, at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, with family by his side. Tom served in the Canadian Navy, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served on many different ships and was stationed on both coasts of Canada during his naval career. Tom served his country during the Korean War. When Tom retired from the navy he worked at HMC Dockyard as a marine technician. Tom and his wife Grace fell in love with the Nanoose Bay area of the island, and shortly before retiring from dockyard, they bought their retirement home in Nanoose, close to friends. For many years, Tom and Grace enjoyed the retirement life of traveling, fishing and camping. Tom loved the joy of fishing, although his family would say it was a boat ride, as fish were seldom on board. Tom also enjoyed a gin and tonic on his deck with neighbours, friends and family. He loved his motorhome and wherever it took him. Tom is predeceased by his wife Grace and daughter Sharon (Rob) Venn. Survived by sons Ric (Judi), Rod (Paula), daughter Sandy (Andy) & 6 grandchildren Kristal (Bruce), Garry (Jessica), Scott (Alycia), Sara (Dan), Jennifer (Ian), Steven (Maegan) and 3 great-grandchildren, Logan, Braeden and Nathan. We'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the staff at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, especially the extremely caring staff and volunteers of the palliative care ward. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services at 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria British Columbia, on May 18th at 10:00AM (Victoria Times Colonist 20 Apr 2019)


Ships served in:


HMCS CAYUGA - Served in Cayuga 05 Apr - 13 Aug 1948 as a LM 2c, RCN

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario 02 May 1949 - 06 Aug 1950 as an AB, RCN

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario 28 Apr 1952 - 11 Aug 1952 as a LS / P2, RCN.  Rated P2 15 Jun 1952

HMCS ANTIGONISH - Served in Antigonish 18 Mar 1953 - 22 Mar 1953 as a P2, RCN

HMCS CRUSADER - Served in Crusader 17 Aug 1953 - 04 Aug 1954 as a P2, RCN during her 2nd Korean War tour.

HMCS CRUSADER - Served in Crusader 30 May 1955 - 20 May 9157 as a P2ET4, RCN

HMCS MALAHAT - Served in Malahat 17 Feb 1958 - 18 Feb 1958 as a LS.ED4, RCN

HMCS NEW GLASGOW - Served in New Glasgow 05 May 1958 - 08 Jun 1958 as a P2ED4, RCN

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan 09 Jun 1958 - 01 Mar 1959 as a P2.ED4, RCN

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in Saguenay 02 Mar 1959 - 11 Aug 19609 as a P2ED4 / P2SN4, RCN. Rated P2SN4 01 Jan 1960

HMCS CAPE BRETON - Served in Cape Breton 14 Nov 1961 - 02 Sep 1963 as a P1SN4

HMCS YUKON - Served in Yukon 19 Sep 1966 - 11 Jan 1968 as a P1SN4, RCN / P1SN (281), C.A.F.


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(1) Tom Smith  (2-5) Certificate of Service



Tom's Smith's photo album



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(1) Tom and Grace - 1948  (2) Tom and Grace on their wedding day  (3) The wedding party



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