It is with deep sadness, that on October 3, 2020, that our father Bernard Smith, at the age of 93, passed away peacefully, in his home with his family by his side, after suffering from a recent stroke. He is survived by his sons, Gregory and Michael, his daughters, Mary Ann and Maureen, his grandsons, James Smith and Kyle Smith, his great granddaughters, Scarlett and Zoey. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Florence (October 19, 2017), two children, Terry Smith, and Karen Rigby. He is survived by his sister, Teresa (Gwen) Durand. He was predeceased by his brother, Desmond Smith. He was also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
Bernard graduated from St. Michael’s College School, St. Michael’s College University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. Bernard obtained his Queen’s Council title in l967 and was made a life member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2002. Bernard practiced law with many associates in Mimico for 50 years, including: Morris Gogek, Leonard Verbeek, Joseph McBride, Joseph Markson, Daniel Harper, and Andrew S. Hukowich.
Bernard was a founding member of the Serra Club of Toronto West and was very dedicated to the Club. He was a past President of the Club and he was a past Governor of District 26 of Serra Club International. He also served on its Canadian Council. He was responsible for the founding of the Serra Club of Montreal, the first French speaking Serra Club in the world. He was also a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
Bernard was a member of St. Gregory’s Church since 1965. He was a member of the couples and mens bridge clubs at St. Gregory’s, a long time member of the Boulevard Club and an owner of many race horses.
Bernard was noted for his humor and his fantastic memory for jokes. There was never a day he did not make at least one person smile with his humor.