SMITH, Russell Hugh

                        (WWII Veteran, The Governor General's Horse Guards)

Peacefully at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa on Saturday, January 12th, 2019.  Russell, in his 100th year.  Beloved husband of the late Julia (née Knox) for 71 years.  Loving father of Wendy Gregoire, Jill Drinkill and late husband David.  Beloved Grandfather of Heather Ramsay and husband Scott; Cindi Gregoire; Brett Gregoire and wife Meghann; Kevin, Brandon and Matthew Drinkill.  Great-grandfather of Kyle Ramsay and wife Alexandra and Jordan Ramsay and girlfriend Laura.  Brother of Barbara Thompson and predeceased by his other brothers and sisters.  Relatives and friends may call at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Friday, January 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  A memorial service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 2:00 PM.  Donations in memory of Russell can be made to The Salvation Army.  Online condolences can be shared at



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  • Jan 14, 2019

    Brad & Dori
    I would like to send my condolences to my Aunts and Cousins.  Pop Smith was a very kind and wonderful man. I was so fortunate to have known him and spend so many wonderful times with Nan and Pop up at the lake.  As a child Brady Lake was such an important place to me and I always looked forward to going there.  As the years went on, I had the opportunity to bring my daughter Victoria and my son Jack up as well.  Pop and Nan were always so gracious playing games and teaching us all so much. I have met a lot of people in my lifetime but no one like Nan and Pop.  God bless from all of us, a true gentleman that will never be forgotten.
    With love Brad, Dori & Family
  • Jan 14, 2019

    Wilma, Janice, Bev, Dom, Marissa, Jordyn & James
    Who knew that when we began looking for a summer cottage over thirty years ago we would be lucky enough to find one beside two of the most amazing people in the world.  What a privilege it was to spend time with Russell and Judy.  Whether it was playing cards, having dinner, or just sitting having a drink the memories that were made will be cherished forever.  It is hard to believe we won't be seeing them coming up the driveway again.  Never goodbye...just till we meet again...xoxoxoxoxo
  • Jan 15, 2019

    Omid Nassiri
    Wendy (and family),
    I would like to extend my condolences to you and your entire famil yon passing of your wonderful father. He was truly a Canadian hero. you always talked about him and how lovely and kind he was and although I never got to meet him in person, the memories you share expressed the wonderful father he was. may he rest in peace.  
  • Jan 15, 2019

    Michelle Holmes
    Wendy I  am so sorry to hear that your dad has passed.  I remember your stories about him, and I know how much he meant to you and your family. I hope those memories will be a comfort as you all celebrate his life. 
    Thinking of you and sending my love.
  • Jan 15, 2019

    Rick Gregoire
    Russell was a well respected man and will be sadly missed by all those that knew him.
    To me he was a great father-in-law and a good friend.
    Rest in peace Russell as you reach your final destination to be reunited with Judy again.  
  • Jan 15, 2019

    Sallie Newsham
    Ramsay's, I am so sad to read of your grandfather's/great grandfather's passing. 100 years.  That is amazing.  Hugs to all of you.
  • Jan 16, 2019

    Fame Risorto
    So sorry for your families loss. 
    The little we had seen him at Alex and Kyles wedding , his jokes about his perspective on husband’s and wives were incredibly funny. 
    He captivated everyone with his warmth and humour. 
    He will be missed. 
    Love Fame and John Risorto
  • Jan 16, 2019

    Connie Lyons
    Wendy, Jill and families. We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was the most amazing man and he was loved dearly by all who had the honour of knowing him. We will always remember Uncle Russell with great happiness and much love. You have been very lucky to have such amazing parents in your life for so many years. 
    Our thoughts and Love are with you in your time of sorrow. 
    Love Connie and Terry
  • Jan 16, 2019

    Donna and Jack Warren
    Wendy, Jill and families
    So sorry for your loss! Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs! Uncle Russell was a great man and will be missed by so many people! It was an honor to know such a great man!
    Love Donna and Jack
  • Jan 16, 2019

    Jo-Ann & Ted Lyon
    Wendy Jill & families",..
      soo very sorry on ur Dad's passing ...He was a wonderful son,Brother, husband, Uncle,dad,& friend... 
      He had an amazing sense of humour..Ted & Him always trading jokes at all the Smith gatherings... Uncle Russell & Aunt Judy were special people, loving & caring...  My parents & us kids always exchanged lots of visits with your family! The Smiths were always close & enjoyed each other a lot. Your Dad & Mom were kind & generous to all...! Out of 12 syblings  eleven have now  passed away, Aunt Barb Smith Thompson 2nd youngest is still living, young & beautiful in her 92nd year...The oldest being  Aunt Thelma Smith Arbour  born in Eng 1909-d-1996 toronto... your dad bein 3rd oldest,& my dad Frederick 2nd oldest ..This era is  slowly coming to an end... with many many Great.&.great great great great  grandchildren to carry on our Grandparents lives & legacies'--Our Grandmother & our dad's mother Beatrice Amelia Pooley  Minskip Smith whom everyone called Maw-- B-1887 Eng-D1963 Toronto, would be proud of the family today ...Your Dad & mum were always a gentleman & a lady..& they're together once more in Heaven after 71 years of marriage...
      Sending big hugs & much love  God Bless you all . Jo-Ann & Ted Lyon xxoo          
  • Jan 19, 2019

    Billie & Don McDougall and Family
    We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Russell.  He was a good man and friend to many.  Your extended family of friends are in bereavement today.  I met Russell when I worked at the CIBC in the mid 1950's and worked along side his wonderful wife Judy.  We had many a good time with Russell and Judy through the years.   May it help to ease the pain of knowing that our heartfelt thoughts and care are with family and friends.  We are sorry that we cannot be with you today due to health reasons.  Our sincere condolences and prayers.  God Bless - Billie and Don McDougall and Family.   
    We would like to share a poem - It's called "A Poem of Life" .. Author Unknown:
    Life is but a stopping place,
    A pause in what's to be,
    A resting place along the road,
    to sweet eternity. 
    We all have different journeys,
    Different paths along the way,
    We all were meant to learn some things, 
    but never meant to stay...
    Our destination is a place,
    Far greater than we know, 
    For some the journey is quicker, 
    For some the journey is slow,
    And when the journey finally ends,
    We'll claim a great reward,
    And find an everlasting peace,
    Together with the Lord. 

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