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Born: Jul 24, 1948

Date of Passing: Dec 12, 2019

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July 24, 1948 - December 12, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vernon Smith at his home in Wabowden, Manitoba. He was 71 years of age.
Vernon was predeceased by his father Eldon Smith, and mother Elizabeth Smith.
He is mourned by his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia; his daughter Deborah; sons, Terence, Kevin (Pauline) and Brian; grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, and Amalie.
Vernon grew up on a farm near Woodlands, Manitoba. Often on horseback, he cherished the rugged country life. From a young age he worked alongside his dad in heavy construction. In 1968, Vernon and wife Patricia moved to Thompson, Manitoba. Shortly after relocating to Wabowden, Manitoba they started a trucking, and construction business. Vernon was a hard worker who was not afraid of any project. A talented mechanic and master welder, he liked to do his own fleet maintenance. He was humble, and fair to people.
For 17 years Vernon was also the Fire Chief for the Community of Wabowden, and also a First Responder who coordinated the Ambulance Service with Patricia by his side. A member of the Fire College of Manitoba, he was critical about proper equipment and training. He established a new Fire Hall for the community along with new emergency service vehicles. He was an avid fundraiser, and there were countless suppers, socials, and Santa Claus parades during that time.
Vernon enjoyed being on the lake fishing. He was a great man who loved his family, and always made time for friends, even strangers.
He will be deeply missed.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., at Meadow Lea Community Centre near Marquette, Manitoba with Pastor Will Feldbusch.

MacKenzie Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 18, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Our thoughts are with you at this time. When a Father passes an Angel drops a feather. - Posted by: Diane & Dennis Bell (Friends of Kevin and Paulina) on: Dec 18, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Diane & Dennis Bell (Friend of Kevin & Paulina) on: Dec 18, 2019

  • My sincere sympathies Wayne on the loss of your brother. I can see the resemblance between you and Vernon and I know how much you will miss him. - Posted by: Elke Louise (friend) on: Dec 18, 2019

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