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Born: Mar 07, 1938

Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2021

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March 07, 1938 - October 12, 2021

Philip Kevin Patrick Smyth, of Winnipeg, passed away peacefully, at Riverview Health Centre, with his wife, Frances, at his side.
The family would like to thank the staff at Parkview Place for caring for Kevin and for their kindness to the family. The family would also like to thank the staff at Riverview for their care during his final days.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Frances; his children, Deborah (Mike), Michael (Beth), Stephen (Blessy), Diane (Ron); grandchildren, Dustin, Patrick, Kara (Adam), Jason (Kiaunne), Bronwyn, Berlyn, Rebecca; and great-grandchildren, Lyla, Arlo, Elouise.
Kevin was born in Simcoe County, Ontario, the youngest of seven children. Toronto was his childhood home, where he attended St. Michael's Catholic school. Kevin was a good student, but his passion was in sports at the local community club, especially baseball, hockey and wrestling. In 1955, Kevin joined the Canadian Air Force and was stationed at Greenwood Air Base, where he met Frances, who would become his wife of 59 years.
His love of new challenges and technology led him, in 1968, to join the Signal Core of the Canadian Army. Kevin loved his time in the military and was well respected for his knowledge, leadership, and passion for learning, mentoring many young military technicians. Kevin retired from the military as a Warrant Officer.
Kevin and Frances were married on December 30, 1961, in Kingston, Nova Scotia. Four children soon followed, as did decades of a life filled with work, family, dogs and sports.
He had a great gift for storytelling, stories that were driven by his complex sense of humour, as well as his unique and infectious laugh. Kevin also loved crossword puzzles, especially from the New York Times and Free Press. He worked on them nearly every day, in ink, after he retired from the military.
Cremation has taken place, and a private family service will be held at Ness Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, or, a charity of your choice.
This obituary may also be viewed at where condolences may be left on his memory wall.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Frances and family, I want to pass along the support and deepest sympathies of the entire Coad Clan family. Personally, I regret not knowing Kevin better, but we always had a great connection when we did get to chat because of his previous military service. May he Rest In Peace! - Posted by: Fred Coad and family (Members of his church family and I'm a fellow Veteran) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • Uncle Kevin. My Mom's baby brother and not much older than a lot of his nieces and nephews. He was a real character and we always looked so forward to visits from him and Aunt Francis. His infectious laugh is one never forgotten. Although the Smyths of Winnipeg are a province away they are always in our thoughts and prayers. Goodbye Uncle Kev. Through the mercy of God, rest in peace. - Posted by: Zoe Reid (Niece) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • When I was a teenage I had the opportunity to help with the none stop driving from Toronto to (I think) Red Deer, Alberta with unc Kev. My grandmother in the car as well. Unc Kev's suttle quibs kept us laughing or disbelieving his outlandish remarks the whole trip long. That car ride went too fast as did the wonderful time spent with aunt Frances. It's a memory that is still very fresh in my mind. Bye for now Unc. - Posted by: Philip Enright and Val Enright (Nephew) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • Dear Frances, and your family: Frances called me with her sad news. I was one of her bridesmaids at their wedding. Kevin had a few years of struggling with Alzheimers, and Frances was always by his side. We have many memories of Keven and Frances over the years, and we send our condolenses . May God bless Kevin and may he rest in peace. Audrey & Vern Grantham, Bedford, NS - Posted by: Audrey & Vern Grantham (close friend) on: Oct 16, 2021

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