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STANLEY GERALD SMYTH (STAN)

Born: Nov 11, 1932

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2022

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STANLEY GERALD SMYTH
1932 – 2022


On Saturday, November 5, 2022 Stanley Gerald Smyth, our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, peacefully passed away. He will be greatly missed by his children, Debra, Danny (Cynthia), and Stan (Vicki); his grandchildren, Jesilyn (Jason), Travis (Melanie), Micky (Kendra), Megan (Thomas), Haley, Austin, William and Samantha; his great-grandchildren Kayley, Evan and Benjamin. Stan was predeceased by his wife Donna in 2003.
Stanley was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 11, 1932, following his siblings Winnie and Cecil. In January 1940, his father, Robert Smyth joined the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, and went to Europe to fight in WWII. After that, his mother Winifred Smyth moved the family to go home to her family's farm in Lily Bay, Manitoba. Later, they moved to Lundar, Manitoba in 1941 where Stanley grew up surrounded by many cousins and relatives.
Stanley and his family moved to Winnipeg in 1943, where he continued his schooling and gained some work experience. His father returned from the war in December 1945, and his family was reunited. At the age of 17, Stanley began working as a Linesman for Manitoba Power Commission. He married Donna in 1954, who he had known from high school. Stanley signed on with the city police in 1955 as a policeman, now known as the Winnipeg Police Service. He started out on beat patrol, then became a police combat shooter in 1959. He was the youngest member of the shooting team at that time. In 1966, he became the firearms instructor for the service. Later, he served in the traffic division and rode a motorcycle all year round, while maintaining his firearms instructor position. In 1973, he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, and later became Sergeant 1. He moved to the firearms unit, until he retired in 1991. Sergeant Stanley Smyth ended his police career as an award-winning marksman on the firing range, where he developed a training program teaching recruits how to shoot accurately, with an emphasis on firearm safety. Immensely proud of being a policeman for 37 years, he continued attending and running shoots as the Range Officer as recently as this year.
Stanley and Donna loved travelling, with Hawaii, Florida and Texas being some of their favourite destinations – Dad loved the ocean, Mom loved the heat! After Donna's stroke in 1992, Dad's retirement plans changed as he became her primary caregiver for the duration of her life. He took great pride in caring for her and did so selflessly for eleven years. Stan loved watching sports, especially the Blue Bombers, Jets, Blue Jays and curling.
Connecting with family and keeping them close was always a priority. Family was very important to Stan, and he enjoyed attending all of his kids and grandkids' activities and sports as much as possible. A proudly independent soul, Stan lived in the same house until his last few months, which was exactly what he'd hoped to be able to do.
A memorial service will be held on Monday November 14th at 11:00am at My Church, located at 955 Wilkes Avenue in Winnipeg. Reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca


Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Elaine and I wish to pass on our condolences to Deb, Dan, Stan and their families. Always remember Uncle Stan as a strong family person. Always enjoyed our trips to Winnipeg when I was much younger and our email conversions in which he would always provide updates on his family. RIP Uncle Stan - Posted by: Bob and Elaine Taylor (Nephew) on: Nov 22, 2022

  • I am so very sorry to hear of your father's passing - my condolences to Danny, Cynthia and family. - Posted by: Randy Fleming (Friend) on: Nov 15, 2022

  • Sorry to hear of Stan’s passing. Our condolences to Danny, Cynthia and the rest of the Smyth family. - Posted by: Scott and Renee Fletcher (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2022

  • Our Condolences to the family. Got to know Stan through our neighbor gatherings over football or hockey. He shared many interesting stories from his service days or about his beloved family which he spoke of fondly. Thank You for sharing and Rest Peacefully Rick & Barb Hedley - Posted by: Rick & Barbara Hedley (Neighbor Friend) on: Nov 13, 2022

  • Stan was not only a great marksman but a straight shooter in life. A dedicated family man and well respected police officer, who educated and instructed members on the safe use and care of the variety of firearms they carried or would have access to during their service. He would give instruction on how to preserve their own lives and survive in combat shooting situations. We have kept in touch these many years and I am proud of the era we competed in police combat shooting events and celebrated with comrades during and afterward. It was at those events that Stan and his team would walk out with numerous well deserved trophies. Condolences to Danny and all the family. Dick Hickling - Posted by: Dick Hickling (colleague and friend) on: Nov 13, 2022

  • Thank You For Your Service. R.I.P. - Posted by: Russell McRae (Chef Consbule John C McRae Grate Nefue.) on: Nov 12, 2022

  • A very kind gentleman. Loved engaging with him and a smile that would light a room up. Condolences to the family and friends and may you rest in peace, you will be missed. - Posted by: Dan Lester and Lester family (Friend of the family) on: Nov 12, 2022

  • Sgt. Smyth retired prior to my time with the WPS. I was fortunate to meet him on the day the PSB was closing it’s doors. We took a quick tour of the range in the basement. He was such a lovely man. He reminisced about his time as a firearms instructor. I enjoyed talking with him and hearing his memories of his time with the Winnipeg Police. Thank you for your service Sgt. Smyth. May you now rest easy. Prayers and condolences to your family. - Posted by: Sheree Leone Hanysh (Friend ) on: Nov 12, 2022

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