Douglas Herbert Smith

A photo of Douglas Herbert Smith

Doug departed this world from Franklin Gardens in Leamington on March 15, 2024 – the Ides of March. He was 70 years old.  Doug was the son of the late John and Flossie (Russell) Smith and brother of Rusty (Jean), Sally (Bob Cook), Randy (late Isla May), George (Mary Jane), Sherry (late Adam Godfrey) and Paul.

Doug’s life was colourful – never dull.  He loved his dogs, boats and Chevy Caprices. Doug was an accomplished salesman, selling everything from potatoes to Christmas trees, tropical plants to citrus fruit. He knew the backroads of Southern Ontario well, always arriving with a trunkful of cheer. (if only he had marketed those beer sock coolies…)

Dr Moncur and all the staff of Franklin Gardens became Doug’s friends and no matter what mischief or chaos he put them through they provided for him always. “Doug is part of our family”. They accepted and cared for him with patience, humour and grace.

Everyone who knew Doug will have their own favourite memory to reflect upon. As his long time friend, Janet Bellamy said Doug is likely with his best friend Wayne driving the cosmic highways and byways.

Doug’s family offers their heartfelt thanks to Janet Bellamy. Her dedication to keeping Doug’s affairs in order was a difficult task that she managed so very well. Her unwavering friendship toward Doug meant so very much to everyone.

Cremation has taken place and the family will remember Doug in private.

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Paul, George and family condolences some good memories from the old days r.i.p Doug

I am sorry for your loss of Doug . He was a very interesting character full of life and mischief . We had tons of good times together laughing and talking It was never a dull moment around Doug. He was like family to me my sister and brother in law George Willson. Doug will sadly be missed by all who knew him . Rest in peace Karla Baxter

Condolences to Doug’s family & friends. I went to Cedar Springs & Blenheim High with Doug

Doug you were always a good friend. I will remember you always. Deepest sympathy to your Family and old friends. Paul

To the Smith Family We send you our sincere condolences

George, Maryjane and family, We are very sorry to read about Doug’s passing, he was the life of the party, many fond memories. Please accept our sincere condolences on his passing. We are thinking of you. Jack & Katherine Hitchcock

I have fond memories of Doug playing on the snow banks and back yard of Cedar Springs school.

To Doug's family and friends, Our condolences to all of you. May your many good memories bring you comfort and peace.

My condolences to the family. John Uher

I was saddened to hear of Doug's passing. My condolences to the Smith family. It was always fun to bump into Doug and his beer sock and listen to his unique take on 'stuff'. Rest in peace Doug.

To the Smith family, Saddened to hear of Doug's passing, he was a unique soul and character always capable of putting a smile on your face. Fly high Doug. Sincerely Barry

So sorry to hear that we’ve lost Doug… he always had a big smile & a hug for me!

Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family. On my Ontario visits I would regularly check in with Doug. He always made me smile. Godspeed Doug.

Condolences to Doug’s siblings and many friends. Diane and John McGuigan

My sincere condolences to Doug's family and loved ones. I knew Doug almost from birth as he was just two months younger than me and our families were friends and fellow fruit growers. We were classmates at Cedar Springs Public School and kept in touch sporadically over many years. Doug visited us a couple of times in High River AB when he was selling his school fund-raiser fruit project in the province. He even called once after one of our many floods (maybe 2005?) to make sure that we were all right! I will remember Doug for his out-going, cheerful and friendly personality, his big smile, and the warmth and interest that he extended to us. Love, Margie (McGuigan) and Jeff Marley

Deepest sympathy to Doug's family & friends from the Solski family. We are so sorry for your loss.

My condolences to the family of Doug’s family . My he rest in peace.

So sorry for your loss. RIP DOUG. Dave Armstrong and Sheila Mctavish.

Our sincere condolences to all of Doug’s family.He will never be forgotten.He was a unique man,who will never be forgotten. Love Jacquie and Phil

Our sucker condolences to all of Doug’s family.He will be missed.He was a unique individual and kept everyone on their toes. He will never be forgotten. Love Jacquie and Phil Johnson

My condolences to Doug's family during this sad time. Cherish all the fond memories you have.

Our sincere condolences to the Smith family on your loss. I have many memories of Doug. He was quite the guy who wore many hats. From the farm, to Christmas trees and oranges and many other endeavours. Always had something going on. I am glad to have known him.

I am sure anyone who ever met Doug has a memory that they can recall easily... good or bad!! So happy that l did meet this guy and know first hand his unforgettable ways of living this life. My condolences.

To a bedrock Cedar Springs family, I am sorry for your loss. Too often the last chapter is the hardness, I admire your loyalty. So many people have so many decades of good memories and laughs with Doug. Paul would regale me with stories (many traffic related) from when he and Doug lived in Toronto. And much much later, The Poker Games… There’s getting to be a pretty fine greeting committee to welcome Doug. RIP For the rest of us? – Choose Happiness!

To the Smith families, So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. I always enjoyed running into him and hearing of his latest escapades and/or journeys. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Doug Hodgson

Doug was a personality you don't forget. so very sorry for your loss

To the Smith Family My condolences . I have many fond memories of Doug, from back in the day . He was a colourful character who always had a lot of funny stories to share . May he rest in peace .

This message to the Smith family, Doug was a character. He put many a smile on people's faces. Please accept my condolences. Rest in Peace Doug.

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Smith family. I'll always remember Doug as a very out going and friendly person, who was always genuinely happy to see you. Smart and quick witted I enjoyed it when are paths crossed. Fair winds and following seas, friend

I’m so very sorry to learn of Doug’s passing. Please know that I’m thinking of you all and sending my condolences.

Sending our sincere condolences to the Smith Family.

Condolences to all the Smith Family on the passing of Doug. May you cherish the many memories that you have...

When I think of Doug and his creative kind of styles, my heart will feel much sorrow but my memory will bring me smiles. Love and condolences to the Smith family.

Remembering Doug, as a funny story teller and always on the move. Rest, now, in peace, Doug. Thinking of you all. Cherish your special memories.

Will always remember Doug as a good friend for a lifetime RIP

Sending our condolences to the Smith family. I will always cherish the memories of our time spent on the farm. There was never a dull moment..

Sending our sincere condolences to the Smith Family

I remember his colorful stops at the Rumble household with his sock coolies. Sending my condolences to the Smith family 🙏

I remember his colorful stops at the Rumble household with his sock coolies. Sending my condolences to the Smith family 🙏

Heartfelt condolences to all family and friends of Doug. Many fond memories of times in the farm whether it be harvesting and packaging potatoes or enjoying a cold Molson Export or Strongbow Cider at Doug's. Rest in peace Doug and god bless.

Smith family, sorry for your loss. Doug will be remembered fondly.

Doug always had a friendly story to tell. He truly enjoyed engaging people in conversation. Fond memories Doug. RIP Condolences to the family.

Randy and Family my sincerest condolences in the loss of your brother may your good memories see you through this difficult time.

Saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. A free spirit in life. I have many great memories. My condolences to Doug’s family and friends.