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SMITH Joseph Dean “Joe” HALIFAX It is with deep sadness that the family of Joseph Dean Smith announces his passing on August 21, 2019, at the age of 85 years. Joe led a long and full life. He was born into a large family of 12, the son of

SMITH Joseph Dean “Joe” HALIFAX It is with deep sadness that the family of Joseph Dean Smith announces his passing on August 21, 2019, at the age of 85 years. Joe led a long and full life. He was born into a large family of 12, the son of Rachel Harvey and Clifford Smith in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. He went on to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and build communications towers in France, Belgium and Germany. While there, he found and married the love of his life, Edith “Ginger” Bacon. They built a life together over 63 years raising their four children in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador where he headed up technical services for CBC. Joe spent decades installing CBC radio and television towers and transmitters all over Labrador and in Nunavut, an accomplishment for which CBC’s Pierre Juneau, presented him with the CBC President’s Award of Recognition of Service. After living for over 50 years in the north, they moved back to Nova Scotia to be near their very large extended loving family. We are eternally grateful for the 85 years we had him with us and we will cherish his lessons of a life well lived. Lessons like: • if you step on a sleeping moose while picking raspberries (and he did), say sorry and keep picking, the jelly has to be made; • when a communications tower fails in a winter storm, climb it and bring along some aluminum foil for repairs…it works; • in the winter at the fish camp always get the morning water from the ice hole in your pajamas and parka, it’s easier; • when your little girl is in hospital getting her tonsils out, leave your watch for her to put next to her ear, the ticking will remind her that you’re close by; • let the neighbourhood kids follow you around in the garden telling you their stories and asking you a thousand questions, it makes them feel safe and heard; • whistle a tune while you drive, it’s breathing with music; • there is no such thing as a shaggy dog story that’s too long, stretch it out and then laugh from your belly, always laugh loud and full; and • if you see a problem…fix it! If you don’t know how…learn! If you fail…try again, always try again. Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Ginger and his children, Jodean (Brian) Tobin, Robin (Dennis) Peck and Sherry (Stan McDonald); his seven grandchildren, Heather, Adam, Jack, Joseph, William, Grace and Robert; his three great grandchildren, Vivienne, George and Camila; his sisters, Bonna Hyde and Eva deCruz; many many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, grand nephews, grand nieces and a devoted group of friends. Joe was predeceased by his son, Michael; brothers, Hugh, Vance, Merle, Jerry, Sonny, Doug; sisters, Verna, Betty, and Ekie. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. A memorial service for Joe will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 26 2019 in the Avonport Baptist Church, Reverend Wayne Fevens officiating. The family would like to extend many thanks to the staff at Parkland at the Gardens for all their kindness during this difficult time. Interment will take place at a later date in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to Avonport Baptist Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com



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