Earl Marshall SMITH

SMITH, Earl Marshall

On Wednesday, September 11, 2008 Earl Marshall Smith, passed away suddenly at the age of 85 years.

Born July 20, 1923 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan to Mabel and Harvey Smith. In his teens Earl moved with his family to Mt. Lehman. Earl joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in July 1943 and was discharged in June 1946. He married Ruth Irene Fraser in 1949 and they had three daughters.


In his lifetime he started work as a logger then worked for Matsqui Municipality and Scotland Adamson Paving. Later he owned and operated bulldozers that became his passion. As a hobby he spent many years as a vendor at various flea markets in the valley.


Earl enjoyed playing cards, dancing, his grandchildren and many family pets. He loved Hockey Night in Canada.


Survived by Ruth, his three daughters, Faye Appleton (Peter), Judy Peterson and Sandy Letkeman (Ken); five grandchildren, Kathy Eastgate (Jim), Steven Appleton, Garrett Peterson (Jen), Brad Letkeman (Jen) and Greg Letkeman; four great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Trevor, Scott and Doug. Earl is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Draney and Freida Bates. He was sadly predeceased by his three brothers, Doug, Keith (Bud) and his twin brother Lloyd and his mother Mabel Paterson. Earl will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews.

The memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 16th at The Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 26607 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove with the Reverend Ken Dean officiating.

Interment was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 16th at Hazelwood Cemetery, 34070 Hazelwood Avenue, Abbotsford.

He has left a lasting legacy through his children and grandchildren of what it is to be a hard working, honest, loyal and honourable man.

E-mail contact: sjletkeman@shaw.ca

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