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Terry Smith

October 28, 1957 - February 20, 2019

Terrance (Terry) Orville Shane Smith of Bassano, Alberta passed away peacefully on February 20th surrounded by his loving family at the age of 61, after a 2-year vicious battle with cancer. Terry, the baby of the family as the 7th child, was born in Arnprior, Ontario on October 28th 1957. He completed his schooling in Arnprior and later attended college, majoring in drafting. As a young adult he held various jobs such as a pin setter at the local bowling alley, tree trimmer and a stable hand at the race track. Terry’s first daughter Angela was born on May 7th, 1979. He then moved his small family to Bassano in 1980 where he began his 38-year career with Eastern Irrigation District as a heavy equipment operator. Throughout his career he earned several awards for his work, which he took great pride in. Terry met Carleen in October 1985 and were married in August of 1989. To this reunion, his daughter Kayty was born on February 11th, 1991. The years following were spent acting as a second parent to many other teammates and friends during the countless hours of travelling to and from multiple sporting events throughout her entire life. From 1994-2007 his title included team manager and “water guy” for Kayty’s ringette team. Whatever sport it was, Terry was in tow. He liked to spend his time fixing things around the house (although, not always to completion), but always to perfection if it was at someone else’s house. He also enjoyed bowling, playing slow-pitch, camping, riding his motorcycle, travelling back East to see family, and was a master at harassing friends and family to no end. At the same time, he was the most sensitive, caring, protective and loving husband, father, uncle and brother. He was a trusting and loyal friend to all who knew him. Terry was predeceased by his parents Orville and Mona Smith. He is survived by his loving wife Carleen (Banga) Smith of Bassano, daughter Kayty Smith (Tyler Leidal) of Medicine Hat, and daughter Angela Patenaude and grandchildren Keenyn, Avery and Hudson, of Arnprior, ON. His brothers Donald Smith (Mary – deceased), Robert Smith (deceased) and Velma. Sisters Betty Amos ( Gord – deceased) Nancy Tessier (fiancé Chris Mandin) (Donald Tessier – deceased), Penny Curnock (Willam) and Wendy VanDusen (Pete – deceased). As well as many loving nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. A celebration of life will be held in Bassano, Alberta at the community hall on March 2nd at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be forwarded to the High River District Health Care Foundation, Cancer Center, 560 9th Ave SW High River AB T1V 1B3. Donations can be made by mail, phone or online.

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