Neil Smith

Obituary of Neil Scott Smith

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Neil Scott Smith (69) passed away peacefully at home on March 27 2024 surrounded by loved ones. Born November 3rd, 1954 to Norma (Hambly) and S. Arthur Smith, Neil spent his younger years in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his four siblings: Wendy (Bernie Levy), Bill (Rose), Tom (Judy), and Allayne (Rob MacCara). Neil had a strong entrepreneurial spirit from a very young age starting his own moving company in his early 20's. Following this, his passion and love for logistics and efficiency took hold, and he went on to develop these skills with various employers during his adult life including Fred Kennedy and Associates, Peninsula Farm Yogurt, ending his working career at Northumberland Coop in Miramichi NB where he made lifelong friendships lasting well beyond his retirement. Neil developed a love of sports in his youth, a highlight being his time spent as goaltender for his favorite team the QE Lions during high school. He loved recounting stories about this time in his life. Neil's love of sports continued throughout his adult life. His favourite teams were the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. Apart from his four siblings Neil is survived by his wife Candace; son Nicholas, Calgary; daughter Sarah (Bridget O'Donnell), Halifax; Brother in Law Bradley Allison (Winnie) Moneton; and many nieces and nephews. He was a loving and devoted "Grandpa" to his three grandchildren Alex, Jordan and Taylor, who were the "light" of his life, bringing him endless joy. Neil had a strong will, determination, and an enormous heart. He was generous, loyal, and brave. He was clever and full to the brim with knowledge gained through all of his life experiences. He could fix or improve anything and his true passion was sharing his skills with those he loved. Neil loved nature and the outdoors, and took great pride in improving and maintaining his surroundings. He will be fondly remembered for all the heart he shared with his friends and family. He truly loved each of them and if you knew him, you knew it. He carried himself with dignity, strength, and was full of love for those who went before him. He will be missed dearly. In typical Neil fashion, there will be no pomp nor circumstance. He hosted his own Celebration in January bringing together many friends and relatives he had known who touched him, or he had touched throughout his life. At this he raised over $1500 and many pounds of food for Feed Nova Scotia, which is his Charity of choice if you would like to honour him with a donation. As per Neil's wishes there will be no visitation or service. A private graveside service for immediate family will occur later in the spring. The family would like to thank nurses Megan and Nikki for the exceptional and compassionate care they provided him, allowing him to remain at home, which was his greatest wish. Rest in peace Neil/Dad/Grandpa. Your love will carry us through until we meet again. Revelations 21:4 Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying nor pain anymore.