Karen Elliott says her dad was a hard-working man who always put his family first, no matter what life brought his way.
Mr. Hedley Smith died of heart failure Friday at Western Memorial Regional Hospital. Mr. Smith, who raised eight children, was 84.
“It wasn’t always easy. He was a hard-working man. Eight children to raise, you could imagine,” Elliott said Sunday as she reflected on the life of her dad.
Mr. Smith was a military member who was a familiar face joining other Legionnaires at the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Corner Brook.
He spent 43 years of his life dedicated to shaping the lives of young men and women — including all of his eight children — through his commitment to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Curling 184.
Elliott recalled the good times she shared with her dad when the family used to pack up the panel van and head out to various destinations for a jaunt in the woods and a boil-up to boot.
He was always willing to pass on his knowledge to his children, but more importantly Elliott said her dad embraced many of the sea cadets who he treated like his own and opened to the door many times for various activities like boot shining parties.
“Our house was always an open door,” she said. “Everybody was welcome in our home all the time.”
She was always impressed with how her dad was willing to show people how to do things. He was always saying “come here I shows you this or let me show you how to do it”.
He showed her how to use a compass, collect firewood and build a lean-to, which Mr. Smith always referred to as a houtchi.
“Dad was like an eternal instructor,” she said.
Funeral service for Mr. Smith will take place Tuesday 2 p.m. at Humber United Church on Clarence Street in Corner Brook.