SMITH, Ernest Hamilton - With great sadness we announce the passing of Ernest Hamilton Smith on January 8, 2017 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. He was in his 100th year.
He will be deeply missed by his wife Muriel Flavelle and her children, Dana and Doug (Brenda), and her grandchildren Stewart, Grace, Genevieve and Olivia. Predeceased by his first wife Minnette (nee Harris), he is survived by their son Ernest and daughter Marion. Predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy Findlay, of Toronto, and Marion Oldfield, of Naples Fla.
Born Dec. 4 1917 in Brockville, to Ernest Smith of Atwood, Ont. and Eva (nee MacLeod), of Halifax, N.S, he grew up in Brockville and Stratford, Ont. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in political science and economics in 1940 and later completed an MA. He joined the Toronto Scottish Regiment and served overseas during World War II as an intelligence officer. In 1946, he joined the federal public service, becoming a senior official in the department of finance.
retiring in 1978, he wrote two books, including a study of federal-provincial tax sharing published by the Canadian Tax Foundation in 1998 and later a lighthearted personal memoir, self-published in 2012.He was a devoted member of the United Church, serving as an elder, steward and Sunday school teacher at Dominion-Chalmers United in Ottawa and elsewhere.
A true gentleman, Ernest took a keen interest in people. He was quick to smile, offer a compliment and was an adept story teller, many anecdotes featuring an amusing prank or near disaster. "He was such a loving, compassionate, generous guy," his son Ernest said.
Memorial service to be held Monday, January 16, at 2 p.m. at Canterbury Gardens, 1414 Sherbrooke St., Peterborough. Arrangements entrusted to Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to The Royal Foundation for Mental Health, 1145 Carling Ave., Ottawa, K1Z www.theroyal.ca.