In Memory of

Alex Smith



Memorial Service to be held in Tottenham, Ontario in the summer of 2018.

Edward Alexander Smith “Alex”, born June 25, 1945, died November 24, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Alex is survived by wife Rhondda, sons: Owen (Amy), Shane (Leeora), Brent (Brittany); granddaughter Shoshana; sister Bonny (Ian), brother Doug. Lovingly remembered by his sisters-in-law Marla (Ben), Dalyce (Norman), Nadine (Henri), nieces Jennifer, Karen (Jake), nephews Glavin (Celina), Spencer, and great nephew Cooper; predeceased by his beloved nephew Paul.

Son of Gordon A. and Tammy Smith, raised in Orillia, Ontario, Alex was a marina manager and scuba diving instructor before he began a diverse flying career as a bush pilot, airline captain, and in corporate aviation, retiring in Halifax Nova Scotia as Director of Flight Operations & chief pilot for Sobeys.

He was a longtime Mason, active in the Dartmouth Lions Club and with 18 Dartmouth Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. He had a passion for teaching and sharing his extensive knowledge and experience of aviation and business. Alex had a great sense of humour and a big laugh. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and telling flying stories. He lived a full and complete life and leaves this world with no regrets.

If you wish to share memories or stories of Alex they can be sent to  This address can also be used to ask for information about the memorial service to be held in Tottenham, Ontario in the summer of 2018.

Arrangements entrusted to Rod Abrams Funeral Home, Tottenham.

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Memorial Tribute

“Alex Smith”
  1. Jim and Wendy Simmonds wrote:

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Alex’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you Rhonda and the family. We always enjoyed our conversations over coffee with Alex. He will be missed. Jim & Wendy

  2. Doreen & Dave Russell wrote:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Rhondda and the family on the passing of our good friend,neighbour and Masonic brother. A memorial tribute service for Alex will be held at the next meeting of his Lodge, Cornwallis No.95.AF&AM Arrangements will be made to present you, Rhondda with the prestigious Masonic Widow’s pin.

  3. Kevin Byrne wrote:

    As the Commanding Officer of 18 Dartmouth Lions Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, I would like to pass on our condolences to Alex’s family and friends. For years Alex was like a father figure to our cadets and staff. Many have learned from his stories about his aviation exploits and went on to have aviation careers of their own. There is now an empty seat at our squadron family table. Alex you will be missed but always remembered.

  4. Ashley Henneberry( formerly DeBaie) wrote:

    Owen and Brent;

    My deepest condolences.

    Your Dad was a very well respected man who will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by many current and former cadets and staff at 18 Dartmouth.

  5. Lynda (Kant) & Herb Hastings wrote:

    Rhondda & Family: May the love Alex had for you help carry you through this difficult time. Soak in the love & support of your family & friends as you take this journey. Gain strength from all those warm hugs. They help you put one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward.

  6. Jean Hiltz wrote:

    Rhondda and family:
    My deepest sympathy goes to you in the loss of Alex. He was a very respected man in many fields. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

  7. Jos and John Moon wrote:

    So sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. Warn thoughts are with you Rhondda, and all the family. We know that wonderful memories will sustain you in the days to come and beyond.

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