Long-time Youbou resident Howard Smith

Long-time Youbou resident Howard Smith

Youbou resident Howard Smith turns the big 80

Long-time Youbou resident Howard Smith was taken away from fishing Cowichan Lake just long enough, Saturday, July 9, to enjoy his 80th birthday get-together of friends and relatives.

Long-time Youbou resident Howard Smith was taken away from fishing Cowichan Lake just long enough, Saturday, July 9, to enjoy his 80th birthday get-together of friends and relatives.

Smith moved to the Cowichan Lake area in the early 60s, settling in Youbou by the end of the decade. He worked in the woods, as a faller.

“I remember him pounding the dents out of his hard hats,” daughter Jean-Ann said.

“Back in those days, that’s pretty much all there was,” Smith said, of working in the forestry industry.

His most recent endeavours have been with the Valley Fish and Game Club, which he remains an active member of.