Patrick Smith

Patrick died peacefully on January 26, 2016 after spending time with his loving children Diana, Marcus, Sean, Portia, Nevin, and Aindrea; his wife Joan of 58 years at his side.

Patrick was born at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Duncan (now Cairnsmore) and lived on the farm at Skutz Falls, that his parents Samual Marcus and Pearl built. He was their only child. After graduating from UBC, he married Joan, became the President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, while raising five children. Patrick was a Trust officer at the National Trust Company in Vancouver, before returning to UBC to receive his Master’s Degree. He then moved to the US, receiving his PhD at UCLA where their sixth child, Aindrea, was born. Patrick had a long career as a Professor of Economics and taught many other finance classes, teaching at many Universities in the US where their six children currently reside with their families. Patrick’s passions, along with his thirst for knowledge and teaching, were classical music (Mozart in particular), reading and collecting books, and college/pro football. He, his children and more recently some of his 11 grandchildren, spoke at great length on the phone about their favourite teams and players. Patrick’s passing has left a great hole in our lives. We can’t thank his many doctors and nurses sufficiently for their genuine care and compassion, particularly Dr. Peter Postuk who went above and beyond the call of duty; Drs. Heidi Postowski; William Nielsen; Andrew Attwell; V. Masuda and Dr. M. Fritsch. His many friends never cease to amaze us with their love and caring – huge gratitude.

No service by request. In Patrick’s memory donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


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