Fabian Gregory Smith

13 February , 19329 April , 2019
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Fabian Gregory Smith, 87, a longtime resident of Sydney, passed away suddenly on April 9, 2019.

Born in Sydney on February 13, 1932, he was the son of the late Charles and Anna (McPhee) Smith.

Fabian was a loving and caring husband and father. He was a graduate of Sydney Academy and worked at the Sysco General Office for over 40 years and was active in sports and volunteer organizations for his entire life. He was a season ticket holder for the CB Oilers and Screaming Eagles for many years. In his early life he held various positions in the Cape Breton Hockey Referees Association, various CB junior and senior hockey leagues, Sydney & District Little League. As a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, he served three terms on St. Joseph Parish Council, 7 years on Central Board for Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia, many years on the Board of Directors for the Steele Centre Credit Union including a term as Board Chairman. Fabian joined the Kinsman Club of Sydney in 1967 winning various awards and was named Life Member in 1979. He was the founder of the Kinsmen Hockey Heritage Hall of Fame located in Centre 200. He served two terms on Sydney City Council including being appointed chairman of the Recreation Commission, chairman of the Board of Health and member of the Centre 200 Commission. Fabian was appointed Deputy Mayor in 1987. After retirement, he joined Kiwanis Club of CB Golden K where he was an active member until his passing and served as president and 2 terms on the Board of Directors. He was awarded the Mel Osborne Fellowship.

Fabian was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Lydia (Black) and his brother Lorne from Howie Centre.

He is survived by four sons Clayton (Karen) Brooklyn Queens Co., Gregory (Yanny) Vancouver, Stephen (LeeAnn) Antigonish, and David (Jane) Sydney River, two grandchildren Jennifer (Ryan Neilson) Lower Sackville; Darren, Halifax and special friend Valerie Anderson.

Visitation will take place from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm Monday April 15th at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St. Sydney. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church on Tuesday April 16th at 11:00 am with Fr. Bill Burke officiating.

Family flowers only, donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice. On line condolences may be sent to


  • Lydia (Black) Smith, Wife
  • Charles Smith, Father
  • Anna (McPhee) Smith, Mother
  • Clayton (Karen) Smith, Son
  • Gregory (Yanny) Smith, Son
  • Stephen (LeeAnn) Smith, Son
  • David (Jane) Smith, Son
  • Jennifer (Ryan Neilson) Smith, Granddaughter
  • Darren Smith, Grandson
  • Lorne Smith, Brother
  • Valerie Anderson, Special Friend



  • Visitation Monday, 15 April , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, 16 April , 2019


  • Burial

Fabian Gregory Smith

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Lloyd Camp

17 April 2019

WOW . The news of Fabian's passing blew me away.
Such and amazing Man. Such an Amazing Person.
I will truly miss greeting him and having out chats.
So, so sorry.
Lloyd Camp
North Sydney

Frank Coffin

16 April 2019

To the Smith boys and your extended families. Fabian's bucket list was his bio---- he was bigger than life. I recently spoke to him about an old hockey picture from the 1940's and we reminisced about the post war Sydney Millionaires. Condolences to all. Regretfully I will not be able to attend his send off.
RIP Fabian

Bill & Millie Roberts

15 April 2019

So sad to hear that Fabian has passed. Millie and I always held him and Lydia in the highest regard. Fabian was a true gentleman who first extended the hand of friendship to us as new arrivals in Canada so many years ago. We never ever heard Fabian speak ill of anyone. We are proud to have had the privilege of knowing him. I had the good fortune to speak to Fabian just before leaving on vacation to England (where we still are). Whenever we met he would always bring up a little skit we did together on Kinsmen radio day nearly 40 years ended with the words.....Only in Canada you say....Pity.
RIP Fabian you will not be forgotton.

Steve Simpkins

15 April 2019

My condolences to all.
A huge loss
Fabian was a perfect example of how we should act and what we all should strive to be , if we can be just half the person he was the world would be a better place.
Steve Simpkins


15 April 2019

Dean nephews, Clayton, Gregory, Stephen and David: On behalf of Lydia's brothers and sister (sisters-in-law) please accept our heartfelt condolences at the passing of your father.. We have many fond memories from our individual single visits to our crazy family reunions. The many stories your father told and of course. his teasing of whichever family member was within zinging distance, not to mention the teasing he got back, will always be cherished. He had a zest for life but his true measure was the love he had for your mother and the support and love he had in her last days, which we recognize and are grateful. He had a true and loving spirt throughout his life which reflects in all of you. Keep him in your heart always.

Fr.Bedford Doucette

14 April 2019

Dear Family
I read with sadness the news of Fabian's death. I join your family, relatives and friends in expressing sympathies and condolences, care and concern, friendship and prayer. He was always very kind and gracious with me, a good communicator and interested in so many issues which on occasion we would discuss. He was always so proud of his son who was a server at Mass For shut-ins when I was producer. Be assured of my prayer for your Dad and for you. God bless you.
Fr. Bedford Doucette.

John and Helen King

14 April 2019

John and I were very saddened to hear of Fabian's passing. We only met him once but found that he was a delightful and interesting man and we could see kindness in his eyes. Valerie, we are heartbroken for you, as we are for Fabian's family. Please accept our deepest condolences. John and Helen King

Jennifer Pope

14 April 2019

Your dad touched our hearts in a way not many people can. Over the past number of years, my children and I looked forward to seeing him when we came home to visit. I spoke to him last week and made tentative plans to meet. I am so sorry for your lose. 🙏

Irene Lefort

13 April 2019

My sincere sympathy to the Smith family on the passing of your dear father. I knew Fabian through the Credit Union movement and also served with him on various committees for the Diocese of Antigonish. I remember him as a real gentleman, kind, friendly, and always in good cheer. May he rest in peace.
Irene Lefort

Glen Marchand

13 April 2019

David, Jane, and Family.......I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your father. He was a great man with a great sense of humour. I have many fond memories of sitting behind Fabian and Lydia at Cape Breton Oilers games cheering on our team. No matter where you met him, he would always stop to say hello and have a chat, while flashing that trademark smile. Probably one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of meeting. My sincere condolences to the entire family. May you take comfort in all the great memories you have of him.