Catherine Gwenyth Smith

July 19, 1950January 21, 2019

Catherine Gwenyth, 68, passed peacefully away surrounded by family on January 21, 2019. Gwen was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a degree in Education. As a military spouse, Gwen and her family toured the world. Gwen is a retired member of the Florida School Board. She will be fondly remembered for her work in assisting underprivileged students and their families with successfully settling in the United States from foreign countries. A talented pianist and musician, Gwen was the Music Director for St Luke’s Catholic Church, Middleburg, Fl. for many years. Gwen will be lovingly remembered by Vernon, her husband of 47 years; her daughter Melanie (Joseph), her son Vernon III (Misty), grandchildren Tyler, Maggie, Aidan, Bridget, and Daylon, great granddaughter Allie, sisters Marilyn, Marina (Ron), brothers Ronald (Jacqueline), Raymond and many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Penny (Cal) and Elizabeth (Joe), Lillian (Kelvin), and Sheila (Gordon), and brothers-in-law Brian (Janet), Bruce (Dian), and LB (Leesa). She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Rita Power, brothers Kelvin, Gordon, and sister Joan. Gwen’s free spirit and loving personality will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Contributions in Catherine's memory may be made to Sun City Center Hospice House, 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center, Florida US.

A visitation for Catherine will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 West Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, Florida 33511. A funeral mass will occur Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM, 2323 West Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, Florida 33511.


  • Sun City Center Hospice House


  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Robert Barker

February 3, 2019

I have so many happy memories of Gwen. I will cherish my memories of her happy engaging spirit, and her kind and gentle manner. I'm saddened to hear of her passing. Please accept our sympathy for your loss. It's rare that the world is graced by such a high caliber person as Gwen.

Heath Galster

January 29, 2019

It is with great sadness we send our condolences to Gordy (Vernon) a best friend more than 55 years. Gwen his wife and companion for near that time. We have kept in touch over the years but never spent enough time . . . .sadly

Mary Finch

January 25, 2019

To all of Gwen’s family,
I have many good memories of walking to elementary school with Gwen, and of her beautiful singing when we were in the choir at Presentation Elementary School.
Gwen was a wonderful musician, and we followed her lead.
She was very bright and happy , and always enriched our lives with her positive spirit .
So very sad to hear of her passing.
We will all miss and remember her.
Mary (Shea) Finch

Marina FaQuin

January 24, 2019

I feel so at peace having the opportunity to say my goodbyes to Gwen last week as she was in Hospice. There was one day there the nurses thought it would be just hours before her passing. Then good old Gwen rallied. She made me laugh. I remembered Gwen on the piano up in St. John’s smiling and belting out the song “ I did it my way”🎶 Even in her final journey Gwen did it her way...Heaven won’t know what hit 😄

Randy Scott

January 24, 2019

Chris and I are broken hearted over Gwen's passing. We have known her and Vernon for 49 years and over those years came to love Gwen's spirit, laughter vibrancy. Smitty, we mourn so deeply with you and your family and wish you God's strength to persevere such a difficult time.

Randy and Chris Scott

Maurice J. Murphy

January 24, 2019

Seeing Gwen's picture brings back many fond childhood memories of Salisbury St. and Newtown Rd. Deepest sympathies to all the family and in particular to Marilyn, Marina, Ron and Ray.

Hannah Finn

January 24, 2019

Smitty, Melanie, Vernon and family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Gwen brought so much joy, laughter and music into our lives and we will forever remember her beautiful spirit and her love of music.

Mick, Hannah, Michele and Gerry Finn

Sharyn Byrne

January 23, 2019

Smitty,Melanie , Veron and families
Gwen’s enthusiasm for life , her kind nature and her passion for music will long be remembered.
Thinking of you at this difficult time .

Sheila Pierce Feaver

January 23, 2019

I went to Presentation Elementary and Holy Heart of Mary High School with Gwen and her smile is one of the things I remember along with her beautiful singing . I saw her when her brother Gordon passed away , another beautiful soul gone to rest .

Teresa Barker

January 23, 2019

Smitty, Melanie, Vernon and families,

We are sorry to hear about Gwen's passing. She will be greatly missed.
We always enjoyed her visits to Newfoundland. We use to love to hear her sing and play the piano. She was a wonderful person and had a beautiful soul. She will be sadly missed by all.
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Lillian Power and Teresa Barker