Frederick John Smith
July 13, 1930 – January 5, 2021
Frederick John Smith, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday Jan 5, 2021. He was born July 13, 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was raised as the only child of Fred & Olive Smith. At age 89 he learned he was adopted and his birth mother was Luella Christine Taylor. Adoption requires love not DNA.
Fred began his career at Dominion Stores in Canada as a butcher, he later worked for A&P in Miami and finally for Food Town/Food Lion as a meat market area supervisor. He was recognized in Food Lion stores decades after his retirement and many market managers counted themselves lucky to have been trained under his guidance. Fred took early retirement and with his wife they traveled to most countries in Europe including numerous visits to Sweden and Finland, also Australia, New Zealand, China, FIji, South and Central America, and coast to coast in Canada.
Fred was a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leaf’s and the Toronto Blue jays. He enjoyed playing golf up until he was 88 years old. Fred was an avid reader and visited the Indian Trail library branch as fast as the librarians could order books for him. He kept a book list so he didn’t check out the same book twice, it numbers over 3,000.
Fred was well known for his wit and humor. He loved to play practical jokes on everyone. Once when Curtis was about 8 years old the family was watching TV and the sound went off. Curtis turned to his dad and asked what happened. Fred in true form answered him by mouthing the answer without any sound. Poor Curtis’s eyes opened wide, he thought he’d gone deaf.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Marita Irene (Rundberg) Smith, daughters Denise Pope (Randy) of Matthews, Diane Myers (Gene) of Indian Trail, Janet Holland (Mal) of San Diego and six grandchildren Melanie Harris, Brian Myers (Tammy), Katherine Harris, Nathan Smith, and Tyler Smith and four great grandchildren Atreyu, Brayson, Lily, and Aiden. He was predeceased by son Curtis Edward Smith.
The family would like to thank the medical staff and hospital team at Novant Health Matthews Medical center for their compassionate care during his hospital stay.
Inurnment will be held at the Morning Star Chapel Columbarium at a future time.