JA Snow Funeral Home


Donald James Smith

September 2, 1931September 28, 2019

Age 88, of Halifax. With deep sadness, the children of Donald James Smith announce his death, which occurred September 28, 2019.

He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Anne Marie (Butts); his parents, William and Nora (Kehoe); his brother, William; and sisters, Jean and Betty. He is survived by his children, Richard, Monica (Paul Loye), Paul (Susan Murphy) and Clare (James Young); his grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, Luke, Benjamin and Hannah; nephew, Tom, and nieces, Sandra and Judy.

Don was a man for whom family was everything. His life revolved entirely around his wife and children. He was just a great Dad! Don also reserved a special place in his heart and attention for his grandchildren, who affectionately looked to him as "Grampy". He handed on to us the Catholic faith, the centre of his own life, and also left us as a legacy what it means to be a decent man and true gentleman. An employee of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for the length of his career, Don was also actively involved for many years in St. Michael's Parish of Halifax, the Knights of Columbus, and the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. These associations afforded Don the opportunity to make many good friends, with whom he was always glad to stay in touch.

Don's children are particularly grateful to the administration and staff of Melville Gardens, which served as his home for the past year. We are especially thankful to everyone on 4th floor; their care of our father and attention to his every need was exceptional.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax, where visitation will take place Tuesday, October 1st, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 2nd at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Church in Halifax, presided by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton. Mass will be followed by a reception in the parish hall, and private burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation in Don's memory may direct their gifts to Hope Cottage in Halifax or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.


  • Public Visitation

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • Public Visitation

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Donald James Smith

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Charlotte (Driscoll) Lichter

October 5, 2019

Smith Family,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Growing up on Devon Crescent was a wonderful time when everyone knew their neighbors. My deepest sympathies to your family during this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Denise Haney (Arseneau)

October 4, 2019

Very special thoughts and prayers to Richard, Monica, Paul, Clare and the family. I have such wonderful memories of sitting and chatting with your Dad all those years ago. Your parent's home was a welcome place for all of us and your Dad was such a sweet and lovely man. May your memories of the happy times comfort you. I can imagine your parents now together again smiling down and praying over all of you.

With hugs and prayers, Denise

Barbara Golden

October 3, 2019

Dear Archbishop Smith and family,

Our hearts go out to you at this very difficult time.
We are thinking of you and praying for you.
God bless you and your family.

With all our love,
Barb and Mike

Andy & Cathy Anderson

October 2, 2019

Claire, Jimmy, Luke, and Family:
So sorry to read of the loss of your father/grand father. May God bless all of you. And, Blessed memories.

Fr. Gerald David

October 1, 2019

My deepest condolences to you all on the loss of your Father. Don was a great man whom I could also call friend. Always enjoyed our encounters. Many blessings sent your way. I pray for all of you, and pray for your Dads soul to be at rest with God in whom he placed all his trust!

I am presently on vacation but am going to try and attend the Funeral at Saint Michael. God Bless you all!!!

Fr. Gerald David

Lance Robertson

September 30, 2019

Dear Richard, Monica, Paul and Clare

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. I recall how welcoming into your home both your parents were. Everyone was accepted and joined in on conversations and jokes.

Our thoughts are with you,

Lance and Catherine Robertson

Carol Kuzmochka (Brown)

September 30, 2019

Dear Richard, Monica, Paul and Clare,

Rick and I are deeply sorry to hear of your dear Dad's passing. He and your Mom hold a special place among our memories with their warm and welcoming presence in our lives back in our university days. They were both such gems!
Rest assured of our blessings and prayers over these sad days. I already know you are drawing strength and consolation from images of the reunion of your parents and their lasting peace in our God's loving presence.
A big hug to each of you from Rick and me.

David Cassidy

September 30, 2019

Richard, Monica, Paul, Clare and family.

So many fond memories of your Dad. A true family man with an amazing sense of humour. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. May Don Rest In Peace.

Bill Newcombe

September 30, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was definitely a family man in the truest sense and with a great sense of humor. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A Dad to be very proud of. So sorry for your loss.

Anne Givens

September 30, 2019

Archbishop Smith and family,
St. Joseph Basilica CWL Council, Edmonton offer our heartfelt condolences to all who loved your beloved father, Donald Smith, and the support of our prayers in their grief.
May his soul rest in God's peace.