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First Memorial Funeral Services

1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC

OBITUARY

"Grundy" Jonathan Darren SMITH

June 20, 1971September 8, 2020

With sadness, we announce that Grundy Smith passed away in Kelowna, BC on September 8, 2020, at the age of 49. Viewing for friends will be on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 10-12 noon at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC. A private family service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 1:00 pm. For those wishing to view the service may do so by going to our website www.firstmemorialfunealkelowna.com and searching Grundy’s obituary notice to see the link join for the livestream. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, 250-762-2299.

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Mike Compton

September 12, 2020

About seventeen years ago we thought we had lost our friend "Grundy." We were all amazed at his resilience and toughness as he recovered from a stroke at the young age of 32, I believe. The Rugby team of the Huna Hoggs was at first shocked at the news and then inspired at how Darren was walking and determined to run again. It was at that time that I presented this bit of poetry which when sung, is to the tune of "The Wild Colonial Boy." In honor of our good friend and in his cherished memory, I would like to present it here, for his friends and family. I have adapted the last verse slightly.

The Wild Canadian Boy
There was a wild Canadian boy and Grundy was his name.
It was on the field of Rugby, Jonathan Darren won his fame.
From Kelowna to Semiamoo, he heard the Lomas' call,
but the day he joined the Huna Hoggs was the gladdest day of all.

At first the Hoggs were skeptical, for he looked a little lean,
But he was the fiercest tackler, the Hoggs had ever seen,
And when his hands were on the ball, he'd drive it through the pack,
But if you tried to tackle him, he'd put you on your back.

His hide is thick, his arm is strong, his head is like a rock.
"He's too damn tough," opponents said, or so that was the talk.
He has the biggest heart of all, his spirit brings us joy,
So Grundy we salute you now, you wild Canadian boy.

Oh, Grundy is a Huna Hogg and that's a family.
He's been an inspiration to the whole Hogg family tree.
And now he has been laid to rest, his mother's pride and joy,
and dearly loved by all of us, this wild Canadian boy.

May God bless you and hold you in his arms and give you rest, Jonathan Darren Smith, our good friend, Grundy. We love you, Man!

Cam Good

September 12, 2020

Grund!

I have so many good memories going back to Little Bo Peep, endless summers and a better time when we cared about little more than fun and freezies. You were always making trouble yet always able to charm anyone's parents. Despite layering on denim, rugby shirts and countless scars over the years you could never hide that big, soft heart of gold. I loved that. You always felt like a brother to me. You were a beauty of the first order. And loved.

Sandra Whiffin

September 12, 2020

Darren was my first love. We met at Semi and were together for quite a few years. He was part of my family and my mom and brother adored him. He was an amazing person and there’s never been anyone else that has taken his place in my heart. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Trish Silvester-Lee

September 12, 2020

Words cannot express the sadness I feel for Grundy's passing way too young. He was one of my rugby players over the years on various teams & touring with him to Singapore & Australia. He had a kind heart, a great smile & laugh and a good guy off the field. I was lucky I didn't have to play against him!!! I will cherish my memories of Grundy on the rugby pitch, watching rugby games together, being rugby tourist and all the shenanigans he could get us into and summer visits at Turtle Bay in Lake Country. Gone but never forgotten. Grundy will be truly missed.

GOLDIE BRISSON

September 12, 2020

Back in 2015, I had no idea how to park my boat at my doc. Grundy tried to teach me several times how to park. He finally just gave up and would drive my boat for me! I still can't park the boat to this day, lmao!

When my brother passed in Aug of 2015, he was there to help me through the pain and nightmares. He would go above and beyond to ensure I was always taken care of of.

He was a great friend, and he will be truly missed!

GoldieRay

Paul Horne

September 12, 2020

Grundy,
The first day I met you was when you enrolled at Semiahmoo Secondary. I became your teacher, coach and eventually a life long friend. You became part of my family and they loved you very much. I will miss our rugby trips to England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, Singapore and California. I will never forget our baseball trips to Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field.
I cherish the time we had at the Vancouver 7's in 2019. That was the last time we had together.
We will miss your big smile, laughter and kind heart.
The Horne's (Paul &Robin, Kelsey, Hayley, Madeline and Caitlin

Dwayne Turnbull

September 12, 2020

Grundy, my time in Canada would have never been the same without you. You had a heart of gold and was always there for us. I will forever remember the times spent together at work, with the Lomas and having yarns over a few beers. Gone too soon, I will never forget you.

Ann Gilray

September 12, 2020

A few words that come to mind to describe time spent with Grundy: the crib, kits pub, rugby, woods lake, Simon, friendship. Grundy was the only person I would let call me a cougar (me being 5 years his senior) because he always did it with that big grin on his face and laughing because he knew I hated it! You will be missed Grundy. Rest well. XO

Connie McGinley

September 11, 2020

To Grundy's Family,
We are so sorry to hear the news about Darren's passing.
We were part of his Meraloma Rugby Family and have many fond memories of Grundy
always happy and coaching at our club.
Sending you our thoughts and prayers.
Connie, Rob, Scott and Stuart McGinley

Sandra (Gourlay) Conroy

September 11, 2020

We are all so very sorry to hear about Darren. Much too young. I know he will be very missed. Our love to Aunt Lynne, Ted, Stuart and family.

FROM THE FAMILY

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