Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre

356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, ON


Alice May Smith

July 25, 1921September 4, 2019

Smith, Alice May (nee Thomas)

Alice Smith passed away peacefully at the Creedan Valley Nursing Home in Creemore on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in her 99th year.

The eldest of the eight children of the late Walter and Nettie Thomas of Hastings, Nanny or Aunt Alice, as she was known to many family and friends, was the beloved., loving and devoted wife of Arthur Benjamin (Ben) Smith of Peterborough (died 1983).

Alice was predeceased by her brother Murray and sister in law, Ruth, and sisters Ruth Shadgett (the late Art), Marilyn Daniels (the late Jim), and Lynda (Fred). She will be sorely missed by her surviving sisters Joyce Metcalf (the late Len), Jean Adams (Don), brother Laverne (the late Maurie) and step-daughter Nola Whitesell (Wray).

She was loving Nanny to grandchildren Steven Thomas (Irene), Rebecca Eveland, Joel Thomas (Joy), Ben Thomas (Bev), Jocelyn Peterson (Yuris), and Mark Whitesell (Mary Ellen). Among her cherished great grandchildren are Vincent Thomas, Devon Thomas, Rachel Thomas, Sarah Eadie, Jordan Eveland, Dax Thomas, Chi Rose, Erin Thomas, Jonathon Thomas, Lindsay Thomas, their respective partners, and a myriad of great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A gifted musician, Alice was a well known piano teacher for decades in Peterborough having achieved ARTC qualifications (Honours) through the Royal Conservatory of Music.

As a staunch soldier of the Salvation Army, Alice devoted her life to music particularly as organist of the Peterborough Temple of the Salvation Army in Peterborough where her talents both as the accompanist for the Songster Brigade and many vocal and instrumental soloists were greatly sought after. Her work particularly as an organ soloist was also in great demand during the 50 years before her retirement. She was also the organist for Comstock Funeral Home in Peterborough for a long number of years.

For the selfless work and community service accomplished throughout her life, she was presented with the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award - Sovereign Medal for Volunteers in October 1998.

Her life has touched so many over the years with unconditional love and with the joy of music. She will be deeply missed.

A celebration of Alice's life will take place at the Peterborough Temple of the Salvation Army, 219 Simcoe Street, Peterborough on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11 am. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 am until service time.

Arrangements entrusted to Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, Peterborough 705-745-4683


  • Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019


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Jean Sanders

September 11, 2019

Sincere Condolences to the Family:
I remember Alice as being a prim, proper & Classy lady with a beautiful smile. She taught me piano lessons from their home on Clonsilla Avenue when I was in my early years. I also worked with her husband “Ben” at CGE. He was the Employee Counsellor in Personnel. Ben treated employees in his position with dignity & respect.
Music & piano playing was her passion.
Cherish the Memories of a wonderful sweetheart couple.

Jean Sanders (Clark/Stewart) Retired CGE

Shane Daniels

September 10, 2019

I remember when aunt Alice would visit.She always had such beautiful smile.What a nice lady.

Lynette and Lindsay Rowe (Colonels)

September 10, 2019

What precious memories of a lovely Christian woman of beauty and grace! Alice was our organist while we served as her corps Officers in Peterborough from 1996 to 2001. It was always a blessing to hear those lovely melodies during offertory selections on Sundays. Her smile, laughter and positive spirit were contagious. Our visits always ended with a lovely cup of tea! We look forward to the day when we will meet again in Our heavenly Home!

marilyn allington

September 10, 2019

Dear Alice was a wonderful mentor and a great partner to play piano with her on the organ; A accomplished accompanist for our songsters adding so much to the selections for so many years. She had a great sense of humor and smile; I loved having tea in China cups when she hosted a party; I'm sure there will be many memories shared at the celebration if her life. Well done good and faithful servant.

Keitha Zwicker

September 10, 2019

I will never forget Alice and her wonderful talent on the organ at Peterborough Temple for so many years. A beautiful Christian lady with a ready smile and an encouraging word. Many an early morning we would stand at the curb in front of her house on Clonsilla and chat. She would be putting out her recycling and I was passing by on my early morning walks. My condolences to the family.

Edward Hawks

September 9, 2019

All my years growing up she was always a constant figure and example for myself and others. When I married, she was very kind and loving to my wife and then our children. She played at our wedding and for my brother singing a solo for us. WE will always remember her!