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 Charles Keith Smith

February 1, 1947 – December 29, 2018

            Peacefully on December 29, 2018, Keith passed away at Boundary Trails Health Centre.  He was 71 years of age.

            He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (Ken); grandsons Drew (Sasha) and Jory (Jasmine); siblings Garry, Leona, Norleen (Jim), and Syd (Jan); nephews and nieces Ray (Angie), Duane (Liza), Diane (Kyle), Shamus, Ryan, Chris (Teri), Michael, Lorien (Matt), Meaghen (Andrew), and Shane (Shayna); great-nephews and nieces Brennan, Delaney, Grady, Lowell, Shayna, Morgan, Payton, Rylie, and Emmett.  He was predeceased by parents Charles (1974) and Gladys (2011), and sister-in-law Heather (2014). 

            Keith was born on February 1, 1947 at Bethel Hospital in Winkler.  He attended New Haven and Manitou schools and belonged to the 4-H beef club for several years.  Typical of the era, he and brother Garry drove tractors and trucks at a young age and helped their dad with all farm work and Hereford cattle. 

            In 1966, he went to Thompson to work for Inco. He was home for spring 1967 to put the crop in and take it off that fall. He lived briefly in Winnipeg and then moved back to Thompson in 1968 to drive delivery truck for CN rail until 1970.  He then worked shift work at JenPeg until 1973, living in camp during the week and home on weekends.

            He married Linda Church in 1967 and their daughter, Kim, was born in 1971.  In 1973, they moved to the home farm on SE 15-4-8, bought a house trailer, and began his farming career.  He was a very hard worker and added to the farm with additional land north of the home farm and continued the Smith tradition of raising cattle.

            Keith enjoyed a party and he loved to dance, and we all knew he loved George Strait’s “old” country music.  Many good times were had with family and his “family friends” at Altamont, and he never tired of playing cribbage.  He never lost his passion for farming, always asking about various farm activities, and, of course, commenting on the weather.  He always had opinions about politics and took a keen interest in history and current world events.   

            For health reasons, Keith left the farm in 2011.  He moved into Homestead South in Morden in 2012.  The staff and fellow residents became his second family.  He spent many hours in the library and enjoyed cribbage with fellow crib enthusiasts.  He also enjoyed family trips to Syd’s at Beausejour, as well as road trips with friends from Homestead South - his keen eye observing what was going on whether on a drive or a walk.  A highlight for him this fall was a 4-seater plane ride over the Pembina Valley and a helicopter ride over Winnipeg, Beausejour, Lake Winnipeg, and Stonewall.  He didn’t show much excitement at the time, but he told everyone he met about the rides! 

            Keith was always polite, always had a smile, and always shook hands.  His sense of humour and kind heart will be missed by those who loved him and cared for him.  Special thanks to Homestead South, Heavenly Home Care, Palliative Care staff and volunteers, and the medical staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre. 

             A Celebration of Life for Keith took place on January 4, 2019 at Homestead South. Our heartfelt thanks to Homestead South for their friendship over the years, as well as providing the venue for the Celebration.

            Cremation has taken place, and interment will be held in the spring at New Haven Cemetery.  The family would like to thank Doyle’s Funeral Home for their friendly and professional service.   

            Donations in Keith’s memory may be made to South Central Cancer Resource Centre and/or BTHC Palliative Care program. 


#1 Rhonda Friesen McElroy 2019-01-03 06:08
Your laugh and sense of humour will be missed Keith. Your impromptu and unannounced drop-ins have been noticed and you will never be forgotten. Love you
#2 Glenn & Tammy Jordan 2019-01-03 07:45
Sending our heartfelt sympathy to all Keith's family. We have many special memories of times spent with Keith. He will me missed by many.
#3 Jim & Judy Webber 2019-01-03 08:57
Our Sincere Sympathy to all the family. Keith was a great guy, with a great smile!

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