Robert Joseph (Skip) Smiley passed away on Friday morning June 10, 2022, at the age of 80.
Skip was predeceased by his parents Joe and Gladys Smiley and brother Warren (Bud) Smiley. He leaves behind sister Marilyn Boldt (Kitchener, ON) and numerous relatives.
Born in Kitchener in 1941, he then moved his family to Edmonton in 1969. Skip leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Nancy and his two daughters Lisa (Sheldon Weinkauf) and Stephanie (Tory Ohlhauser). He was also a grandfather to Hannah and Jack Weinkauf and Taylor, Keely, and Sydney Ohlhauser.
Skip had the gift of gab. Everywhere he went, he was making friends. He was a gregarious, entertaining person who liked to say he graduated from the University of positivity. Skip loved cheering on the Edmonton Eskimos and Oilers and was an avid runner for much of his life. One of his greatest passions was the sport of handball, whether playing the game or coaching. A great advocate for the sport, Skip was inducted into the Canadian Association Hall of Fame in 2014. As a member of the city of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence, he ensured recognition for others in the Edmonton sports community.
In Skip’s final days he was provided excellent care in the Grey Nuns Hospital’s ICU. His family would like to express their gratitude to all the nurses and doctors that showed compassion in their care for him.
A celebration of Skip’s life will be held at a later date.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101