SMILEY, Robert Joseph

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

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Derek Drager

Dear Nancy, you are in my thoughts daily. Every time I spoke to Skip, or you, my spirits were lifted. He brought joy to my life. Thank you both!

Linda and Maurice Taylor

Dear Nancy and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Skip’s passing. Skip was a great guy and so full of energy. He was always a joy to be around. Our boys remember being with him on the handball court and having fun when they were younger. We have great memories of Skip at handball tournaments and banquets. Nancy, you and Skip were always so active and we would see you running thru our neighborhood. We will miss him. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

Sheryl Neuman

Please accept my sympathies on Skip’s passing. I would have liked to have met him because you spoke so fondly of him. Although it didn’t materialize, I thought he must be quite an extraordinary person who would be enthused about working at Giant Tiger just because it was a possibility! May you be surrounded by God’s love and find comfort in your memories, family and friends.

Heather Smiley-Deneau

Unkie Skip was like my second dad. I loved him fiercely which mirrored his love for family and friends. He was such a caring man with an absolute heart of gold. I have so many great memories but my favorite is him walking me down the aisle & giving me away at my wedding. It was so special to me. I will miss his laugh, goofy jokes and sarcasm, and his super-squeeze hugs! I am happy he is reunited with dad (Bud) but so heartbroken that he has left the love of his life Nancy and his beautiful daughters, wonderful son-in-laws, and most cherished grandkids. Love to you all and I look forward to celebrating his life when we are able to. xoxo

David H Overand

From Dave and Lorraine Overand. Sorry to hear about Skip. We always enjoyed interacting with him at Racquetball and Handball events. He was always so friendly.

Georgina Burstow

Nancy, I am so sorry to learn you have lost Skip. Please know that besides your family, you can lean on your friends to help you through this very difficult time.

Joyce Assen

Condolences to you, Nancy, and your family. He was such a happy, joyful person who made those around him feel the same way. I know he was so proud of his daughters and his grandkids. May you find comfort in your family and the happy memories you made together.

Alan Johns

To Nancy and Family, so sorry to hear of Skip’s passing, he was such a wonderful person and ambassador for the game of handball. A true competitor and friend to all. He always made everyone feel so welcome. My condolences from Al Johns and on behalf of the Saskatchewan handball family.

Paul Shanks

From Kim, Paul, Abigail and Jack Shanks, we send out hugs and kisses to Nancy and her family. We loved sitting on the deck with you and Skip for a summer BBQ.
He will be greatly missed.

All our Love

Norma Moor

Nancy, my sympathies go out to you and your family. Skip was a wonderful guy and I am sure there is a great handball game going on now between him and Dinty. We will always
have our good memories to look back on.

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