After a courageous battle against Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Greg Smith passed peacefully on July 12, 2022, at the age of 65.
He will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his daughters Sandra (Jay) and Theresa (Mark), grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
His memory will be cherished by his family Gary (Jan), Graham (Melodie), Pam, Stan (Mona), and Uncle Malcolm (Pauline). Greg loved his family and was blessed to have numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Greg was born in Calgary and spent the majority of his adult life in the Edmonton area. He attained a Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1985. Following graduation he enjoyed a 25 year career in agriculture with the Alberta Pork and Turkey Producers. During this time he made lasting friendships and worked with fantastic colleagues.
Greg’s love for golf and socializing went hand in hand. This passion was nurtured through his 22 year membership at Belvedere Golf and Country Club. Greg shared stories on a regular basis about the amazing memories and friendships he had formed while golfing.
Thailand was Greg’s second home, which he began yearly travel to in 2003. When Greg retired in 2012 he increased his Thailand trips to six month durations each year. When he shared his favorite memories he always referred to the culture, the amazing food, the slower paced lifestyle, and how warm it was. He joined a golf course in Thailand and this allowed him the ability to golf year round. During his time in Thailand he formed cherished friendships with people from all over the world.
In 2017, when Greg sold his beloved 1970 Roadrunner, he reconnected with his motorcycle riding friends and began exploring Alberta’s beautiful scenery and discovering small towns during long bike rides.
Greg had an uncanning ability to connect with others, remember names, and always engage people to see how they and their family were doing. He valued relationships, the importance of hard work, fiscal accountability, and living life to its fullest. Greg imparted his value for education, kindness, and love of science; this was evident through his commitment to be a tissue donor. Through his donation he was able to gift his corneas, bones, tendons, and skin.
A heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of the staff at the University of Alberta Hospital who supported this amazing man through his final journey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alberta Lung Association.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 23, 2022 from 1-4pm at Greg’s beloved Golf course, Belvedere Golf & County Club. Belvedere is located a mile south of the intersection of Provincial highways 14 and 21 near both Sherwood Park and Edmonton Alberta.
We wanted to share that our dad Greg Smith’s Celebration of Life will be streamed via you tube at https://youtu.be/huuCrRg-r-O for those that are not able to join us in person at Belvedere Golf and Country Club. The event begins Friday September 23, 1:00 pm with speeches and open mic at 1:30pm.
“If love alone could have kept you here, you would have lived forever”
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel