July 23, 1923 – January 31, 2003
Smith, Murray Harold Kitchener
Dec. 7, 1916 – Nov. 22, 2006
Joan (nee Wilson) was born in Middlesborough, England as the fourth of six children. At a young age, she moved to the Battersea area where she later worked as an electrical instrument maker during World War II. She met Murray through her sister Anne in 1941 and they later married in Battersea on October 2, 1943. Following the end of the war, Joan travelled to Canada with her young son to rejoin her husband in Ontario. Murray, Joan and their three children resided in South Africa for eight years before finally settling in Richmond, BC in 1960.
Joan loved to dance, enjoyed theatre and devoted her life to her family. She was a member of the Richmond Rotary Anns and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Vancouver Club of Printing House Craftsmen. She was a beloved mother and grandmother.
Murray Harold Kitchener Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario. A decorated Corporal in the Royal Canadian Corps Signals, he served his country in the United Kingdom and Europe during WWII. Murray later worked in the printing ink trade until his retirement. He was a member of the Richmond Rotary Club, Vancouver Club of Printing House Craftsmen, a Shriner with the Gizeh Communication Unit, and a member of the Tsawwassen Masonic Lodge #185. He also had a passion for ham radio and always appreciated a good martini.
Survived by their sons, Dennis (Austine), Terry (Elvira), & daughter Kay Croucher (Phillip), grandchildren Larry, Colleen, Barbra, Kelly, Nancy, Lindsay, Thomas, Richard, and Michael, six great grandchildren, as well as numerous relatives in England and Australia. Murray and Joan will be fondly remembered and missed by all. A family gathering will be held at a later date.