Arnold Wiedrick Obituary, Death – Sid Smith, 79, died unexpectedly on December 20, 2017 at Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest. Sid has four children, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. His daughter Jackie and her children Jeremy “Bud Bud”, Jennifer “Cheeky”, and Andrew “Andy Pandy” will remember him. Dad gave the grandchildren nicknames, and there was never a time when he called them by their given names. Sid will be missed by his daughters Jackie and Rhonda, as well as his son Mickey. Trevor, Jeremy, Jennifer, Andrew, Matthew, Michael, Kyle, and Rhiannan all had Sid as a grandfather.Sylvia, Sid’s wife and the mother of his children, died before him. His daughter Heather (2003), brothers Shirley, Dave, and Johnny, and sister Joyce before him in death.
Dad found love and happiness with Gail Downie “Darling” over the last 10 years, as well as her daughter Kathy, son-in-law Mike, and granddaughters Megan “Megger” and Samantha. Dad became a member of Gail’s family because they spent so much time together. Dad loved animals and will be greatly mourned by his dog Skipper. Dad was one-of-a-kind. He was always on the move, and I can’t tell you how many towns in Ontario he’s lived in over the years. With the anecdotes he shared about long-time good buddy Bill Nicol, he never forgot his buddies. On Boxing Day, they competed to see who could wake up first. Dad would frequently recall his two pals, both named Ken, over the years.
Dad and Gail had been inseparable for ten years. Gail was in and out of the hospital for a month before he died. Dad was never one to visit the hospital; he preferred to drop off and pick up. Gail shared Dad’s last day with her after she was released from the hospital, and while she was recovering, Dad went shopping and surprised her with a small Christmas tree. They were looking forward to their first Christmas in their new flat. Gail was surprised later when he asked to go to the hospital but didn’t want Gail to go since he didn’t want her to become sick, only to receive the call that he had died.
Thank you especially to the compassionate and understanding employees at England Funeral Home. He was Sid, Dad, Sonny, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa all rolled into one. Your family and friends will miss you, Sid/Dad. Sid’s life will be celebrated at a later date after a private family visitation and cremation. Donations to a charity of your choice may be donated as a show of compassion.