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Joseph Smith

1927 - 2021

Barrhead Alberta


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Smith on Sunday, July 11 at the age of 93. He was predeceased by the love of his life and best friend, Alva. They were married 68 years and he missed her greatly.

He was also predeceased by his parents Helen and Joseph, and siblings Florence, Hazel and Elmer. He is survived by brothers Edward (Barb) and Wayne (June) and 6 loving children: Barry (Rose), Bonnie (Lance), Debra (Gilbert), Tammy (Kent), Dale, and Harold (Tina).

He left his community richer with 10 grandchildren: Jessica (Yatin), Kevin (Melodie), Alyssa, Nathan, Charlie (Colleen), Rebecca (Stefan), Kalie (Hans), Graeme (Steph), Matthew (Christine), Ashley, and 10 great grandchildren.

Farming in the Freedom district his whole life, he had a wide circle of friends and was very active in the community. Over the years he was also very active in municipal politics, serving as a county councillor, then Reeve for the County of Barrhead and ultimately became President of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. He was involved in creating a local library, preserving shelter belts, and tree planting initiatives, and was chair of the Barrhead General Hospital, Hillcrest Foundation, and many other boards and committees. 

Joe had many passions. He loved sports and was an excellent ball player both as a youth and well into his 80s in Barrhead and Arizona. He was an avid curler. He loved watching baseball and hockey on TV and couldn’t get enough of his beloved Blue Jays during the long quarantine. The games were all re-broadcasts of old games, but that was ok because he’d forgotten who won originally anyway! He also loved to fish and hunt and continues to have the trophy Walleye at 15.5 pounds, still the standing record for Alberta. 

He leaves his love of the outdoors as a legacy for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He believed in the beauty of nature and was a keen observer of the patterns of birds and the smells and sounds of the forest. He was an environmentalist ahead of his time and he passed on his belief that each one of us is responsible for taking care of the earth. He was a kind and generous person with a great sense of humor.  Above all, he loved his family.

His was a life well lived. We will miss him dearly.  

The family would like to thank the staff at the Barrhead Hospital and Hillcrest Lodge.  A special thanks to Dr. DeWaal for his care and compassion.  

A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a charity of your choice or plant a tree in his memory.

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Darlene Bober Hecnar

July 26, 2021 8:13 AM

Barry, Bonnie and families.  I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father.  We send our deepest condolences.  Schoolmate Darlene Bober Hecnar and Stephen Hecnar.


July 21, 2021 7:33 AM

Thoughts and prayers to Joe’s family.  He will be missed my many.  He was a wonderful man with much to share.  His love of sports, family and friends.  Rest In Peace Joe, once again in the company of your beautiful Alva. 

Ken Kowalski

July 19, 2021 2:43 PM

Joe Smith was a man that I had the greatest amount of respect for. He distinguished himself as a family man, a husband and a father and as an active community builder. The County of Barrhead and the Province of Alberta were enriched by his hard work in advocating for our betterment. I thoroughly enjoyed the many meetings and projects that we were able to work on over the decades and always appreciated his sincerity and dedication. He was a gentleman and a man that we will long remember. Deepest condolences to his family. He can now be with his lifelong friend and love, Alva. 

Phyllis Senneker

July 17, 2021 3:59 PM

Our Sincere condolences on your loss.

Keith and Phyllis Senneker

Ray & Cathy Chapelsky

July 17, 2021 1:54 PM

To the Smith Family,
May fond memories of Joe ease your sorrow in the days ahead.
With Our Sincere Sympathy,

Ray & Cathy Chapelsky

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