McNeil (Neil) Smith

1929 – 2016

Born to Howard and Hazel Smith of Rock Creek on June 5, 1929. Passed away January 16, 2016. Neil was predeceased by his parents, his brother Howard and Betty, his wife of 52 years. He is survived by his daughter Barb (Harvey) Comazzetto, sons Ian (Bev) and Larry, grandchildren Jordana (Jeff), Jeremy, Brookelyn and Coleton and great grandson Deacon.

Neil’s whole life revolved around agriculture. Except for four years spent in South Africa as a young boy and absences for schooling, he lived and worked on the family ranch his entire life. A graduate of the School of Agriculture at the University of Saskatoon he never stopped studying the industry as he strove to keep up with the many advances he saw in his lifetime. He was, for many years, an active member of both the local Kettle River Stockmen’s Association and the Southern Interior Stockmen’s Association, had served on the executive and been president of both, as well as sitting on many other industry committees. Neil was for many years the leader of the Boundary 4H Beef club and 4H was very much a part of him to the end. Neil enjoyed showing cattle as a young man and later judged many fairs and shows around the province. He was also very active in the Rock Creek Fair Association for much of his life. Participating in these organizations was his recreation and through which he made many lasting friendships.

Neil was proud of the accomplishments made in developing the ranch from where his father had left off and was happy to see it still in the family. He never really retired but, rather, was pressed into observer status these past few years due to ill health.

No service by request. Donations in Neil’s memory can be made to Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.

“Take off your gloves and put them down, no more sweat and worry for you now. Your labour is done, your home now is heaven; no more must you wait, Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, and we will close the gate.”

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