NEW GLASGOW – Clarence Donald “Butch” Smith, 75, New Glasgow, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow.
Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late Clarence Steven “Flicker” and Lena Mae (Fougere) Smith. During the Vietnam War he served with the United States Air Force from 1967-1969 retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Butch was a “born salesman” and enjoyed a varied career that began with Atlantic Television (ATV), Rock 103, Centennial Office Equipment, Xerox, Fraser Computers and The Casket. In younger years he was an accomplished amateur boxer. Butch “loved to dance”, winning many Jive competitions and was an avid reader of novels and history and loved action movies. He enjoyed taking long walks and in his 50’s would routinely walk 20 km and more. Butch was an impressive amateur musicologist who “loved” the Beatles. He shared his mother, Lena’s, love of cooking and politics and was very proud of the legacy left by his father, Flicker and his brothers. Butch possessed a comfort with others and would talk to anyone, no matter, who, what or where they came from. He leaves his own beautiful legacy to his wife and children of a life well lived. For Butch, “Life has changed; not ended!”
Surviving are his wife, Jessie Virginia (Lays); daughters, Kerri Smith and Stacy Smith, Toronto, Ont.; son, Clint Smith, Victoria, B.C.; sister, Marie (Robert) LaRock, Lafayette, Ind., USA; stepchildren, Thomas MacEwan, Wolfville; Lynette (Andrew) Bernier, Mount Albert, Ont.; Steven MacEwan, Lloydminster, Alta.; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Lays, Plymouth; Michelle Lays, Hopewell; brothers-in-law, Tommy (Maureen) Lays, Halifax; Sandy (Mary) Lays, Peter (Elizabeth) Lays, Jim (Marolyn) Lays, all of Westville; many nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held.
If desired, donations may be made in memory of Butch to his family.
Butch’s family wish to thank Terry Spencer who faithfully visited Butch each week, took him for long drives and to his many doctor appointments. They wish to thank the VON nurses and Home Support workers for their care. To Dr. Bradley MacDougall for making home visits, the Westville Medical Clinic staff, and Dr. Min Lee at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. To the first responders and EHS paramedics for their numerous lift assist visits. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
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