Obituary of SMITH H. (1946 – 2021) – Outlook, SK

SMITH, Lloyd H. It is with a heavy heart, but with an abundance of memories, that we bid farewell to Lloyd, who after a 20-month battle with heart disease, CLL and other health issues, has passed away in hospital. Outlook on November 11, 2021 with his wife, Donna by his side. A celebration of Lloyd’s life was held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Outlook, Sk. With Dale Worrall as referee. Lloyd was born near Dundurn on April 27, 1946. He was predeceased by his father, Harold (1979), his mother, Rose (2004) and his sister, Shirley (2017) and his in-laws, Fred (1989) and Lorraine (2003) Taylor. His wife Donna, his sons Calvin and Allan, his daughter-in-law Neilie and his two precious granddaughters, Kira and Alia as well as many other family and friends will remember him with love. Most of Lloyd’s youth was spent in the small village of Bratton, Sk. Times were tough, but so was Lloyd. Lloyd was a friend to many with a few exceptions. Rich, famous or poor, Lloyd treated everyone the same. He knew how to live fully and shared his passions with others and inspired them to learn guitar, hunt or trap shooting. Although Lloyd has flaws, his caring heart and indomitable spirit have led him to be a better person every day. As a young adult, Lloyd was involved in the construction of the Gardiner Dam, Broderick Reservoir, and the Remote Early Warning Line. Lloyd and Donna married in 1974 and were blessed with two sons – Calvin and Allan. Lloyd enjoyed taking the family on road trips to visit relatives in Western Canada and on vacation to places like the Black Hills in South Dakota. He was especially proud to have taken his family, including extended family and friends, on 3 trips to California to visit Disneyland, Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farms. It is said that a son can pass a father’s knees but never his heart. Lloyd enjoyed trapping with Allan and fishing with Calvin. Writer Richard Bach once wrote “the bond that unites your true family is not a bond of blood, but of respect and joy in the life of each one”. Lloyd has often said that he never wanted to have a daughter. Everything changed when he met his future daughter-in-law, Neilie. Neilie found a way to make Lloyd love her and the two formed a special bond. Being a grandfather was Lloyd’s true calling. Her two granddaughters, Kira and Alia, have become very close and dear to her heart. Spoiling his granddaughters became his new hobby and he loved to tell everyone about his daughters. Lloyd was a regular at many Outlook restaurants such as Modern Café and Outlook Esso. However, he will forever be linked with his beloved friend Jim Kook and the New Outlook Café. Lloyd has appeared in at least two documentaries about Chinese cafes in Saskatchewan where the New Outlook Café was featured. Lloyd was exceptional with both a rifle and a shotgun. In his youth, he won gold and silver medallions for his accuracy with a rifle. He got into trap shooting in the 80s and it became his obsession. In his best days of filming, Lloyd often attended 10 or more local shoots a year as well as provincial, national and international tournaments. Lloyd has brought home many trophies and awards. Even though Lloyd couldn’t get over the combination of cancer, heart disease, lung problems, and infections, that didn’t mean he was going out without a fight. Paraphrasing poets Rudyard Kipling and Dylan Thomas: In the end, he forced his heart, nerves and tendons to serve him long after they left. And held on when there was nothing left except his will to hold on. He raged against the death of the night And did not enter gently into this good night. Memorial donations can be made to: the Saskatchewan Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of their choice. Arrangements are made by Outlook Funeral Chapel 306-867-8255. __________________________________________________

Published by The Outlook from November 25 to December 25, 2021.

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