Dudley Smith

Dudley Stewart Smith

Saturday, January 19th, 1935 - Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Dudley Stewart Smith
January 19, 1935 - April 16, 2019

Passed away at the age of 84 in Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, on the evening of April 16th following a brief illness. Described as charming and delightful until the end by his attending doctor and nurses, he was a brave and sociable character who made a lasting impression on everyone he met.

Dudley is survived by and will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and cousins in the UK and Canada; and by his sisters-in-law Christine and Diane in Ontario.

He is predeceased by his parents Bernard Emmanuel and Grace May (nee Catling), his brother Peter, and in 2015, by his wife of 34 years, Carole (nee Griffin).

Born in University College Hospital, London, Dudley grew up in Wood Green, North London, England. He immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1954 at the age of 19, where he built a successful career working as an Engineer for various Ontario based firms. His work took him to the far North in the depths of winter, to rural Ontario, and beyond.

He was passionate about fast cars, motor racing, sailing, boat building and English footie. As a young man, he was active on the motor racing circuit and at rallies where he successfully raced Minis and MGs. His dashing good looks earned him a modeling job for Castrol Motor Oil (while the equally glamorous Carole modeled for Toyota).

Dudley retired from motor racing to pursue the less risky hobby of sailing. Ironically, it was on a stationary boat in a marina, when a life-changing accident happened in 1981 (1982). Due to the care, devotion, and encouragement from Carole, an exceptional medical team and other family and friends, he pulled through. Although Dudley lived the rest of his life in a wheelchair, rehabilitation and a stubborn constitution enabled him to regain much independence, and to live a full, rich, and active life.

Dudley’s interest and expertise in quality engineering and design continued throughout his life. He designed revisions and adaptations to their own living space, and he consulted to other venues to improve wheelchair accessibility. As he began to slow in the last few years, he had a motor fitted to his wheelchair to satisfy his need for speed and maintain independence.

While Dudley remained in good health until the recent downturn; family and close friends would like to express their sincere thanks to his caregiver, Marifel, for her dedicated, kind, and thorough care. Her patience and compassion in dealing with Dudley’s occasional obstinate nature was outstanding, and he was deeply grateful for all her help.

In lieu of flowers and cards, donations can be made to the Rick Hansen Foundation in the name of Dudley and Carole Smith. Date and time to be announced.
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Service Details

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Francis in the Wood Anglican Church
    4773 Picadilly South
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    Service date and time will be published as soon as confirmed.
    Rev. Angus Stuart


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Helen McFadden

Posted at 06:22pm
I recently was going through old newspapers before recycling them, and found Dudley's obituary. This was a sad surprise, as he was my first and dearest boyfriend. It was not to be as he was already working and I was in Grade 13 with a road to follow, but he has always held a soft spot in my heart. Later when we briefly spoke I was with a partner and he and Carole had been together for many happy years, Please accept my condolences and loving thoughts, and if by any chance you find old photos of the years around 1955 - 58 I would love to see them as I have none myself now. He was a breath of fresh air, fun-loving and funny, and I value every moment we spent together so many years ago. Helen Scrivin, now McFadden

Linda Tucker formerly Smith

Posted at 09:29am
Although many years have passed since my involvement with Dudley and Carole I have many happy memories of our time together. Dudley and I had many times of stubbornness that we dealt with together through, especially, the time after his accident. He was a vibrant and interesting man who continued to really love a life through all hat was thrown his way. He leaves a big gap in many lives, God bless Dudley.

Rina Griffin and family Dan Joey and Melinda.

Posted at 07:26pm
To my dear friend uncle Dudley I wish I would of made it out to Vancouver.
I enjoyed are phone calls.
You where very kind to my family.
And I will never forget about you. Love Rina 💕💕

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