Gerald Frederick Smith
Peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 at Braemar Nursing Home, Gerald “Jerry” Smith passed away at the age of 92, one month before his 93rd birthday.
The devoted husband of Ruth (Stokes) Smith, Jerry was the loving dad of Rick and Faye Smith of Kitchener and Shari and Kevin Good of Wingham.
He was the cherished grandpa of Jamie Good, Tanya and Bryce Toll and Danielle and Nick Campbell and special great-grandpa of Julie and Kylie Good, Avery and Sadie Toll and Lenyx and Korlee Campbell.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Charles Smith and Georgina and Archibald MacDonald, sister Gloria Lockridge (Douglas), grandson Paul Jonah and brothers-in-law Fred Stokes (Dorothy) and Don Stokes (Jane).
Jerry was born in Wingham on Oct. 11, 1929 at the family home on Carling Terrace, he later moved to Goderich and then to Chesley as a young boy when his father died. He returned to Wingham in his teenage years and after completing Grade 10 he went to work.
In 1962, Jerry was able to repurchase his childhood home and he and Ruth were very proud to raise their two children there. Jerry was an upholsterer at Fry and Blackhall for many years, with his first project being for his Aunt Marg, who wanted a chair done. He also worked for John Currie at the furniture store and Jim Currie at Estate Marketing, as well as the Red Front Grocery Store before opening his own business, out of his home, as an upholsterer which he continued for over 20 years with the help of his wife Ruth.
In his spare time, Jerry taught evening upholstery classes and also taught the boys’ occupational classes on Monday. He was a dedicated member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, loved to dance and enjoyed skating and playing shinny.
Visitation was held at McBurney Funeral Home, Wingham on Wednesday, Sept. 14, followed by the funeral service that afternoon. Interment will take place at Wingham Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu, please consider memorial donations to the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Wingham or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences available at www.mcburneyfuneralhome.com