Robert webFollowing a valiant battle with cancer at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Saturday June 29th, 2013, Mr. Robert Smith of Chatham.  Born in Tilbury East Township on December 9th, 1925, son of the late Charles and Leila Smith.  Beloved husband and best friend of Mary (McIntyre).  Predeceased by his brothers Lyle and James.  Survived by his nephews Gary Smith and Cherrill Walker, Paul and his wife Erica, and Dale and his wife Lea.  Also survived by his sister-in-law Margaret Nichols (late Lloyd), and brother-in-law John McIntyre and his wife Barbara.  He will be sadly missed by his several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Bob retired from farming the Smith Century Farm (1832) where he was the fifth generation.  He was a Pioneer Sales rep (20 years), and moved to Chatham in 1999.  He was a member of Parthenon #267 Chatham and a 60 year member of Century Lodge #457 Merlin.  He was a Past D.D.G.M. Chatham District, member of Chatham Lodge of Perfection, The Kent Chapter of Rose Croix, the Moore Sovereign Consistory Hamilton, Mocha Temple, London, and the Ahcom Shrine Club Chatham.  Bob was also a member of the Chatham Model Railroad Train Club.  He was a former member and elder of Valetta Presbyterian Church and was presently a member of First Presbyterian Church, Chatham.  Bob cared deeply for others, which they could sense, hence his friendships with those his age and half his age of all backgrounds and pursuits.  He retained his sense of humour to the end.  Family and friends are invited to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, 519-352-2710, on Wednesday July 3rd visiting from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of the funeral home on Thursday July 4th at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Mike Maroney of First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Cremation to follow with interment Stewart Cemetery at a later date.  Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, C.C.A.C., or the Canadian Cancer Society (Multiple Myeloma).  On-line condolences may be left at  A Masonic Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.


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