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Jennifer (Roy) Smith

March 4, 1952 ~ November 30, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Jennifer Smith Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jennifer Smith (nee Roy), “The J Lady”, 71, on November 30th, 2023 at Sechelt Hospital. Jennifer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late August of this year and battled fiercely and courageously in the short time that she was in treatment.

Jennifer was born on March 4th, 1952 in Copper Cliff, Ontario to Aileen (nee Filteau) and Lionel Roy. She is survived by Dr. Thomas Smith (“Tommy Baby”) and children, Thomas Smith Emily Huizenga (nee Smith), and son-in-law Ben Huizenga. She leaves behind her cherished miniature labradoodle Mr. Blisster and grandchildren Oliver (“Oly”) Huizenga, Isaac (“Ike”) Huizenga, and her siblings John, Peter, and Diane Roy.

Jennifer grew up in Copper Cliff, Ontario, and graduated from Copper Cliff High School in 1971. She was an excellent student and athlete, playing nearly every sport in school, and held the Northern Ontario record for standing broad jump. She attended Nursing School at St Michael’s and graduated in 1973. She worked as a nurse for a few years at Sick Children’s Hospital before she met her husband, Tom.

Jennifer and Tom were setup on a blind date in 1975 and have been married for 47 years.  Jennifer became the Office Manager of TeeJay DentCo, Tom’s dental practice, for 38 years. They ran the dental practice and raised their kids in Windsor, Ontario.  In that time she was also President of the Parents’ Club at DM Eagle Public School, member of Beach Grove Golf and Country Club where she enjoyed golf and curling, and played 10 pin bowling for years.

Jennifer was known to throw the most epic and welcoming community and family gatherings. From the school fun fair and karaoke night, to hosting family dinners for over 35 people. She made nearly every Halloween costume for her children, and was always there to sing happy birthday, create a welcoming environment, or bring someone a casserole if they were in the throes of grief or loss. She and her husband Tom worked as a team, and were the ultimate hosts.

After moving to Sechelt in 2015, Jennifer worked at Cactus Flower and Blue Magnolia, and was an active member of many community groups and initiatives, including campaigning for Avi Lewis, raising money and support for countless causes, and cooking meals for the homeless. She walked along Snickett daily, played canasta and bridge and had many friends who loved her very much. Her generosity and consideration of others will not be forgotten.

A Celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held in the Spring of 2024 in Sechelt. We will send an announcement once the plans have been made.

 

"I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, 'No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, "I will see you again very soon."'

That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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