Ian SMITH

passed away peacefully on September 20, 2008 in the Central Okanagan Hospice House at the age of 86.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years Helen, son Ken and wife Gerry (Pender Island), daughter Wendy Kearns and husband Bill (Kelowna), sister Chris Spratt (White Rock), brother-in-law Jack Newsom (Kelowna) and sister-in-law Allie Smith (Delta) and many nieces, nephews and extended family.  Sadly predeceased by two infant sons, sisters Barbara Newsom and Margaret Baxter, brothers Don Smith and Archie Smith and brothers-in-law Lem Spratt and Johnny Baxter.  Ian was a lifelong resident of Kelowna having grown up in the Benvoulin area.  A plumber and gas fitter by trade, he served as the City of Kelowna Gas and Plumbing inspector for many years and was well respected in his field.  He was also a former member of the Kelowna Lion’s Club and the OK Noggins Trailer Club.  During his retirement he and his wife Helen loved to spend time traveling in their motor home and spent winters in the southern USA and summers fishing and camping.  Ian was a wonderful husband, family man, friend and neighbour, he will be greatly missed.  The family would like to thank the staff of the Douglas Fir Unit and the new Central Okanagan Hospice House for the excellent care and compassion shown to Ian and family during the past weeks.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 1:30 pm at the Kelowna City Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Ave, with a reception to follow at Reids Hall, Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association: 202 – 1456 St. Paul St., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.