Thomas "Tom" Clifford Smith

Friday, September 2nd, 1927 - Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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September 2, 1927 – December 31, 2019
Surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, Thomas Clifford Smith, “Tom”, of Tillsonburg passed away at the Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock at the age of 92 years. Loving and devoted husband of 25 years to his wife Barbara. Caring father to his children Kathy Smith, Larry (Alanna) Smith, Steven Smith, Jeffrey (Caroline) Smith, Cheryl (Ken) Donais, Wendy (Larry) Dewaele, Debra (Frank) Walters, Pamela (Rob) Weinberger, Perry Miller, Colby (Sandy) Miller and Troy (Lisa) Miller. Loving grandfather and great grandfather to 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. He will also be missed by his siblings Norman (Sheila) Smith and Marilyn (Bill) Carter and sister in law Doreen Smith. Uncle to several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Morley (1974) and Jennie (1993), his son Beverly (1978), his first wife Margery (1965) and his second wife Beatrice (1990), daughter-in-law Sandra Smith as well as his siblings Milton (2009), Jack (Pauline) (2016) and Jim (Norma) (2017). Friends and family will be received at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Friday, January 03, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. with a funeral service to follow. Interment will take place at the Tillsonburg Cemetery. A special thank you to Judy Crane and the staff at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock and to Dr. Barry Roth for all of your support. Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation or the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the Smith family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Ostrander's Funeral Home
  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 3:30pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 3:30pm
    Ostrander's Funeral Home, Chapel
    Rev. Karlene Brown-Palmer
  • Interment

    Tillsonburg Cemetery
    193 Simcoe Street
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    Carriage Hall
    25 Brock St.W.
    Tillsonburg, Ontario Canada, ON N4G 2A3
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Travis Dewaele

Posted at 11:33pm
My Grandfather or “Poppy” as I called him was a kind, generous and hilarious man. Always quick witted and full of stories, he made everyone around him laugh and feel welcomed. Growing up he always had time for all of his grandchildren (and there were many), and as an adult I always looked forward in dropping by to see him whenever I was in town. I will miss him.

Wendy Dewaele

Posted at 07:01pm
Dad, what can I say about Dad? He was a loyal and committed husband, father, and grandfather. He was always there when we needed him and he would never say no. I watched him tenderly care for my mother when she became ill. He truly had the patience of "Job." He was a wonderful grandfather to my boys and taught one to ride a bike and later drive a car when no one else had the patience to do so. He hand cut gingerbread for my house, lovingly and painstakingly, every time I would say "Dad, I think I need just a little bit more" until it went all the way around the house. When my husband became ill there wasn't a time, even up until the last few months, that he didn't ask how he was doing. That was dad, always worried about others. I lost my first father when I was three years old and this was the only dad I ever knew. I thank God for picking me out such a wonderful, caring father to teach me and help me become an adult. I love you Dad and I will always be grateful for having you in my life.

grant lambden

Posted at 04:30pm
Sorry Larry and all your family to hear Tom passed . He meant alot to many. grant lambden

Yvonne and Mark Jones

Posted at 09:06pm
Jeff and Caroline, Kathy and family. We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. We always enjoyed hearing of your visits and stories of Tom while we visited bottling wine. Our thought and prayers are with your family during this sad time. What a great and humorous man. He will be truly missed by all.
Love...Bon and Mark Jones

Joshua Dewaele

Posted at 05:31pm
What can I say about Tom Smith. He was a great grandfather, he was my Poppy. He helped teach me to ride a bike, he helped in my driver's training. If you ever went anywhere in town with him you could count on it being a long outing because he knew EVERYONE.

He took me to Maroons games back in the days of the Maroons. Now with my son playing hockey on our town's Maroons there's always reminders of him there.

If there was ever any inappropriate joke to be told he was probably there like the first time he met my now wife.

Some of my favourite memories would include when he took me to get my stitches as a kid. He said "if you scream and cry you can't have a ride home." Fortunately the doctor said "you can scream and cry, just don't move."

He was also very fair. My brother, who is 7 years younger than me had a habit of hitting me. Because of the age difference I was told I can't hit back. He happened to hit me at Poppy's place. Poppy's advice. "Hit him back" clearly I wouldn't try this now.

Living so far away my biggest regret is he only met 2 of my 4 children because I am sure they would have loved him.

Josh, Cortney, Connor, Derian, Emmett and Madelyn

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