Allan Frank Smith

May 19, 1943 - August 18, 2023

In Loving Memory

Allan Frank Smith

Allan passed away August 18 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital after a summer filled with family visits and loving care. He leaves behind his partner of 34 years, Cathy Glover, his daughter and the joy of his life Devon Smith, his stepson Dean Little (Kelsey) and his beloved grandchildren Mercer and Savannah, as well as his sister Anne Braund, nieces Catherine and Jennifer and nephew Kevin Braund and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Frank (1994) and Catherine (2009), sister Helen (2015), and his brother-in-law Peter Braund (2023).

Allan grew up on the family farm on Goudy Road in Ladner, graduating as his father did before him and his daughter after, from Delta Secondary in 1961. He worked for Delta Foam Board before investing in Richmond Plywood in 1966 where he retired as production manager (and number one on the payroll) in 2013. In his father’s footsteps, he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Delta Lodge 21 in 1961, serving as provincial Grand Master in 2009-2010. He continued to be an active member of Coronation #48 in Armstrong and Rebekah Excelsior #23 of Kamloops after moving to Enderby with Cathy and Devon in 2013. He relished his role as the unofficial patriarch and historian for both orders and truly enjoyed the fellowship he received right up until his passing.

Allan raised purebred Angus cattle in Ladner, launching his Aleden herd in 1972. The herd grew to more than 60 Red and Black mother cows by the early 90s and were visible from Hwy 17 between Ladner and Tsawwassen. He was an active member of the BC Angus Association and marketed his bulls at sales throughout the Southern Interior every spring. He was deeply honoured when the Canadian Angus Association commemorated his 50 year membership earlier this summer. He was a lifetime member of the Delta Agricultural Society, a member of Delta Farmers’ Institute and the Canadian Red Angus Association. His ties to the beef industry in BC and the agricultural community in Ladner ultimately led to the purchase of Country Life in BC in 2016 with Cathy when she assumed the role as publisher.

Allan loved his cows, but he loved his family even more. He was a loving son and brother, a favourite “Unca,” an adoring and very proud father and stepdad, a delighted grandfather and an “enabling” partner. He’s touched all our lives in different ways and will be forever missed – in Friendship, Love and Truth.

Family will gather for Internment at the family plot at Boundary Bay Cemetery in Tsawwassen followed by a reception for all at his IOOF home lodge in Ladner, 5425 Ladner Trunk Road, on Saturday, September 16, 1-3 pm.  

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-546-7237

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-546-7237

2980 Smith Dr,
Armstrong, BC V0E 1B1

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 2

  1. Daphne Savage says:

    Cathy. Kind regards to you and your family as you lose such a wonderful husband and father.
    We both have happy memories of our life in Ladner
    Regards, Daphne

  2. Stephenie Murphy says:

    So very sorry to hear that Al has passed away. He was a wonderful person to work with through all the years. Very dedicated and hard worker. He also had a great sense of humor. Devon , I know he was so very proud of you and he boasted of all your accomplishments through the years. Cathy you were a wonderful partner in crime with him.

    I would have attended the service but unfortunately I only found out today. Sending you love and prayers and please know that Allan was very well thought of at Richmond Plywood and his “work family”. He was sorely missed but we so very happy for him to get a chance to enjoy his retirement with you and Devon in the interior.

    Much love to you both,
    Stephenie Murphy

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