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SMITH, Reverend Stanley J.

October 5, 1924 — May 22, 2019

Reverend Stanley J. Smith died peacefully on May 22, 2019 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 94.

Stan is survived by his sister Dorothy Lambier (Fred) of Agassiz, BC, daughter Linda Manky (Stan) of Quesnel, BC, son Rob Smith (Irene) of Kelowna, BC, grandchildren Michelle (Chris), Kim (Rhys), Heidi, and great-grandchildren Madeline, Elliot, Esmé, and Yuto. He was preceded in death by his wife Elsie (Bitterman) Smith.

Stan was born on October 5, 1924, in Naicam, SK to Leonard and Alice Smith. After marrying Elsie in 1946, they both enrolled in BC Bible Institute, which later became Western Pentecostal Bible College and then Summit Pacific College. After graduating, they moved to Chemainus, BC to lead their first church. Over the years they ministered in several communities around BC including Victoria, Trail, Oliver, Hope, and Cranbrook. In 1968, Stan moved to Vancouver to study at Vancouver City College and became a probation officer, working in North and West Vancouver. In 1977, Stan became a prison chaplain in Chilliwack, BC, where they lived happily for many years. In 2003, he was recognized by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada for 50 years of ministry with distinction. When Elsie’s health declined, they moved to Kelowna, BC.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sandalwood Retirement Resort and Glenmore Lodge for the care of Stan in his final years. They would also like to thank Dr. Alden Lange for the great care that he provided.

A Celebration of Stan’s life will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ERDO-Child Care Plus www.erdo.ca/unsponsored-child-gifts. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences.”
This service will be live Streamed/Broad cast on Monday June 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, June 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for SMITH, Reverend Stanley J. is scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • Brenda Penman says:

    Dear Rob & Irene, Linda & Stan and Family
    I am very sorry for your loss of your Dad.
    I have very fond memories of spending time with your Dad & Mom.
    I remember going out to the Chapel Service at the Prison with them.
    I also remember taking Andrea & Denise to visit your Mom and afterwards your Dad taking us out for tea. This was very special for the girls & I.
    Uncle Stan was a very wonderful Christian Man who has made a difference in my life. He has a very special place in my heart. May God comfort you as you morn his loss and rejoice that he is in a much better place with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You are in my thoughts and Prayer!
    With much love, Brenda & Alex Penman

  • Jack and Bev Nash says:

    Dear Linda and Stan & family, Rob and Irene and family, We loved Uncle Stan so much! What a dear, precious Man of God ! He and Aunt Elsie were a stabilizing force in all our lives in times of trouble. I know Mom looked to those faithful prayer warriors through the years! What a great legacy you’ve been left as Uncle Stan is truly home in every sense of the word! He has lived a long, faith filled life! All the people he has ministered Jesus to all these years! He is an amazing man, and I know you’re really going to feel the loss! I’m so thankful for the family times and I can see him now with that deep belly laugh and big smile. He always carried such “peace” and kindness. I pray that as you honour your Father and Grandpa and Great Grandpa that you’ll be blessed and overflowing with the precious Presence of God, Holy Spirit. All our deepest condolences and love, Bev and Jack Nash and family!!!

  • Elmer and Jean Martin says:

    So good to get in on the service via. internet. A very special time of honouring a great Christian father and minister. Our friendship covered many years. The first Evangelistic Crusade we had in B.C. was with your Dad and Mom in Trail. God bless you all Elmer and Jean Martin

  • Jaroslava Belava says:

    Kim and family,
    please accept our condolences.
    Jaroslava, Miro, and Saika

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