A resident of Morrisburg for the past 59 years, Don Smithson passed away at home on Thursday, October 24, 2013. He was 81.
Don was born in Meaford on October 18, 1932, to his parents Edgar and Mary Smithson (nee Heron).
He moved to Morrisburg in 1954, to work for Ontario Hydro’s Relocation Department for the St. Lawrence Seaway. On October 27th, 1956, he married Linda Casselman and together they had two daughters Pamela and Christie.
Later, Don worked as a salesman for various concrete companies, owned Smithson Convenience Store, then worked for McGillis Home Hardware before working, until retirement, as Arena Manager at the Morrisburg Arena.
Don is survived by his wife Linda Smithson (nee Casselman), his daughters Pamela Dawn Ropars (Paul) of Winchester and Christie Lynn Byvelds (Pat) of Williamsburg, his grandchildren Amanda Hodgson (Scott), Mark Byvelds (Christie), Danielle Ropars (Nick), Nicole Ropars and his great-grandchildren Olivia Hodgson and Marek Byvelds.
He is also survived by his sisters Anne Hunter (Barry) of Meaford, Arlene Boothe (Jim) of Wasaga Beach and his brother Shawn Smithson (Connie) of Meaford and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Edgar and Mary Smithson.
Don was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family.
A private family service will be held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg at a later date. Interment of cremated remains will be at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or CHEO would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.