“Salt of the earth”
Hundreds mourn loss of well-known and loved Heart’s Content man
A man who loved the land and sea, especially being on the water, and was described by all who knew him as the “salt of the earth” was laid to rest in his native Heart’s Content Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The “Service of Thanksgiving and Praise to Almighty God for the life of Henry (Harry) Gordon Smith took place at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church four days after Smith lost his life in a drowning accident near Cavendish, just up the shore.
The 79-year old Heart’s Content man had been fishing with his brother, David when he stood up in the 14-foot aluminum craft they were in and lost his balance. Harry fell over, causing the boat to overturn and throwing David into the water as well. Both men were wearing life jackets at the time. While David was able to drag himself on top of the boat, Harry was unable to do so and slipped back into the water. David went back in for his brother pulling him back to shore where he performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for about 25 minutes, but was unsuccessful in resuscitating the deceased. Doing everything humanly possible to save his brother, David also somehow found the strength to climb a steep embankment to seek
help, but it was too late.
Love and respect
The deep respect in which Harry Smith was held was demonstrated by the more than 450 family members and friends from up and down the south shore of Trinity Bay, north shore of Conception Bay and beyond who filled the pews at the church to pay their final respects for their beloved family member and friend.
Acting as pallbearers, grandchildren and nephews of the late Henry (Harry) Gordon Smith carry the remains of their beloved grandfather and uncle from St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church in Heart’s Content Aug. 8. They are: clockwise, from bottom left: Devin Hiscock (boy in white shirt); Don Green, funeral director, Green’s Funeral Home; Travis Harnum, Laura Smith, Jonathan Evely, Tony Smith, Robin Smith, nephews; Justin Evely, Trevor Harnum and Davis Smith.