“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.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/the Com­pass

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.

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