NADINE HOPE SMALLWOOD
B. E. M.
Nadine Hope Smallwood Garrett nee Harley (Hawryli) Age 93. November 1, 2018.
Late one night in 1942, Nadine crept downstairs to a room in the basement where her father kept his important papers, sorted through them, and found the needed documents and ran away from home to join the air force. She was 18, and as the recruiting office noted, a very determined young woman. She was posted to RCAF Rockcliffe.
During the war, she received top secret clearance for the work she was doing, and was awarded the British Empire Medal. This was also when she discovered her love of flying.
At the end of the war, wishing to continue flying, she joined the Ottawa Flying Club where she met the president of the club, and her future husband, Col. L.A. (Chips) Smallwood. In addition, she joined the Gatineau Gliding club where she became a member of the board of directors, and set a woman’s altitude record for glider flight.
She also became an amateur radio operator, VE3AKI, and took up painting, photography, and skiing.
Nadine, or “Dean” as she was known to their friends, and Chips were keen pilots and sailors. They would fly down to Toronto Island, and then head over to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and spend the weekend sailing their boat, the “Lauren.”
When Chips died in 1963, Nadine, with two small children in tow, decided to find a summer place close to home and headed up to the Gatineau’s where she found land at the beautiful, and at that time, undeveloped north end of Grand Lake. With no road, running water, or electricity, Nadine had a summer home built, and it became her cherished retreat for the next 5 decades. It was here that she felt most comfortable, and at peace, close to nature. Over the years more land was acquired to protect and preserve the area for the various species of wildlife, and it has become a relaxing get-away for the entire extended family and their friends. Throughout her working career, her attention to detail, knowledge of three languages, and listmaking ability were appreciated at Spartan Air Services, National Research Council, and the Federal Civil Service. After a brief retirement, she returned to work at Andrex Holdings until she was 84. She also attended Carleton University part-time, taking courses in Public Administration, Islamic Architecture, and Eastern Religions. When not studying or working, she was busy with her organic garden, and stained glass work.
A strong and determined woman, Nadine never let any obstacle stop her. She always kept a stiff upper lip and a sense of humour, no matter what the challenge. She was predeceased by her first husband Col. L.A. (Chips) Smallwood (1963) and her second husband J. Lennox Garrett (1986). She is remembered with love by her daughter, Cathy Smallwood (John Bell) and her son, Sandy Smallwood (Mary Anne). Also her grandchildren: Andrew Goss (Christine White) of Kingston, ON, Nadya Bell (Dave Mundy) of St John’s, NL; and Elspeth, Harley, and Meredith Smallwood, all of Ottawa, ON. Her three great grandchildren, Chloe, and Lily (Kingston), and Sonny (St. John’s) all share her adventurous spirit and determination.
Love you mom,
Cathy and Sandy
In lieu of flowers, donations to an environmental organization such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, or Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society would be appreciated. A gathering to scatter her ashes will be held at Grand Lake at a future date.