SMITH, John Roxburgh

The Hamilton Spectator - - Classified -

John was born Novem­ber 10, 1936 in Lon­don, On­tario to Mil­dred and Hec­tor Smith. Pre­de­ceased by his brother Gar­net (Betty Smith). He died at the Hamilton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 6, 2018. He at­tended Hill­field Col­lege, Hamilton Teacher’s Col­lege, and McMaster Univer­sity. He served as an al­der­man for Hamilton dur­ing two dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods in his life, and from 1967-1977, he was the Con­ser­va­tive MPP for Hamilton Moun­tain. He was also Minister of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and Minister of Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices. For four years, he sat on the Im­mi­gra­tion Refugee Board of Canada. His last quest in life was to con­vince the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment to re­place the statue of Chief Te­cum­seh in the lobby of Queen’s Park. Dur­ing the ex­o­dus of refugees from Viet­nam, he in­vited a small group of friends to form a fed­er­ally reg­is­tered char­ity known as The Moun­tain Fund To Help The Boat Peo­ple. Over a pe­riod of four­teen years, the group brought hun­dreds of Viet­namese men, women, and chil­dren to Canada. In John’s fi­nal days they came from ev­ery­where to hold his hand. Late in life John was Or­dained into the Re­formed Epis­co­pal Church (Angli­can). He served as Rec­tor of St. Ge­orge’s Hamilton for ten years and re­mained as Archdea­con. He lived his life ac­cord­ing to a firm be­lief in the Gospel mes­sage. John leaves to mourn his wife of forty-two years, Judy (Pollard) Smith, their three chil­dren and four grand­chil­dren: Hay­ley and Isaac Post and their chil­dren Ed­wina and Hamish of Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia, Drew and Elizabeth Smith and their chil­dren Char­lotte and Lu­cia of Burling­ton, John (Jock) Smith and his wife Ash­ley Robinson of Hamilton. He leaves be­hind many nieces and neph­ews, in­clud­ing Su­san and Roy Smith of Kanata, and Mur­ray and Mau­reen Smith of Con­stance Bay. Jan (Pollard) Rowe and Rob Rowe of Kingston will miss him, as will Brian and Gail Pollard of Spain. Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at Apos­tolic Ho­li­ness Church, 40 Em­press Ave., Hamilton, on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber the 13th at 2:00 p.m. Thank you to our friends at Apos­tolic Ho­li­ness for lend­ing us their sanc­tu­ary. Our sin­cere thanks to the Rev’d Paul Luth and the Rev’d Dr. John Ferns, and to the won­der­ful staff in Car­diac Care at the Hamilton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. If you so wish, do­na­tions may be made to St. Ge­orge’s Church at 134 Emer­son Street, Hamilton, ON, L8S 2X8, or to a char­ity of your choos­ing.

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