In Memory of



Obituary for Hyman Smith

March 9, 1921 - April 2, 2021

At the Perley & Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the age of 100 “ I made it” Hyman Smith passed away. Beloved husband of the late Erika, whom he adored. Hymie was born in Ottawa to Russian immigrants, Louis Smith and Anne Glazer. He was predeceased by 12 siblings; Morris, Cecil, Fanny, Sol, Sam, Scotty, Nathan, Freda, Molly, Lily, Jack and David. He is survived by sisters-in-law Isabel, Linda and Darlene and will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Hymie served overseas with the RCAF as an aeroplane mechanic during WWII and followed his career out west and the Yukon, with Mobil Oil for 30 years. He spent 5 years working 4 month stints on the C.D. HOWE Ice Breaker maintaining the helicopter that brought in needed supplies. Subsequently, he came back to Ottawa to help sister Freda, in Nate's deli, and his kid brother David in Ottawa's famous
“The Place Next Door” steakhouse.

Hymie always had a smile on his face, a song or a joke ready when he met you. To all the ladies he would say “have I told you lately that I love you?”. In later years he became a philanthropist with the belief that “my money is for the needy”.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Perley & Rideau Veteran's Centre for their compassionate care.

A private Funeral Service was held on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1:30pm.

As expressions of sympathy, donations can be directed to the Hyman and Erika Smith Fund at the Ottawa Jewish Foundation or The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre.