Word was received in the city yesterday of the death of Bedford H. Smith, son of Phoebe (Hartt) & Daniel Smith of New Brunswick. Bedford for many years was a Customs Collector at Nanaimo, B.C. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick and a native of Blissville, Sunbury Co. Mr. Smith had enjoyed good health right up to the day of his death and was sitting in his home quietly reading on Sunday evening when the call came. Mr. Smith was in the 67th year of his age and had been in the West for more than thirty years. He graduated from the U.N.B. in 1876 and later took his M.A. degree. For some years he was teaching in the province and was principal of the old Sheffield Academy, attended by many men who have achieved prominence. He entered the service of the Government soon after going to British Columbia and had been chief collector at Nanaimo for years. Mr. Smith will be remembered by many friends among the older generation of the province as a courteous agreeable kindly gentlemen and a most wonderful companion. In the West he came to be regarded as one of Nanaimo’s leading citizens, prominent in many of the city’s activities. As treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church there he had an honorable record. Mr. Smith was twice married. His second wife, who survives him was Mrs. Mary McKenzie. By his first wife leaves three children Mrs. Mackenzie, Burness and Eric Redveres at home. Two brothers and three sisters also survive. They are Daniel E., W. Dell of Blissville. Dr. E.C. Secord, Mrs. Henry Hartt and Miss Olive M. Smith all of Carleton County. The funeral will be held tomorrow in Nanaimo.B.C.
Courtesy: Carole Dick
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