September 03, 2014

Frank Smedley known for his friendly style

As published in The Erin Advocate

Frank Smedley, Erin’s Water Superintendent, passed away at the age of 49 last week after a brief battle with cancer.

A come and go celebration of his life will be held this Saturday, September 6, at the Erin Legion, 3-5 pm.

“Frank was truly one of the nicest people you will ever meet,” said Councillor John Brennan. “There will be an empty space in our hearts for a long time to come.”

Frank was the father of Mitchell, the son of Irene and John Smedley, and the brother of Richard, Andrew, Rachel and David. He was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus this year and died peacefully at Hospice Wellington.

He was hired by the Village of Erin in 1992. He was a motorcycle racer and motocross enthusiast for much of his life, and active in the annual community clean up, making Santa Claus parade floats and development of local hiking trails.

“Frank was a highly valuable member of the Erin Trails Committee, always eager to provide ideas,” said Chair Bill Dinwoody.

“He is riding with the angels now,” said Town Executive Assistant Connie Cox, notifying the community of his passing last Thursday. The Town office was closed for the rest of the day.

Donations to Hospice Wellington, 795 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph, ON N1G 3R8 would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.