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William "Bill" Smithson
December 12, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bill Smithson on Monday, December 12, 2016 after a ten-month battle with cancer.<br><br>He is survived by his daughter, Lindsay Smithson (Blair Kopetski) of Edmonton, four sisters: Dorothy Macks (Rudy) of Calgary; Margaret McDonald of Tsawwassen, B. C; Lorraine Spithakis of Saskatoon; and Marlene Collins (Cecil) of Oklahoma, as well as many nieces and nephews.<br><br>Bill will also be missed by his friends; in particular, his close and devoted friends, Barb Kook and Raeanne Renouf who gave him incredible support and caring before and during his illness.<br><br>He was predeceased by his son, Luke Smithson, his three brothers: Irvin (Vivian); Ed/Carl (Elaine); Mervyn (Dolores) and his dear nephew, Anthony Spithakis (Justine).<br><br>William Earnest Smithson was born in Saskatoon on November 16, 1949 to Helen and Joe Smithson and was the youngest of eight children. He attended Thornton Elementary School, Tech Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan before spending his entire career with the City of Saskatoon where he retired from the Electrical Department as a Journeyman Lineman in 2014.<br><br>Bill loved sports and, from a young age, spent countless hours perfecting his golf game at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club as well as competing in a variety of tournaments, including the annual Lobstick in Waskesiu. Although golf was always his favourite sport, he also played hockey and tennis and, in recent years, became highly involved with the Saskatchewan Table Tennis Association. Bill was also an excellent ballroom dancer and met many friends through the University of Saskatchewan Ballroom Dancing Club and at the many dances he attended throughout the years. <br>He was always healthy and fit and rode his bike everywhere, including to work every day, rain, snow, or shine, so his diagnosis with an aggressive cancer was a shock to everyone. Fortunately, Bill had a strong faith, which helped him through the last ten months and gave him peace with whatever his future held.<br>A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Friday, December 16 at Rock of Ages Lutheran Brethren Church (130 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon) at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting <br></div>