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February 3, 2017

Rev. John Ernest Smith of Listowel and formerly of Haliburton and Chatham, went home with the Lord, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in his 84th year. Loving husband of Velma (Ghent) Smith of Listowel. Father of Philip and Louise Smith, Keith and Bev Smith, Karen and Ted Parish, and Stephen and Stephanie Smith, all of Haliburton, Miriam Smith and Vera Battista of Ottawa, and Cathy Peters and Mark of Stratford. Loved by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Brother of Robert Smith of Niagara Falls, and brother-in-law of Joanne Smith of Orton, and Alan and Elizabeth Ghent, Willard Ghent, and Evelyn and Wayne Dowling, all of Mount Forest. Predeceased by his sons, Richard (1977) and Rob (2008); brother, Donald; and sisters-in-law, Mary Smith and Dale Ghent. Rev. Smith served as interim pastor at Kincardine Baptist Church, prior to the arrival of Rev. Dr. George Scott in 2001. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, Listowel, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, from 6-8 p.m., where the funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 11 a.m., wit pastor John Lambshead officiating. Memorial donations to First Baptist Church, Listowel, or Immanuel Bolivia Mission Project (cheques payable to First Baptist Church) would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, 519-291-4840.

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