SMITH Bryant

Posted: August 21st, 2013

BRYANT ACKROYD (SMITTY) smith, exited stage left for the last time on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the age of 64 years. Always the entertainer taking centre stage at home, at school in Pincher Creek, Hill Spring or in Lethbridge at Westminster Elementary, Patterson Jr. High or at LCI, Smitty’s primary mission in life was to engage everyone in laughter. His secondary mission was to test the limits of "the establishment". Both goals he achieved admirably. After high school Smitty went on to study theatre arts at Brigham Young University where he starred in numerous productions. After university he spent some time in Hollywood and also realized his acting dreams, appearing in Superman III and in Narrow Margin with Gene Hackman. In Canada he did commercials and west coast theatre including a gig with Karen Kain and parts on the Beachcombers. He also represented the City of Calgary in the World Championship of Town Criers. Always the true artist, Smitty never settled in one spot too long. Without a benefactor, he landed stints as nightclub bouncer and manager. At the end of the line there was always a job as a backhoe operator where he was skilled and had friends who would give him a job when his luck was down. It was during one of these jobs while living at Spring Coulee where Smitty was involved in an accident on the job which, along with lifestyle choices, led to long term health problems. In the end Smitty lived his life according to the adage of George Bernard Shaw: Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself. Smitty was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Marie (Ackroyd) Smith; brother, Delmont Smith; sister, Shirley Agren. He is survived by brothers, James (Ted), Keith and Ron. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, South Hill Chapel, Cardston, Alberta on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery, Cardston, Alberta. Email your condolences to: Arrangements entrusted to Berry Gorham
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677

3 Condolences for “SMITH Bryant”

  1. Don Lancaster says:

    ery sorry to see this. I remember Smitty in LCI. Did not know him well but do remember his laughter and gift for making other people laugh. I’m sure he will be messed by many others.

  2. John Benham says:

    I worked with Smitty in the mid 90″s pipelining. As he was a very skilled equipment operator, I learned a lot from him.
    He was an absolute character and gave it his all to keep us laughing in stitches. It made a physically demanding job go by easily listening to his jokes and stories.
    I’ve often thought of him over the years and have told others his story of adventure.
    Condolences to the family on his departure. – John

  3. Paul Libin says:

    I first met Smitty in the 70s in Lethbridge. I was hysterical from the moment we met. Later our paths crossed in Calgary, where he was a partner in one of the first high end video arcades. At around that time, he was The Town Crier. So out of coincidence, tonight I mentioned to my wife that I knew the Old Town Crier, as we saw a movie with a Crier in it. This how I ran into Smitty’s obit. Time passes, and then you think of someone . Someone with a sheepish smile. Smitty, You are thought of. PL

Leave a Condolence