KEITH ARNOLD SMITH
September 3, 1957 - April 15, 2022
With broken hearts, we announce that Keith Arnold Smith, “Popeye” to all who knew him (nicknamed after his massive forearms), passed away suddenly on April 15, 2022. He was born September 3, 1957.
Keith had many talents. He was a fantastic artist, drawing many magical creatures and beasts, and even drew the eagle for the tattoo on his forearm. Like his middle name that means ‘eagle’, Keith was lone and mighty. He was a skilled builder, and worked in Construction his whole adult life, most of it both at PCL Construction and at Gardon Construction. He started in concrete, and later became a Supervisor. Keith took great pride in his work, and in his tools. His work was his life, and he was greatly admired. No one messed with Popeye. He has helped many people along the way, building garages, sunrooms, decks, treehouses, and much more. As a child, he entertained his younger siblings with hand puppets and voices, which will never be forgotten. He loved playing with GI Joes with his younger brother, and boxing with him. He could also pop along to the song Popcorn by flicking his cheeks like no one else.
Keith had a love for movies, fishing, his 1971 Javelin, and an even greater love for his many German Shepherds that he had throughout his life, especially Max, who went everywhere with him. He loved watching football and hockey, and playing them on video games. He also loved his shooting games, and friendly competitions of target shooting with his two younger siblings in real life. He was generous and kind to a fault.
Keith was the second of five children. He was predeceased by parents Edward and Jacqueline Smith, and leaves behind siblings Ed, Jo-Ann (Robert), Rod (Linda), Charlene “Baby Sister” (Dennis), his daughter Chelsea, and nieces and nephews Mandy, John, Robert, Cody, Chase, Marshall, and Maya. We are lost without you, Brother. Take your well deserved rest and be at peace.
A private memorial will take place with Family.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please be kind and generous to others, as Keith always was.
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