***Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns for public safety Carman's service will be private and for immediate family only. We will be streaming the service for friends and family, please use the following link November 28, 2020 to log in to view the service. For those who are unable to virtually attend we will be uploading a recording of the service by Sunday afternoon.***
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Carman Smith, of Riverview, NB, on Monday, November 16, 2020 at The Moncton Hospital after a brief period of illness.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Alberta, daughters, Catherine Robertson (Paul), Bernadette Lowery (Philip), sons; Preston (Jane), Kevin (Jaqueline), Paul (Beth), Brian (Jennifer), Colin (Pamela), sister, Edith McMahon (Pope), brothers; Alban (Theresa) and Leslie (Betty). He will be remembered with much love by his twelve grandchildren (Marie, Heather, Sarah, Julianna, Natasha, Andrew, Christina, Kayla, Jessica, Hilary, Kate and Ian) and two great-grandchildren (Max and Abigail). Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Lorraine and Noreen Shea, and six brothers, Gerald, Louis, Preston, Carl, Lloyd and Charles.
Above all, Carman delighted in those around him. He had a knack for remembering everyone and an uncommon ability to maintain connections as time went on. Carman was a ready observer of social media - keeping up with his friends, acquaintances and widespread family regularly.
He was known for his hugs, tins of homemade fudge and steadfast love for family.
Much to the benefit of the people he leaves behind, Carman chronicled memories of his youth before his passing. His musings may detail mishaps and hardships, but the positivity and faith he was known for abound.
The ninth of twelve children, he was the son of the late William and Mabel (Johnston) Smith. He was born in Kinkora, later locating to Summerside and eventually, Riverview. His Prince Edward Island roots were never far from his heart. He returned often and served as the family historian and storyteller on all things P.E.I.
For 36 years, Carman’s career was spent at Canadian National Railway as a Customer Service Manager. Long after retirement, he recalled details of his work at the drop of a hat. A strong work ethic was a point of pride. A man of faith, Carman attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. In his community, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #9270, Certified General Account Assoc., and the Transportation Club of Moncton.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current level orange, there will be no public visitation and the funeral service will now be private for immediate family. Friends and extended family are more than welcome to view Carman’s service online and express their sympathies to the family via online condolences. Arrangements are entrusted to Cobb’s Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Road, Riverview (869-2007). To view the service live visit www.cobbsfuneralhome.ca and click the link at the top of Carman’s obituary to sign in, streaming will begin Sat. November 28, 2020 at 11:00am, please sign in 15 minutes early. A private family interment to follow at Alderwood Cemetery. Donations to the Albert County Food Bank (Albert County Action Committee) c/o 208 Callowhill Road, Riverview, NB E1B 4L4 would be appreciated by the family.