Victim in fatal ammonia leak remembered for his passion and smile

Friends and colleagues remember Lloyd Smith as someone who was always willing to help people

Friends have identified one of the three victims in Tuesday’s fatal ammonia leak as Fernie resident and city worker Lloyd Smith.

Smith, who was the director of leisure services at the City of Fernie was also a father, paramedic and pilot.

The Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP), of which Smith was the incoming president next April, confirmed his death to Black Press Media Thursday afternoon.

In a post on social media, the AARFP – who’s been in touch with Smith’s family – said members of the association will remember Smith for his “quick and contagious smile, matter of fact way of stating things and most of all, his easy-going nature.”

WATCH: Investigators hone in on timeline of deadly ammonia leak in Fernie

READ MORE: Fernie mourns after fatal ammonia leak

Stuart Ray, executive director for the association, said it was Smith’s passion to help people.

As a member and instructor of the AARFP, Smith would teach others around the province how to run recreational facilities from sports fields to ice rinks.

Some of Ray’s fondest memories with Smith included representing the association at national conferences during the last two years, alongside other associations of its kind.

Outside of work, Smith had many hobbies and interests.

“He was an active outdoors person, enjoyed family and friends,” Ray said. “Being a paramedic was part-time gig he did as a hobby cause he just liked to help people. How cool is that?”

Smith grew up in High River, Alta., according to reports, and lived in Victoria as well as Canmore.

In posts on social media, former colleagues and fellow graduates of the MBA program at Royal Roads University in Victoria described him as dedicated, hard working and a great father.

“He was the guy everyone wanted on their team,” one person wrote.

“Lloyd always went above and beyond when it came to our facility,” another resident of Canmore wrote.

A photo of Smith has been circulating, of him posing with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. When asked why the AARFP chose that photo specifically, Ray said the photo speaks lengths to who Smith was.

“The smile on his face really says a lot about who the man was.”


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Celebrating 50 years of Rotary in action

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith was formed September 20, 1970

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Paul Manly reacts to Liberal throne speech

Manly says the Liberals need to back up their promises with action

Island Savings closes Ladysmith branch

Ladysmith branch members can be served by the Chemainus branch

New Chemainus development offers prime building lots in a diverse neighbourhood

Beachwood Estates officially opens with interest already high due to its location

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

Victoria-area RCMP locate high-risk sex offender thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Most Read