Bert Smit


(April 1934 – March 2010)

Bert Smit, born April 18, 1934 passed away suddenly in a plane related incident on March 3, 2010 near his beloved home in the Comox Valley. He is survived by his wife Karen, children Dian, Hina, and Michael, grandchildren Taber, Dane, Dustin and Jordan. He is predeceased by his son Brian.

Bert passed away as he lived – adventurous and daring and doing what he loved to do to the end. Bert was a truly unique individual; in days gone by he would have been compared to and described as an adventurer and a warrior. He was fearless and nothing and no one stood between him and that which he wanted to accomplish. He lived with passion and experienced life in ways that many of us can only dream about.

Bert’s other passion was creating and building. He was an artist who could create full size boats or airplanes or beautifully carved flowers from simple blocks of wood. A proud, strong and healthy man, he could still cut, split and stack a cord of wood a day, or hike hours around the forests of the Comox Valley.

Although full of character defects and controversy, he had many friends from his travels around the world and that he met during his many adventures; flying, sailing, sky diving, exploring or hiking across mountain ranges. 

A celebration of life for Bert will be held at Smit Airfield, 4745 Plateau Rd on Sunday March 14th from 1-4 pm. Those wishing to fly in are required to contact Dan Annand at 250-338-5678 or 250-897-9338.

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