Passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by family on Saturday March 23rd, 2024. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pat (Atkinson) Smit, brother Fred Smit, son Jason Smit, daughter-in-law Beth Smit and his grandchildren Angela Mary Smit and Nolan Jacob Smit. He is preceded in death by his daughter Nancy Lynn and his sister Tina Ruddy. Jack was born in German occupied Holland in 1940, and he immigrated to Canada with his entire family in 1957 where they settled in Southern Ontario. There, they worked hard as a family and Jack, with his brother Fred, built a successful farming business in Lambton County. In his later years, he retired and moved to Victoria, British Columbia to spend time traveling and with his grandkids.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the

A celebration of life will be held at St. Mary the Virgin Church, 1701 Elgin Rd, Victoria BC on Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 pm. The service will be live streamed by the church.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Ann, Cody, Dakota Austin Drouillard

    Our Uncle Jack will be remembered for many things but mostly for his love of farming which he did with my dad/ our opa. He would often post on social media, his thoughts, observations and longing for what he loved even in retirement. It made us smile.

  • Shirley Lichty

    Condolences Pat to you and your precious family. Jack was special. Our prayers are with you. From gardening friends in Forest and Wyoming

  • Tracy Clark Fisher

    Pat, Jason and Family ~ Thinking of you all and sending our deepest sympathies, love and prayers.

  • Chris Moeckl

    Dear Pat and family, Pray for peace, at this time and always.

  • Karen Wilson

    Dear Pat. Thinking of you and your family with our love and prayers at this very sad time. May you find comfort in your memories of your time together.
    Karen and Dave

  • Marg Smit- Egan

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Jack was a wonderful cousin to have share my growing up years with. Many happy memories. He will so be missed by his loved ones.

  • Elizabeth Laugharne

    It was one of my greatest pleasures to meet and know both Jack and Pat. How fortunate I was and am. Jack will indeed be missed by all who knew him especially his family. Rest in Peace!

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