Floyd De Smoker
January 27, 1944 – December 21, 2015
It is with profound sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Floyd De Smoker on December 21, 2015 from a tragic logging truck accident near Deroche, BC at the age of 71. Floyd is survived by his loving, devoted wife Vicki of 42 years. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by daughter Nicole (Mike) Prawdzik – grandchildren Dakota, Brendan, Kylie and Seth, son Ward (Jacquelyn) – grandson Decen, step-daughters Laurie Calloway, Barb (Dennis) Dueck , Karie (Brent) Valder and their families. Floyd was the eldest of seven children. He is survived by his sisters Cornelia (Gabe) Desnoyers and Betty Morin, brothers John (Laverne), Charlie (Kim), and Jim (Joanne). He was predeceased by his parents and brother Arie. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many loving family and friends. Floyd was born in Dordrecht, Holland on January 27, 1944. In 1951 at the age of seven he immigrated to Canada with his parents, sister Cornelia and brothers Arie and John to Uxbridge, Ontario. After living in several communities in the area the family settled near Sudbury, Ontario. Floyd started working at the age of 9 ½ pumping gas to help support his family. When he turned 14 he lied about his age (said he was 16) to apply for a job on the diamond drills. This job allowed him to work and travel in almost every province and territory in Canada until he finally made his way to BC. He lived in several communities in BC before he made his permanent home in Hope in 1967. He worked at Giant Mascot Mine for a short time then drove lowbed for Hope Freight Lines before purchasing his first logging truck in 1977. Floyd loved the challenges of driving a logging truck. It was his passion. He loved being in the mountains and the challenges that came with the industry. He also owned a couple of dump trucks and a water truck. He was a devoted, loving brother, husband, father, papa and friend to anyone and everyone who met him. He volunteered countless hours over the years with the Hope Swim Club, Silver Creek Fire Department, and the Hope Riding Club. Floyd’s generosity and larger than life personality was loved by all that knew him. He would drop everything he was doing to help a friend or family member in need. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. The things his children could not get away with his grandchildren often did. Floyd was passionate and dedicated to his work. Outside of his work helping with his children’s sports, going for coffee and visiting family and friends were what he considered his hobbies. Floyd had always wanted to travel more and was able to cross a few places off his bucket list. In 2011 he went to Ireland with his wife, Vicki, and his sisters-in-law, Doreen and Judy and niece Penny. They went on a 3 week Panama cruise in 2013 where Floyd was able to swim with the dolphins on their stop in Cabo San Lucas. He loved this. Floyd and Vicki were also able to travel to Curacao, the Bahamas and Mexico where he zip lined through the jungle. He had a blast! Their final trip together was an Alaskan cruise in August of this year. As per his request, Floyd will be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held next year for all his family and friends to reminisce and celebrate a life well lived! We will put a notice in the paper once we have finalized a date. Cheers Floyd! We love you, we’ll miss you, until we meet again!