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Harold (John) John SMITH


Passed away peacefully at Anthony Wilding Hospital on January 7, 2024, aged 95 years. Loved husband of Lyn Dawson. Former husband of Anna, and father of Vee and Norm, Terri, Philip (deceased), Pete and Donna, and Nigel and Sonia. Grandad of Sean and Malin, Kelly and Sam, and Haylie. Great-grandfather of Theo, and Poppa of Bella, and Lee. Brother of the late Maureen Mary Veronica Smith. Uncle of Cathy and Shaun, and great-uncle of Jess and Daniel (all NSW). Special thanks to the staff at Anthony Wilding for their loving care and compassion for John. We also appreciate the care and support he had from Stephanie, Maxine, and others from Healthcare NZ. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late John Smith, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. In lieu of flowers, donations to St Vincent de Paul Society or New Zealand Red Cross would be appreciated and may be made online at or A Requiem Mass will be celebrated in Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 56 Nicholls Road, Halswell, on Thursday, January 11, at 12.00pm, private cremation thereafter. Please feel welcome to wear colourful clothing as we celebrate John’s life. To watch a livestream of the service, please click here.