Firstly I’m going to include the order of service of the funeral of my dearest and much missed friend, Kevin Smith.
Kevin Christopher Smith
To Parents: Fre derick & Nanette [Watson-Williams] Smith, the 2nd of 4 siblings
Died: March 26, 2011 in Dallas, Texas
surrounded by his loving family and friends
following a lengthy illness.
Kevin never gave up hope during his treatment, always exploring every avenue in the quest for life, whilst bravely fighting against the ravages of this disease to the very end.
Education: Vale Primary School then onto West Tarring Boys School. In 1976 he graduated from Greenhithe Naval College, England after majoring in Nautical Science, he then went on to earn a professional license as a Navigating Officer.
Marriage: Ximena Jerez in Santiago, Chile on 7th February 2003
Places of residence & his occupation(s)years: Chile and Texas
Many people may not know that Kevin’s early career was as a deck officer at sea, even accompanying the Queen of England on a her Silver Jubilee world tour.
But after starting amateur flying lessons he realised that it was in the air that his ambitions lay and so he changed his occupation,Moving to America to further his career prospects he flew with various companies to gain flight experience, eventually flying with Alpha Aviation in Dallas, flying turbo-props and turbo-jets then moved onto BA-14 Jetstreams as first officer with Metro Express in 1986 under “American Eagle” banner. Moved into American Airlines in 1987, which he viewed as his dream job, enjoying his association with a world renowned company.
During Kevin’s time with American Airlines he gained immense satisfaction in helping others by taking part in the Airline Ambassadors program. He was a commited family man liking nothing better than to spend time with family here, in Chile and especially back home in England. He also loved the time he spent with his close friends, some from his early seafaring days like Richard (allatsea), others like his special friend Robert and Orlando and Juanita from his American Airlines days and all the good friends and neighbours in Chile and America.
Kevin will be remembered for his love of life, his love of family and friends and his care and consideration for others, and his sometimes zany British sense of humour. Karla his beloved daughter, suggests that he will be remembered for his love of eating, and those of us who knew him well know how true that is, from fine dining to incredible sandwhich combinations.________________________
Survived by: Wife: Ximena Jerez, Mansfield, Texas.
Daughter’s: Karla and Sophia Smith, Mansfield, Texas
Son: Oliver Smith, Mansfield, Texas.
Father: in England
Brother: Stephen and sister in law Gill in England.
Brother: Michael and sister in law Debbie in England.
Sister: Katherine and brother in law John in England.
And his english nieces and nephews, Emma,Carly,Sam,Gemma and Reece and his Chilean neices and nephews Carlos,Jose Felpie, Camila, Francisca, Maria Fernando and Natalia.
And his in laws in Chile, Carol and Carlos, Maria Eugenia and Alejandro.
Condolences to: 103 Rock Meadow Trail,Mansfield, Texas,76063
Memorial may be designated to: Cancer charities of your choice or the C.R.Smith museum
Officiating: The Rev. Faith Jenson, M.Div.
Arrangements: Skyvue Funeral Home
Mansfield OR Fort Worth, TX
Interment: Recoleta Dominica
Parque Dei Recuerdo