The Lineage

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

 Born: January 12, 1956 in Worthing,Sussex, England
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
Father Felix
Parque Dei Recuerdo
Santiago, Chile

Grandaddy allatsea (father's side), a Crayford (at the Vickers plant) machinist. During teh 2nd world war be was a Captain in the army in charge of an anti-aircraft unit. Vertical class integration long before the Labour party ever coined the term.

Grandaddy allatsea (father’s side), a Crayford  machinist  at the huge Vickers factory. During the 2nd world war be was a Captain in the army in charge of an anti-aircraft artillery unit. Vertical social integration long before the term was ever coined by the politicos.

Nan Howell, allatsea's granny on his dad's side. A serene and unflappable lady whi seemed to endure a lifetime of bullying from her fat sisters with their fat daughters. Never blessed with good health she died in her 70s at Dartford. Strangely and to allatsea's eternal shame, he never appreciated her or her goodness until she was long departed.

Nan Howell, allatsea’s granny on his dad’s side and daughter of Robert the Devil. A serene and unflappable lady who seemed to endure a lifetime of disappointment. Never blessed with good health she died in her 70s at Dartford. To allatsea’s eternal shame, he never appreciated her or her goodness until she was long departed.

Louisa Martha Austin, long suffering wife of Robert the Devil and great grandmother to allatsea. Pictured here with daddy allatsea (on her left) and his two siblings. Drunky nucky is the child on the left.

Louisa Martha Austin, long suffering wife of Robert the Devil and great grandmother to allatsea. Pictured here with daddy allatsea (on her left) and his two siblings. Drunky nucky is the child on the left.

Daddy allatsea in the boxing team, he was the Meddy fleet lightweight champion (possibly bantamweight but our memories are weak these days). To his die-ing day he was proud of his achievements in the ring.

Daddy allatsea (bottom right) in the boxing team , he was the Meddy fleet lightweight champion (possibly bantamweight but our memories are weak these days). To his die-ing day he was proud of his achievements in the ring.

Bexley Museum Papers March 2014

 

Daddy allatsea as a young gobby (they say) matelot. He joined as a boy at 15 and trained at HMS St Vincent in Gosport.

Daddy allatsea as a young gobby (they say) matelot. He joined as a boy at 15 and trained at HMS St Vincent in Gosport.

The 1960s saw the allatsea family move to Nigeria where daddy allatsea ran the Metalock later Unilock franchise. Allatsea's passionate love/hate relationship with things West African started there in 1963 and remains to this day.

The 1960s saw the allatsea family move to Nigeria where daddy allatsea ran the Metalock later Unilock franchise. Allatsea’s passionate love/hate relationship with things West African started there in 1963 and remains to this day.

William John Howell 1916

William John Howell (grandaddy allatsea) 1919

Dear dear dear great grandad, how we loved him. He's been allatsea's hero and mentor....sigh.

Dear dear dear great grandad, how we loved him. He’s been allatsea’s hero and mentor….sigh.

Mummy allatsea with nephew Joe, Blackheart Class A valve amp in background . Here at the toweres a chap who doesn't enjoy the sound of a guitar through a cranked valve amp is regarded as very very very very very ODD! :o)

Mummy allatsea with nephew Joe, Blackheart Class A valve amp in background . Here at the towers a chap who doesn’t enjoy the sound of a guitar through a cranked valve amp is regarded as very very very very very ODD! :o)

Drunky nunky, uncle allatsea, with his moggy 'Spot'.

Drunky nunky, uncle allatsea, with his moggy ‘Spot’.

Brother allatsea on Waverly, off Margate, September 2012

Brother allatsea on Waverley, off Margate, September 2012

Allatsea allovertheplace at Greenfields Sturry. Can be passionate about clay busting but uncomfortable with the shooting crowd in general. They tend to either be too serious about it or........mad!

Allatsea allovertheplace at Greenfields Sturry. Can be passionate about clay busting but uncomfortable with the shooting crowd in general. They tend to either be too serious about it or……..mad!

4 Responses to The Lineage

  1. Jacke Adams says:

    Dear All at sea, why, only until now, do I know you have a blog? Your cousin the chickenwoman

  2. Jo Marsh says:

    Got some fantastic photos and info here laddie! Excellent blog, too. A.Nother cousin of doubtful repute.

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