Dr. Sam Smith was born on the 9th of October, 1934, in Harwich Township. He was raised on a fruit farm, his parents were Gladstone and Irene Smith. Dr. Smith attended Blenheim District High School.
Dr. Smith enrolled in Queen’s University, graduating with a medical degree in 1959. He then completed an internship at Victoria Hospital, London, in 1960. Dr. Smith began his first practice the following year in Wingham, before returning to Kingston to obtain a fellowship in anesthesia, which he completed in 1965.
Dr. Smith moved back to the Chatham-Kent area in 1965 after a meeting with fellow anesthesiologist Dr. John Packham. He worked at both the Public General Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital. He also served as the Chief of Anesthesiology at the Public General Hospital from 1967 until his retirement in 1998.
When he was not working, Dr. Smith enjoyed curling, slow-pitch, golf, bridge and spending time with his family. He has three children: Brian, a lawyer; Patricia, an accountant; and Taire, a teacher; and six grandchildren. His wife, Jean, passed away in 2002.
Dr. Smith resides in Chatham, with his black lab Bentlee.
*Dr. John Stewart Packham is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.