Date archives April 2015

Swim Nova Scotia Mourns Loss of Long Time Official Mike Smith

Swim Nova Scotia would like to extend our sincere sympathies upon hearing of the loss of Mike Smith earlier this week. Mike was an active level five official in our Province for over twenty years, was the Chair of Nova Scotia Officials Association and was the first FINA Official that Nova Scotia had.

Mike kept in touch with the swimming community in Nova Scotia after his retirement from officiating in 2001. He presented the Trevor Smith Award at the Ken Dunn Championships for many years (presented to the top 15 year-old Male swimmer of the meet), attended many Acadia Axemen swim meets and maintained regular contact with the Swim Nova Scotia office.

Michael Mont “Mike” Smith

Michael Mont “Mike” Smith – 77, of New Minas, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Silas A. and Alice G. (Lamont) Smith. As a youth, he was involved with Scouting and became a Queen’s Scout. He enjoyed the outdoors, specifically hunting on the Grand PrĂ© dykes. By forming a waterskiing club at Lumsden Dam, he was instrumental in bringing the sport to this part of Nova Scotia. As chairman of officials for Swim Nova Scotia, he enjoyed being involved at the provincial, national and international levels of competitive swimming for many years. Following his retirement from Acadia University, he and his wife Patricia enjoyed taking many road trips throughout the United States and Canada. He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia J. Dooley; stepchildren, Kirsten and Alex MacDonald; his first wife, Catherine Singleton. He was predeceased by a son, Trevor Michael Smith. Cremation has taken place. According to Mike’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Interment will take place at a later date in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings County. A special thank-you to Dr. Lawrence Title of Halifax. The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Donations in memory may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to