Darren "Smitty" Smith Family Fund

The mighty maple tree, a symbol that binds Canadians together as a nation, has a new and terribly sad meaning for one Kingston, Ontario family. It has torn them apart.

What happened?

On Friday 21 September, our dear brother-in-law and brother, Darren Smith, was taken from us in a horrible accident. Strong winds from an Eastern Ontario storm system caused a massive maple tree near Darren’s home to fall, striking him down. With his 17 year old daughter Abby by his side, Darren tragically passed away shortly thereafter. The devastation to Abby, his 19 year old son Jason, his beloved wife Diane, and the entire tight-knit Smith and Paddle families is beyond comprehension.


Darren was a thoughtful and devoted father, who always put his family first. In addition to his home life and his long career with the City of Kingston, Darren donated countless hours of his time coaching youth hockey in his community.  Darren was a fiercely loyal man who cherished his friends and always carved out time to be a listening ear or be there for anyone who needed anything repaired, built or moved. He was a rock.

How can you help?

We appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love,  and countless offers of support. There is a way to help.   

A humble man, Darren was always the first to offer his hand, yet always the last to ask. It’s in this spirit that any donation, regardless of size, will ease the burden and allow the family to focus on healing.

If you don’t have the means, please share this campaign with friends, family and on your social media.

Our sincerest thanks.

Lisa Paddle and Sheri Smith Jenner

Fundraising team: The Smith Paddles (7)

Lisa Paddle
Raised $3,705 from 41 donations
Elgin, ON
Diane Smith
Troy Jenner
Team member
Raised $2,850 from 18 donations
Sheri Jenner
Team member
Raised $2,765 from 32 donations
Abby Smith
Team member
Raised $1,725 from 30 donations
Michael Stachon
Team member
Raised $350 from 4 donations
See all

Your easy, powerful, and trusted home for help

  • Easy

    Donate quickly and easily.

  • Powerful

    Send help right to the people and causes you care about.

  • Trusted

    Your donation is protected by the  GoFundMe Giving Guarantee.