DAVID ROY SMITH
Late of Newcastle
Aged 34 years
Dearly loved husband of Fiona. Amazing father – Big Man of Kiel, Talahiva, Lachlan, David, Lincoln, Shayarla, Katian, Ameerah, Takeeli, Taloa and Jeckye. Beloved son of Kerri, Bobby and Cheryl and adored grandson of June and Les. Brother and best mate of Rob, PJ, Tim, Ben, Jeremy, Ethan, Caleb, Nura and their families. Special uncle, cousin, nephew and mate of many.
Relatives and friends were warmly invited to DAVID’s celebration of life on FRIDAY 14.7.2017 at Macquarie Life Church, Macquarie Road Warners Bay commencing at 11am.
Thence Burial at Toronto Cemetery, Awaba Road Toronto.
PH: 4956 4221
David Roy Smith was born on the 4th of April 1983 at Western Suburbs Hospital in Newcas-tle. David is the second child of Robert Smith and Kerri Field.
David also went by the names of Bronson, Dibbs, Roy, Peagus and Dave.
David was a placid lovable baby and was always happy and smiling. He would follow Rob around everywhere and they spent all their time together.
Dave spent his younger years riding his bike, swimming, playing footy, basketball, and cricket out the back yard with his brothers, cousins and mates every afternoon.
Aunties Helen and Julie Rose, Uncles Dal and Raymond played a very big part in Dave’s up-bringing and were always there to help when mum needed a hand with us boys.
Growing up Dave loved spending school holidays with his Nan, Pop, brothers and cousins at Rangari.
Dave spent many weekends with his Toronto Nan and Pop, where his passion for fishing began.
He grew up in Cardiff and attended Cardiff Primary and High Schools where his outgoing personality made him popular with his class mates.
He played all his junior footy with the Cardiff Cougars, he loved playing football and he was also a crowd favourite.
David has 7 brothers, Robert, Timothy, Benjamin, Jeremy, Ethan, Caleb and Nura. As the second eldest child he became a protector for his family.
Like most teenage boys, Dave, his brother Rob, his cousins and mates spent a lot of their time playing footy and other sports like cricket, touch and basketball.
In his late teens, Dave loved to travel and had many road trips with his brothers, cousins and mates. There was rarely a car or bus leaving Newcastle that Dave Roy wasn’t in.
At age 21 David became a proud father and passed his name to his newborn son, but this was only the beginning as 11 beautiful children would eventually call him Dad and Big Man.
Dave loved spending time with his children, He loved watching them play footy, teaching them how to fish and showing them how to fix cars or anything that needed fixing around the house. He would always spoil his daughters.
He was always passing down his knowledge to all his children and doing the most he could.
Ten years ago, after the blessing from his in laws, Dave asked Fiona’s hand in marriage.
Dave then decided to do what people say not to do and get Fiona’s name tattooed on him but he knew that Fiona was the one and he never looked back.
At age 27 Dave finally got to marry the love of his life Fiona. They had a simple ceremony with just them and their best friends. After they tied the knot Dave and his new wife came to celebrate and party with all their family and friends.
Dave’s first job would have been as a 14 year old cotton chipping with brothers Rob and Tim and cousin’s Roo and DJ.
Dave had various roles while employed with Yarnteen over the years. He started with CDEP and the lawn crews, he then moved on to management and supervising roles. He eventu-ally became an employment caseworker.
In between roles at Yarnteen, Dave spent time travelling with the local band “Dark waters” and the “Awabakal Dancers”. This is where he formed a very close bond with his best mate PJ.
He also worked on the rails around NSW, Cotton modules in St. George with Tim, Rob and Uncle Boy and Abi Group alongside his cousin John.
Dave started his own business DRS general contracting, where he employed his family to help work with him.
David was employed as Awabakal’s men’s and youth Aboriginal Health Worker which he was excelling at. He had started four new community projects recently. His easy going na-ture and community knowledge made him the perfect person for this position. He was al-so studying a Cert 4 in Aboriginal primary health care practice.
He was always trying hard to make a better life for all of his beautiful children.
Dave made people feel special. He listened and always gave his time and advice without judgement.
He had a way of making people feel comfortable when they spoke to him. His approacha-ble nature allowed him to meet many new people and build relationships that would last a lifetime.
Dave was the social one, making friends with people all over the place. He loved nothing more than hanging around his mates and cousins and he was always bringing someone new home for a feed and a place to stay if they needed.
Known for his protective nature, family and friends always felt safe with him by their side. He stood up for what was right and fair and didn’t leave anyone out.