Carington Smith, Robert Guy
Robert Guy Carington Smith 1908 - 2006
Known to most in Tadoussac as either Poppa or Uncle Guy, Robert Guy Carington Smith was born on 5 January, 1908 in Quebec City, to Robert Harcourt Smith and Mary Valliere Gunn Smith. He was the third of three sons. His older brothers were Alexander (Lex) and Gordon. They enjoyed a happy childhood growing up on the Grande Allée in the English area of Quebec City. In 1911 Robert Harcourt Smith purchased Dufferin House in Tadoussac, Quebec as a summer home, from Henry Dale of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After being ceded to all three boys, Guy bought out his brothers’ stake in the house, and Dufferin has remained within the family for four consecutive generations.
Like his brothers before him, Guy was educated at Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville, Quebec, and the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, from which he graduated in 1929. Guy also attended McGill University for Economics from 1929 - 30. After his time at McGill University, Guy entered the Department of Trade and Commerce as a Junior Trade Commissioner on June 9, 1930. In 1931 he was posted to Buenos Aires as the Assistant Trade Commissioner and then to New York in 1936. Guy was granted a leave of absence from 1940 - 45 to join the Royal Canadian Artillery in the war effort. During his time of service Guy was involved in motorcycle accident that took him out of active duty service. At the time of his discharge from service, Guy had earned the rank of Lt. Colonel.
In 1946, Guy was appointed to Havana, Cuba, to continue his diplomatic and trade service. From here, Guy enjoyed a robust career as a Canadian Diplomat traveling to posts in many different countries including: Rome, Italy; London, England; Paris, France; Washington, D.C.; Tokyo, Japan; the West Indies; and finally, back to New York where he was appointed as Consul General for Canada for the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
During his time traveling the world, his wife (Constance Isobel Price) gave birth to their three daughters: Valliere Ann (born July 30, 1933 – Buenos Aires), Susan Pamela (born May 23, 1935 – Buenos Aires), and Penelope Joan (born May 20, 1939 – Rye, NY). Sadly, Constance Isobel died at the age of 36 in 1944.
Following his retirement, Guy and his second wife, Jean, moved to Brockville, Ontario where he remained highly involved in both civic and church duties. Always a dedicated subject of the Queen, Poppa faithfully corresponded using Queen head stamps.
After career and family, Poppa’s main love was Dufferin House in Tadoussac. Not a summer went by without Poppa spending it in Tadoussac tending the gardens and managing the property. For a while, a main fixture of the house was the old English Taxi (“Gertrude”) that Poppa would drive around the streets of Tadoussac heading to church or a run to the local store.
Guy died in Brockville on January 23, 2006, aged 98, and is buried at the Mount Hermon Cemetery in Quebec City near both wives.
CONNECTION TO OTHER TADOUSSAC FAMILIES:
1) Married a Price (Henry) family member.
2) Doris Molson was a Smith family member. Michael McCarter