Danby-Smith, Michael

In Memory Of
Danby-Smith, Michael

 

 

Philosopher, teacher, traveller, devout Catholic, Michael Danby-Smith left this world on June 8, 2022, seventy - eight  years, almost to the day, after his birth in Dublin, Ireland. In the absence of his father, he was raised by his mother, in straitened circumstances of post-war Ireland. Scholarships allowed him to attend some of the best schools where he excelled in debating  (but not field sports).  Following graduation from University College Dublin, he arrived in Canada for post-graduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton then at The University of Toronto where he ruled the Junior Common room at Massey College. After a short stint lecturing at St. Francois Xavier University in Nova Scotia, he moved to Montreal where he taught Philosophy and Humanities  for over thirty years before retiring from Vanier College in 2005. As an amateur thespian his character Chuck announced:  “Ideas that come from books should stay in books”. In fact Michael left behind 45 cartons of books.

 

 

During his retirement he was involved with the Thomas More Institute in Montreal. Active in body as well as in mind, he was an avid cross-country skier, wind-surfer, swimmer, fisherman, and walker, covering many miles on his long perambulations around the city and beyond.

 

Michael’s thirst for knowledge and adventure took him around the world. One of his most memorable experiences - in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, involved him participating in a local version of a Catholic Mass unlike any he had imagined. Love of art took him to New York, and he travelled throughout Europe many times to expand his art appreciation which he shared as a volunteer guide at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He was lauded by a Montreal Gazette journalist who praised his contagious enthusiasm.  Love of some of his many friends took him to Asia,  Australia and even Massachusetts!  Michael enjoyed a passion for the sea, his Irish heritage and his scattered family who he visited almost every year.  As well, Michael was at the hub of a group of a dozen academics who met to drink, eat and argue on Friday evenings for nearly forty years.

 

He will be remembered for qualities evident throughout his life: his mischievous smile, his infectious laugh, his eloquence, and his thoughtful interest in and consideration of others.

He leaves behind his sister, Valerie Hemingway, and his brothers, Robin Smith and Peter Danby-Smith (Maureen).   He was devoted to his niece Vanessa and to his nephews Adam, Brendan, Sean and Edward and their families.  The feelings were reciprocated:  to quote Adam, “Never have I known a more selfless, gentler and kinder man than my Uncle Michael. I will miss him with all my heart.”

 

Visitation at Kane and Fetterly 5301 Decarie Blvd Tuesday June 21st from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.  A funeral mass will take place 10:00 at the Ascension of Our Lord Church, 375 Kitchener Ave. Westmount, the following day, Wednesday June 22nd.

 

Donations  may be made in Michael’s name to St Raphael Palliative care centre   https://maisonstraphael.org/en/make-a-donation/ or

Doctors without Borders  https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/

Danby-Smith, Michael

In Memory Of
Danby-Smith, Michael

 

 

Philosopher, teacher, traveller, devout Catholic, Michael Danby-Smith left this world on June 8, 2022, seventy - eight  years, almost to the day, after his birth in Dublin, Ireland. In the absence of his father, he was raised by his mother, in straitened circumstances of post-war Ireland. Scholarships allowed him to attend some of the best schools where he excelled in debating  (but not field sports).  Following graduation from University College Dublin, he arrived in Canada for post-graduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton then at The University of Toronto where he ruled the Junior Common room at Massey College. After a short stint lecturing at St. Francois Xavier University in Nova Scotia, he moved to Montreal where he taught Philosophy and Humanities  for over thirty years before retiring from Vanier College in 2005. As an amateur thespian his character Chuck announced:  “Ideas that come from books should stay in books”. In fact Michael left behind 45 cartons of books.

 

 

During his retirement he was involved with the Thomas More Institute in Montreal. Active in body as well as in mind, he was an avid cross-country skier, wind-surfer, swimmer, fisherman, and walker, covering many miles on his long perambulations around the city and beyond.

 

Michael’s thirst for knowledge and adventure took him around the world. One of his most memorable experiences - in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, involved him participating in a local version of a Catholic Mass unlike any he had imagined. Love of art took him to New York, and he travelled throughout Europe many times to expand his art appreciation which he shared as a volunteer guide at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He was lauded by a Montreal Gazette journalist who praised his contagious enthusiasm.  Love of some of his many friends took him to Asia,  Australia and even Massachusetts!  Michael enjoyed a passion for the sea, his Irish heritage and his scattered family who he visited almost every year.  As well, Michael was at the hub of a group of a dozen academics who met to drink, eat and argue on Friday evenings for nearly forty years.

 

He will be remembered for qualities evident throughout his life: his mischievous smile, his infectious laugh, his eloquence, and his thoughtful interest in and consideration of others.

He leaves behind his sister, Valerie Hemingway, and his brothers, Robin Smith and Peter Danby-Smith (Maureen).   He was devoted to his niece Vanessa and to his nephews Adam, Brendan, Sean and Edward and their families.  The feelings were reciprocated:  to quote Adam, “Never have I known a more selfless, gentler and kinder man than my Uncle Michael. I will miss him with all my heart.”

 

Visitation at Kane and Fetterly 5301 Decarie Blvd Tuesday June 21st from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.  A funeral mass will take place 10:00 at the Ascension of Our Lord Church, 375 Kitchener Ave. Westmount, the following day, Wednesday June 22nd.

 

Donations  may be made in Michael’s name to St Raphael Palliative care centre   https://maisonstraphael.org/en/make-a-donation/ or

Doctors without Borders  https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/

FUNERAL DETAILS

Exposition
Kane & Fetterly - Salon A
5301 boul. Decarie Blvd.
Montreal Quebec H3W 3C4
June 21st, 2022 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM
June 21st, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Service
Ascension of Our Lord Church
375 Kitchener Ave 
Westmount  Québec 
June 22,  2022 10h00 
 

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