Obituary

Brendan Smyth was an exceptional photographer, an experienced world traveller, a talented musician, an organizational and technical guru, a proficient skateboarder and snowboarder, a confidant, mentor, friend, husband, brother, and son. One of his Instagram personas, @WhereMyFeetHaveTakenMe, shared a fraction of his creative output but was also a great example of how he lived his life  -- eagerly seeking out adventures around the world. Indeed, Brendan’s feet took him to many incredible places.

Sometimes, however, feet take you places you never intended to go.

In 2017 Brendan developed a rare form of cancer (solitary fibrous tumour). Complications during the surgery to remove the tumour resulted in Brendan almost losing his leg. Yet, months of demanding physical therapy and rehabilitation finally allowed him to walk again and to return to work.

Unfortunately, the cancer reappeared. In spite of the situation, Brendan made every day count and continued to make time for his friends and family.

He has had a permanent impact on so many people and we are left behind as he embarks on his final adventure.

If desired, memorial donations to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - The Palliative Pacer Fund would be appreciated by the family.

Visitation

Date
February 05, 2020
Location
Cardinal Funeral Home Bathurst
Time
03:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Service

Date
February 05, 2020
Location
Cardinal Funeral Home Bathurst
Time
04:00 PM

Cremation

Date
February 06, 2020
Location
 
Time
 
Memo

Private Cremation

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February 05, 2020
Jeannie Harrison & Eric Bartlett
We are saddened to learn about Brendan's death...he was way too young. Our hearts go out to Arisa, BettyAnn, Grant, & Sean at this time.
February 05, 2020
Beth Casselman (Hayes)
I am deeply saddened for Brendan’s journey on earth ending so short. I knew Brendan from NDSS. He always was a kind, friendly, talented and Rad dude! He sure did leave his footprints all over the world. I always loved following his journey on fb. Bless his spirit and all the loved ones he leaves behind. ❤️
February 05, 2020
Margaret and Stuart Newby
Dear Arisa. We have known Brendan for many years and although we have not met you James, our son, has. Brendan was a very special person and from what we here you are a special person too. You are in our thoughts. Margaret and Stuart Newby
February 05, 2020
Sarah Sopik (Newby)
Just wanted to say sorry to hear the sad news of Brendan. I know Brendan and my brother James were very close. My love and prayers are with you BA, Grant, Sean and Arrisa. Sarah
February 05, 2020
Margaret & Stuart Newby
Betty Anne, Grant and Sean. Do not have the words to say how we feel about Brendan. He was one of life's special people and I still remember the lovely hug he gave me at James' wedding. You are very much in our thoughts. Love from Margaret and Stuart.
February 05, 2020
Cherie Kerr
Thoughts and prayers to all the family💕 Roy & Cherie Kerr
February 04, 2020
Carys Rouleau
I was in photography school with Brendan at Sheridan, and he was a lovely guy. Always kind, decent, and cool. He gave me a ride to Kingston once and I got to see his childhood home- I understood that he was proud of his roots and respectful of his parents. He was a generous sweet person who deserved to live a long healthy life. I am so sorry for your loss of Brendan.
February 04, 2020
B.
Sending my love to Brendan’s family and friends. Been looking back at his incredible photographic work, and every image seems to so distinctly embody his personality... we’ve lost a good one, but his work will be with us forever. much love.
February 04, 2020
Cindy Dief
Really saddened to hear the news. I studied Photography at Sheridan College with Brendan, and many others. Our community is pretty tight knit. After graduation, I worked down on Carlaw assisting some Photographers just as Brendan did and many others from our class. I would would run into him regularly for ten years or so until I moved on to new roles outside of that neighbourhood. I couldn't say that I knew him extremely well, but I can tell you, from what I did know- he was one of the NICEST, KINDEST, and pretty dang TALENTED to boot. My heart is with his wife, family and friends - I can't even begin to comprehend what you're feeling right now. Sending you all so much love and prayers during this difficult time.
February 04, 2020
Angus Fergusson
Brendan started assisting when I just started out as a photographer. He supported me technically and emotionally, always calm and capable, making my day go a lot smoother. I’ll remember our road trips, conversations, his 30th birthday party, his smile and laughter. I’m so lucky to have known Brendan.
February 04, 2020
Giselle Cole
To the Entire Smyth Family, please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of Brendan. He fought the battle like a true warrior. May he rest in peace. Giselle and The Cole Family.
February 04, 2020
Michael Elliott
My deepest condolences. While I didn't know Brendan that well he always struck me as a very kind and considerate person. My love to you all in this most difficult time.
February 04, 2020
Karen Murphy
No words can express nor fill the hole. Sending love and prayers to Arisa, Betty-Anne, Grant and the rest of the family.
February 04, 2020
Pemola Pereira DaPonte
Please allow me to extend our most sincere condolences to Brendan’s wife and family. I was not fortunate enough to have known Brendan personally but all I have heard from my daughter and her fiancée have been positive. I am familiar, however, with the tragic devastation cancer brings to the sufferer as well as the secondary sufferers who love them the most. May you all find peace in his memory.