Bridget Ann Smith

July 7, 2020 20 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with deep sadness that we announce the tragic death of Bridget Ann Picton on July 1, 2020.

Bridget was born on December 6, 1966 in the town of Haverfordwest in the County of Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom where she spent her childhood. She was the daughter of Barbara Fuller Morgan (Derrick) and David Picton (Hillary).

Bridget started her career as a Registered Nurse, receiving her diploma in 1988 from the West Glamorgan School of Nursing in Swansea, Wales. This was followed by a Diploma in Midwifery from Swansea University in 1997. Bridget worked for many years at the Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest, Wales. Early on, she began to move into leadership roles and gained extensive experience in geriatric care.

During this time in Wales, Bridget married William (“Billie”) Holmes. They had two boys, Benjamin and Jacob. Later, Bridget met Geoffrey Smith, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Bridget moved to Canada and married Geoffrey in 2002, settling in Edmonton, Alberta. Her boys joined her there shortly thereafter, and in due time were adopted by Geoffrey. While in Edmonton, Bridget and Geoffrey had a daughter, Tegan, completing their family.

The family moved in 2004 to Kingston, Ontario where they remained for nine years. While in Kingston, Bridget continued working in health care, specializing in Geriatrics and Long Term Care, working in the community, as Director of Care at Extendicare Kingston, eventually becoming a Program Manager at St Mary’s of the Lake Hospital. Bridget, Benjamin and Jacob also became Canadian citizens in 2011. When Geoffrey’s career moved the family back to Edmonton in 2013, Bridget became the Program Manager for Labor & Delivery at the Grey Nuns Hospital. Later, she transferred to Alberta Health Services, becoming the Director of Critical Care at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. At the time of her death, Bridget was the Acting Vice President of Quality for the Shepherd’s Care Foundation.

In addition to her children (Benjamin, Jacob and Tegan), Bridget is survived by both parents and their spouses, her three brothers (Jeremy Picton, Oliver Morgan, David-Jon Picton), her sister (Claire Louise Dawes) and her current partner Aaron Gow. Her in-law parents Christine and Barry Smith, who considered her as their own daughter, dearly loved Bridget. She will be greatly missed by her extended family-through-marriage in Canada, especially her sister-in-law, Lyndsey Bonnelly.

Bridget was known for her sense of fun and style, and her wicked sense of humour. As a health care professional, she was a leader and mentor with high standards and boundless compassion. She was a bright light at any gathering, and loved playing hostess at parties and gatherings. She leaves behind many friends from across Canada to the United Kingdom who will miss the spark that she brought to everyone’s lives.

A Celebration of Bridget’s Life Gathering will be held on Friday, July 10, outdoors at Patricia Park in the Griesbach neighbourhood in north Edmonton, Alberta, starting at 1:00 pm MDT. Those who attend are asked to adhere to provincial social distancing rules, to bring their face masks or coverings, and will be required to sign in.

For the benefit of those who cannot attend in person, the Gathering will be live streamed, and in the event that that there are technical difficulties, it will also be recorded for later viewing. More details to follow in an event listing which will be shared on the Facebook page of Geoffrey Smith.

Flowers may be delivered to the Trinity Funeral Home at 10530-116 St. NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (https://www.trinityfuneralhome.ca/). They will be displayed at the Celebration of Life Gathering.

Donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (https://cmha.ca/) in Bridget’s name are welcome.

  1. We will all miss Bridget very much. She was fun to spend time with. My favorite memory is the many tiny glasses of sherry Bridget and I consumed every evening during the Christmas holidays when we spent Christmas with Bridget, Geoffrey, Jacob and Tegan in Edmonton. The tree was white and fashionable, the gifts were beautifully wrapped and the meals were delicious. Tegan and her cousin Tyler created huge kitty condos from the boxes; they had so much fun together. I am glad we have these wonderful memories of Bridget. Lesley, JR and Tyler Bechtold

    • Bridget
      My darling daughter.
      Im currently playing Whitney Houston, we would sing to this many moons ago, wonderful fun memories.
      My angel.
      We love & miss you so so much.
      All our love Mum & Derick XxXx

  2. To my darling sister Bridget
    “You left us so suddenly, your thoughts unknown,
    You left us memories, we are proud to own”
    Love you sweetheart
    Je Christine and Cariad
    XXXX

  3. My thoughts and prayers Are wth you all!!!! My deepest condolences

    Maureen & Dennis XO

  4. My deepest condolences to the family as well as Aaron. I only knew Bridget for a short period of time, but it didn’t take long to build a friendship with her. Her sense of humour was what drew me in…but her compassion for others is what sealed the deal. She will be deeply missed. Michelle Andrews ~ Stollery Children’s Hospital

  5. Our deepest condolences to all of Bridget’s family. Bridget was a
    bright light that was extinguished too soon. She had a great personality
    and always had a smile for everyone. She was very witty and could
    always make you laugh. We will all have good memories of Bridget
    that will keep her forever in our hearts. May she Rest In Peace.
    Donna and Bob Bonnelly

  6. So sorry for your loss. Bridget was a wonderful lady and I appreciated my time working with her.

  7. Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us everyday,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Bridget about a year ago and was impressed by her intelligence, her wit , and mostly her warm caring and welcoming personality that I felt an instant bond with her. As a fellow nurse , we seem to share similar philosophies. I will truly miss Bridget and offer my sincere condolences to her family of her passing. May her memory live on in the hearts of all who knew her. Rest In Peace Bridget. Megan Gow~McDonald

  8. My condolences to all of Bridget’s family during this very sad time. My memories stretch back to a time when we were all very young. I trained with Bridget as a nurse in Swansea and I have never forgotten her. She was the fun one in the group. She had a wicked sense of humour and an even wackier sense of style. It was the 80’s.
    I have only recently learned that she was now living in Canada and there was a hope of a reunion in the future with some of her other friends that she trained with.
    We will all be there with you on Friday and we will be sharing our memories together, here in the UK. There have been a lot of photos flying back and fore this week.
    We will never forget her and send our best wishes to you all.
    Her training mates.
    Bev, Helen, Gill, Anwen. And everyone in the FEB ‘85 set from West Glam School of Nursing. XX

    • The world has lost a brilliant Nursing Leader, a beautiful person, and a beloved friend. We will remember Bridget for her humour, passion for sharing her Nursing knowledge and friendship. Bridget’s laughter and presence would light up a room. We will never forget. Hugs to family and friends. She touched many individuals ❤.

  9. My deepest condolences to Bridget’s family, and especially her children. Bridget was a colleague for the last couple of years and her sense of humour was one of her finest traits. Her passion for nursing was exemplary. My thoughts are with her children especially as she was so proud of them, her face shone and her voice softened when she spoke of them. Cherish your memories.

  10. The wild woman has a deep love of nature,
    A love for the ancient mother,
    Though possibly misunderstood,
    It has always been in her.
    When she goes into the wilderness,
    A part of her soul is going home.
    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  11. Bridget and Geoffrey were coming to Halifax so Barry and I could meet her. They were arriving a day apart and Bridget arrived first. We fell in love with Bridget as soon as we met her. Bridget was so special to everyone in our family. I miss her terribly. Love you Bridget, Mom Smith

  12. I first met Bridget on my very first day of nurse training,at Park Beck Nurses home in Swansea Wales.We became friends that day,and shared our three years of training together,always living next door or near to each other in the various nurses accommodation,we moved around every few months for different specialities.Bridget was funny,bright,stylish and mischievous.We used to have many lovely times,with Bridget whizzing us around in her Mini Cooper car she was one of the few who had a car.She was always quick to learn,and did well in our clinical placements,everybody knew and liked Bridget.Myself and three other friends from our February 1985 set,were planning a reunion and we hoped Bridget could join us one day.We will all remember her fondly,and her sense of humour.I am so sad to hear of her passing,and I will never forget her.Sending condolences to all her family and friends,from myself,my mother who met Bridget the same day as me,and remembers her fondly,and everyone who knew and remembered her from our student nurse days,especially Gill,Bev and Anwen,Rest Well Bridget.Xxxx

  13. My clever talented niece; her humour and sense of fun were infectious.
    I remember her at many happy family occasions and on one visit to my home in Cambridge
    when she and Billy got lost and ended up in Oxford !!.

    Rest in sweet peace darling niece.

    Annette (Nettie).

  14. She was “absolutely fabulous”, wasn’t she? I am so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to Geoff and her children. Gary, Wenda, Erin and Jane in North Bay, ON

  15. Roger and I send our deepest condolences to all of Bridget’s family. Warm memories will always remain. We are sorry for your loss
    Anne and Roger Wilson

  16. Brian & I offer our deepest condolences to Bridget’s family and her partner Aaron on her untimely death. She was an amazing person who was such a joy to be around – her brilliance, her wit and her sense of humour were second to none. Having worked with Bridget at the Stollery Childrens’ Hospital I can attest to what an amazing healthcare leader she was – her influence would have been felt long after she left the organization. Rest in peace Bridget.

  17. An Angel is walking among us.
    It was a blessing to work for you even for a short while.
    Hacer a la gente feliz fue parte de tu identidad.
    I will miss you! Be free and happy

  18. 💔Sincere condolences. May Bridget now Rest in Peace. She has now gained her Angel Wings and will watch over everyone of you. 💔
    Big Cwtch to all the family from us in Wales ❤️❤️

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