Carl’s Obit

**SMITH, Carlton Daniel** – 49, Halifax, has left the building. Carlton, Carl to his friends, died gently in the early morning of Wednesday, November 16, 2005, holding his wife Fiona’s hand in his room in the New Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax.

Never one to be afraid to run with metaphorical scissors, Carl surprised his doctors from day one by living not only another day but a full life. The biggest surprise for everyone else was just how many people during that life knew, respected and loved him. Carl had been a husband, father, son, brother, partner, roommate, student, writer, radio DJ, reporter, student, role model, mentor, political activist, student, film worker, adventurer, student, photographer, entertainer, student, and Bob Dylan fan. “Il chant tres fort comme Trotsky.” Most recently he had returned to music, playing bass with the popular local blues trio, Eli (he’d want us to mention that their live CD should be available in all fine establishments).

Born on November 9, 1956, in Middleton, to Margaret (Jobe) Smith and the late Paul Smith (Moncton, N.B.), Carl is survived by his wife and best friend, Fiona Lotz; son, Peter; sister, Leta Goldwynn; niece, Lumin; a bunch of band members and fellow musicians, as well as too many friends and relatives to list on a newspaper page.

A memorial and reception will be held in Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, 5500 Inglis St., Halifax, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday November 22. Please join us, not with sorrow, but with joy to celebrate a life like no other. If you have photos or stories you would like to share, please bring them. Black only as a fashion statement. Bright colours and Hawaiian shirts strongly encouraged. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers in Carl’s memory to [IWK Health Centre, Cardiac Care Department]( or [Bide Awhile Animal Shelter]( Special thanks go to the nurses and doctors of the 6th floor. On-line condolences may be made at