Storm claims life of Kingston man

A massive storm that swept through much of Ontario on Friday, September 21st has tragically claimed the life of a Kingston man.

Darren Smith sustained critical injuries at his home when a large maple tree fell on him due to the strong storm winds. He succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. He was 46 years old.

Smith was a longtime employee of the City Of Kingston and was the Supervisor of Recreation Facilities, according to a statement from the City. “The City extends condolences to Darren’s family, friends and colleagues after this tragic accident at home,” the City said.

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson also extended condolences to Smith’s loved ones. “Darren Smith, a long standing city employee and Supervisor of Recreation Facilities, was killed in a tragic accident at his home this weekend. On behalf of Kingston City Council I offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”

Smith was a well-known and loved fixture at Kingston’s marina as well as local arenas, where he volunteered as a minor hockey coach. He is survived by his wife, a 17-year-old daughter, and a 19-year-old son. A GoFundMe account has been created for anyone wishing to make a donation towards the Smith family. It can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/darren-quotsmittyquot-smith-family-fund

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