Joe Smail, 99 years and 10 months on from his birth at Galashiels in Scotland, [has taken] his last step with the same radiant faith which had long lit his prodigious cheerful life.
At Mr Smail’s memorial service at Geelong Christ Church yesterday, Rev David Jones observed that he had “gone home for Christmas to be reunited with his beloved Hilda”.
Joe Smail migrated from Scotland with his family in 1927, kept his highland [sic] burr for life and became many things to Geelong.
He was an accomplished singer and musician but the constant in his life alongside his family was his faith.
Preaching was his mission and he did it in almost 70 churches across the decades.
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