Arthur Barridge Smith

1922–1979 (Age 57)
Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada

The Life of Arthur Barridge

When Arthur Barridge Smith was born on 17 January 1922, in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, his father, Arthur Cavandish Smith, was 34 and his mother, Erie Wave Irwin, was 28. He married Thelma Josephine Ashdown on 3 May 1944, in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He died on 28 September 1979, in Ridgeway, Fort Erie, Niagara, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 57.

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Arthur Barridge Smith
Thelma Josephine Ashdown
Marriage: 3 May 1944

Spouse & Children

3 May 1944
Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Parents & Siblings

  • Arthur Cavandish Smith


  • Female1893–1943Female



World Events (4)

1934 · Dionne Quintuplets Born

Age 12

Born on May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survive infancy. The five girls were born two months prematuare and months later were taken from their parents by the Red Cross. In the 1940s they were returned to their family.
1943 · Conservative Party Wins Ontario Election

Age 21

George A. Drew was the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1943, they won the Ontario election.
1955 · General Motors Auto Workers Strike

Age 33

From 1955-1956, around 17,000 workers for General Motors went on strike. They wanted a pay raise, more secure working conditions, and a health plan half paid by General Motors. The strike lasted 148 days.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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