Obituary: Tribute to Laurieton's Cynthia Smith

Family and friends of Cynthia Smith came together on Monday, October 8 to reflect on their fond memories of a woman who always put others first. 

Cynthia passed away last week after battling cancer for the past three years.

Family friend Larry delivered the eulogy at the service and said Cyn fought so incredibly hard, with amazing support from family, friends and the community.

“She truly showed how strong, resilient and stubborn she was,” he said.

“Cyn will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.”

Cynthia Margaret Smith, known by her close friends as Cyn or Cynsie, was born in Tauranga, New Zealand on July, 20 1953. 

Cynthia was the youngest of five siblings by eight years. Her proud parents Thomas and Christina White raised their family in the Bay of Plenty.

Cynthia worked as a secretary in New Zealand, before moving to Australia with two girlfriends.

Cyn continued her secretarial work in Australia and worked for a number of companies on the Northern Beaches. 

Cynthia met her lifelong partner, Les at a mutual friend’s party at Long Reef in 1973.

The couple married on October 15, 1977 at Mona Vale Uniting Church.

On January 4, 1982 they celebrated the birth of their first child Jacqueline Margaret.

Six and a half years later they relocated out of Sydney to Les’s home town of Laurieton.

Two days later, Cyn gave birth to Brendan on May 12, 1988. 

Cyn dedicated 30 years of volunteering to various sporting clubs and organisations in the Camden Haven.

Some of these include:

School P&C committees, school and sport canteens, netball, soccer, touch football, swimming club, surf lifesaving club, Hastings car club, Sport and Recreation Committee, Chamber of Commerce and Kew Information Centre (iKew).

Cyn was proud to become a grandmother to her four beautiful grandchildren including Kiara, Zahli, and Avisha and Lachlan.

“She adored them and they equally adored,” Larry said. 

Larry thanked everyone who donated their time and money to enable Cynthia to fight as hard as she did.

Cynthia’s daughter Jacqui said her mother’s death was devastating, however she was now at peace. 

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