Re: Vincent Reynolds Smith [Gavin related]

Title: Re: [nscumber] Vincent Reynolds Smith [Gavin related]
Thanks to clues from Steve with his great Cumberland County research and Google, I just located these items.

Without Steve’s previous research, I would never have known of the local Cumberland County connections.

What a great and prominent family with roots to Amherst and Parrsboro.


Vincent Reynolds Smith
>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vincent Reynolds Smith (December 18, 1890[1] – May 3, 1960[2]) was a lawyer and political figure in Saskatchewan. He represented Yorkton from 1934 to 1938 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as a Liberal.

Life and career[edit]
Smith was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, the son of Charles Reynolds Smith and Mary Gavin, and was educated at St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie University.[1] His brother Robert Knowlton Smith was also a politician, serving in the Canadian House of Commons from 1925 to 1935. He opened a law practice in Regina in 1914, later moving to Yorkton. In 1915, Smith married Rita Fitzgerald.[2] Smith was defeated by Alan Carl Stewart when he ran for reelection to the assembly in 1938.[3] He was a prominent member of the Knights of Columbus, founding the Yorkton Council and serving as its first Grand Knight. In 1944, Smith was named a district court judge, serving first in Kerrobert, then Saskatoon. He died in Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 69.[2]

His daughter, Sally Merchant,[2] and her son – his grandson, Tony Merchant both served in the Saskatchewan assembly.[4] His great-granddaughter is television personality Amanda Lang.[5]

Sally Merchant
>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maria Margharita "Sally" Merchant (October 1, 1919 – April 1, 2007) was a Saskatchewan television personality and political figure. She was the only Liberal MLA elected to represent Saskatoon in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1964 to 1967. She did seek re-election in 1967.

She was born Maria Margharita Smith in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1919, the daughter of Vincent Smith, a Saskatchewan judge and former MLA for Yorkton. She received a B.A. from Dalhousie University and a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan. In 1941, she married Captain Evatt Francis Anthony Merchant; he was killed in action during World War II. She joined CFQC-TV (later CTV) in Saskatoon in 1955 and went on to host a television interview show known as Sally Time. In 1967, she was named to the Canadian delegation to the United Nations. She served in the federal Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs from 1969 to 1983 and with the CRTC from 1983 to 1988. Mrs. Merchant lectured at the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan. She died in Saskatoon in April, 2007.

Her son Anthony "Tony" Merchant also served as an MLA in the Saskatchewan Legislature and sister-in-law to the late Robert Thomas Peter Merchant (Halifax businessman and brother of her late husband).

Her granddaughter is television personality Amanda Lang.[1]

Merchant - 1940 A life of five careers and eight cities; a pan Canadian life, a life of interest and accomplishment. After university, marriage, children, and the death of her husband, Sally became a pioneer of television in the 1950s and 60s, spanning a 10 year career as a syndicated television host of "Sally Time" and other programs in Northern Saskatchewan from CFQC in Saskatoon. In 1964, Sally was elected as the sole Liberal MLA from Saskatoon and served with distinction in the Government of Ross Thatcher. She was the only female Liberal MLA to serve in the 15th Legislature of Saskatchewan. Her father and son, in their own times, also served as MLAs from different parts of Saskatchewan. She chose not to run again in the 1967 election to pursue a new career at the University of Saskatchewan. In the late 1960s, at the invitation of External Affairs Minister Paul Martin Sr., Sally served as a Canadian diplomatic delegate to the United Nations in New York. When Prime Minister Lester Pearson established the new Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs to be led by the Hon. John Turner, Sally was asked to play a pivotal role in establishing offices and protocols within the new Ministry; and from her various positions within the Department in Ottawa, then Winnipeg, and finally in Edmonton, she remained actively involved in developing Canadian public policy and consumer protection initiatives for more than a decade. In the academic field, she taught at three universities and served as Assistant Director of Development at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1983, Sally was appointed by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and the Hon. Francis Fox to serve as a member of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, a position to which she brought great knowledge from her many careers, including her experience as a broadcasting pioneer. Maria Margharita Sally Merchant died peacefully at her residence in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, April 1, 2007. Sally is survived by her daughter Adrian Merchant (Donald) Macdonald and her children Timothy Lang (Jennifer) and son Matthew; Gregory Merchant Lang; Andrew Vincent Lang and fiancée Lisa Pasquin; Elisabeth Ann Lang (Paul Amirault) and children Katherine Maria, Jane Elisabeth and Clare Grace; Amanda Lang (Vince Borg) and children Madeleine and Julian Vincent; and Adrian C. Lang (Ashley Taylor) and children Gavin Lang and Victoria Lynne; her son Evatt Francis Anthony Merchant (Pana) and their sons Evatt Francis Anthony, John Eric Joshua and Matthew Vincent Reynolds; her brother Adrian G (Theresa) Smith and sister Marie-Therese McGuinness. She was predeceased by her parents Judge Vincent Reynolds Smith and Mrs. Martina Margharita Fitzgerald Smith; her husband Captain Evatt Francis Anthony Merchant, their infant son Michael Vincent Reynolds, granddaughter Maria Margharita Lang and her elder brother Gerald Smith. Sally was born in Yorkton Saskatchewan on October 1, 1919. She attended Victoria Public School in Yorkton and the Loretto Convent in Sedley Saskatchewan. She completed her secondary education at the Convents of the Sacred Heart in Halifax and Montréal, received her Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University (1940) and Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan (1955). Sally married Evatt Merchant of Halifax in 1941. Evatt, who attained the rank of Captain, served as a CanLoan Officer to the British Army. He was killed in action in 1944 serving with the 5th Cameron Highlanders, and is buried in Holland. Sally joined CFQC-TV in Saskatoon in 1955 and hosted a series of interview programmes over the next ten years generally known as "Sally Time". In 1964 Sally was elected as a Liberal Member of the Saskatchewan Legislature for Saskatoon. She was appointed to the Canadian Delegation to the U.N. in 1967 and served on the Senate of the University of Alberta (1974-1980). Sally was appointed to the newly formed Federal Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs in 1969 and served as the Winnipeg Regional Consumer Services Manager 1969-1970, Ottawa Program Manager Consumer Affairs 1971, Alberta and NWT Consumer Services Manager 1971-1980 and Manitoba Consumer Services Manager 1980-1983. Sally was a Lecturer at the University of Alberta 1975-1977, University of Manitoba 1983, and University of Saskatchewan 1984. She served on the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (1983-1988). Sally was named a Life Member of both the Saskatoon Council of Women and the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan as well as an Honourary Member of Soroptimists International. She served on numerous community boards including Saskatchewan Chairman UNICEF; Board Member - Saskatoon John Howard Society, Saskatchewan Crippled Children & Adults (now Abilities Council), Saskatoon Social Planning Council, Saskatoon Council Christians & Jews, Salvation Army Red Shield Campaign, St. Paul's Hospital Building Fund, Alberta John Howard Society, and Goodwill Industries of Alberta. She was an active member of the Consumers' Association of Canada, the Association for the Mentally Retarded, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Liberal Party of Canada, Canadian Women's Press Club, Canadian Media Club, and Catholic Women's League. In recent years, Sally was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005). She was honoured to be presented with the Senator Sid Buckwold Award by the Hon. Stéphane Dion. Sally was proud of the accomplishments of her grandchildren, her children, and their spouses, one a former Federal Cabinet Minister and High Commissioner, and the other a serving Senator. Even at 88, Sally had no difficulty driving, shopping, and until just before her death, strong of voice, body, and mind, living independently as she always had. Sally was ever upbeat and joyful about her life. For the few weeks of need, she was cared for diligently by her daughter and family members and died just before midnight on April 1, 2007. She spoke fondly of the profound impact and admiration she felt for her many friends and colleagues, and received and appreciated kind notes, calls, and flowers from many people who had touched her life. It is ineffable to describe a person who hit a golf ball 275 yards, sewed a man's suit once to prove she could, when a full university load was 5 classes, took 7 in one year and got all A's, was still door knocking in 1997, writing policy in 2004, and at 87 being elected a delegate to the 2006 Liberal leadership convention. Sally knew what King followed Charles 1st, how many Progressives won in 1926, what each of the Beaver and Walrus covered last month and what Gordon Gibson wrote yesterday. She lived in every region of Canada, she worked in five careers, she loved Canada, loved people, and was loved in return. Hers was an abiding interest in societal change through ideas and acts. Unique in her time - extraordinary in any time. A Requiem Mass will be said on Monday, April 9, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral in Saskatoon with a reception to follow at the Saskatoon Club and a private interment on Tuesday.
Published in National Post on Apr. 5, 2007
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Evath Francis Merchant, born 1914 in Halifax, Halifax County

Item can be found in Registration Year: 1914 - Page: 52100538 - Number: 52100540
Sally’s ex-son-in-law:


Life and career[edit]
Lang was born in Handel, Saskatchewan. In 1961, he was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, the youngest person to be appointed to that position, and served until 1969.[1]

Lang was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1968 election, and was re-elected in the 1972 and 1974 elections as the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Humboldt. He served as Minister without Portfolio (1968–70), Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (1969–79), Acting Minister of Mines, Energy and Resources (1969),[2] Minister of Manpower and Immigration (1970–72), Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1972–75), Minister of Transport (1975–79), Acting Minister of Communications (1975), Acting Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1978), and Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1978).[1] He was defeated in the 1979 federal election by Robert Ogle of the New Democratic Party.

Following his career in politics, Lang served as the Executive Vice-President of Pioneer Grain Co. Ltd., Chairman of the Transport Institute at the University of Manitoba and as President, CEO of Centra Gas Manitoba Inc. He is currently retired, but serves as a director of several companies, including Investor's Group and the Winnipeg Airport Authority. In 2005-06 Lang served as the co-chair of the federal Liberal election campaign for Manitoba.

A Rhodes Scholar, Lang holds a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan, a B.C.L from Oxford University (Exeter College) and an LL.D. from the University of Manitoba. He played for the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, winning two Blues.

In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Lang is married to Madame Justice Deborah McCawley of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. They currently reside in Manitoba. He was previously married to Adrian Merchant.

Lang is the father of seven children (one deceased, Maria): Andrew Lang, a communications advisor who was the federal Liberal candidate for the riding of Toronto—Danforth in 2008 and 2011;[3] Timothy Lang, President and CEO of Youth Employment Services in Toronto;[4] Gregory Lang, Chief Operating Officer of Solera Sustainable Energies Company; Elisabeth Lang, a lawyer and Deputy Superintendent of Program Policy & Regulatory Affairs at the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada in Ottawa;[5] Adrian Lang, Associate General Counsel at BMO Financial Group in Toronto (she was formerly a partner with the law firm of Stikeman Elliott);[6] and Amanda Lang, a television news personality.

Amanda Lang
>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amanda Lang
Born     October 31, 1970 (age 46)[1]
Alma mater    University of Manitoba
Occupation    Journalist, news presenter
Children    2
Parent(s)    Otto Lang and Adrian Macdonald
Relatives    Anthony Merchant (uncle)
Sally Merchant (grandmother)
Vincent Reynolds Smith (great-grandfather)
Amanda Lang (born October 31, 1970) is a Canadian business journalist, currently the host of Bloomberg North on Bloomberg TV Canada.[2] Lang was formerly senior business correspondent for CBC News where she anchored The Exchange with Amanda Lang daily on CBC News Network. Prior to her work with CBC she worked as a print journalist for Canadian national newspapers and was an anchor for Business News Network and CNNfn.

Early life[edit]
She is the daughter of Otto Lang, a Liberal party MP and federal cabinet member during the 1960s and 1970s. Her stepfather, Donald Stovel Macdonald, was also a federal Cabinet minister.[3] Lang has an identical twin sister, Adrian.[4]

She attended St Mary's Academy, a private Catholic girls' school in Winnipeg, Manitoba and later studied architecture at the University of Manitoba.[3]

On 17-03-28 6:12 PM, "nscumber" <> wrote:


He was the s/o Charles Reynolds Smith and Mary Gavin [Parrsboro].


Vincent R. Smith

mentioned in the record of Vincent R. Smith and Margueriete M. Fitzgerald

Name   Vincent R. Smith
Birth Date   1891
Birthplace   Amherst, Nova Scotia
Age   24
Spouse's Name   Margueriete M. Fitzgerald
Spouse's Birth Date   1893
Spouse's Birthplace   Halifax, Nova Scotia
Spouse's Age   22
Event Date   25 Aug 1915
Event Place   Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Father's Name   Charles R.
Mother's Name   Mary
Spouse's Father's Name   Richard
Spouse's Mother's Name   Selina
No image available
Canada Marriages, 1661-1949
Indexing Project (Batch) Number   M0009-1
System Origin   Canada-VR
GS Film number   1298988
Reference ID   2:3KHRBC0

Vincent R Smith

Canada Census, 1916

Name   Vincent R Smith
Event Type   Census
Event Date   1916
Event Place   Saskatchewan, Canada
Gender   Male
Age   25
Marital Status   Married
Ethnicity   Irish
Relationship to Head of Household   Self
Birthplace   Nova Scotia
Birth Year (Estimated)   1891
Township   22
Province   Saskatchewan
District Number   27 Regina
Sub-District Number   03F
Enumeration District   22
Page   43
Affiliate Film Number   T-21943
No image available
Canada Census, 1916
Family Number   489
Line Number   7
Digital Folder Number   004363972
Image Number   00365

Household            Role Sex Age Birthplace

Vincent R Smith Self               M  25y  Nova Scotia
Mita Smith         Wife               F  28y  Nova Scotia [Rita]
Fitzgarld Smith   Son               M  1m  Saskatchewan [Fitzgerald]
Sarah Fahia     Mother-in-law  F   50y  N S

Vincent R Smith in the 1921 Census of Canada

Name: Vincent R Smith
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 30
Birth Year: abt 1891
Birth Place: Nova Scotia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Rita Smith
Father Birth Place: Nova Scotia
Mother Birth Place: Nova Scotia
Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish
Province or Territory: Saskatchewan
District: Mackenzie
District Number: 219
Sub-district: Yorkton (Town)
Sub-District Number: 64
City, Town or Village: Town of Yorkton
Section Number: No 153 3rd Avenue
Occupation: Lawyer
Income: 7000
Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members:

Name                 Age

Vincent R Smith 30
Rita Smith           27
Gerald Smith        5
Sally Smith           2
Sarah Fay            55 [Fitzgerald]

Vincent Reynolds Smith

British Columbia Death Registrations

Name   Vincent Reynolds Smith
Event Type   Death
Event Date   03 May 1960
Event Place   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Gender   Male
Age   69
Marital Status   Married
Birth Date   18 Dec 1890
Birth Year (Estimated)   1891
Birthplace   Amherst, Nova Scotia
Father's Name   Charles Reynolds Smith
Mother's Name   Mary Gavin [Parrsboro]
Spouse's Name   Rita Fitzgerald

[cause: myocardial infarction / coronary thrombosis / coronary atherosclerosis]
[in province 3 days - residence: Saskatoon]
[occ.: judge, district court, Province of Saskatchewan]