pamphlet prepared by Lenore Neuman
daughter of Barbara (Smith) Neuman and
grand daughter of Ida (Day)
Web page by Ida's nephew, Michael
Day, Ida Evelyn. On
Sunday, August 22, 1909, to Ethel Emily (nee Williams) and Professor
William Henry Day of Guelph, Ontario. A little sister for Stella
Marjorie. Proud grandparents are Esther Emily (McCarter) &
Leander Eliphalet Williams, and PolIy Ann (Switzer) & Nathan
Ida Smith passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2002, in
Ida grew up in the
university town of Guelph, Ontario, where her father, Professor
William Henry Day, taught at the OAC.
She was the second of
four children. Her sister, StelIa, was older by 2 years & her 2
brothers, William Nathan and Henry Allan were 2 years and 6 years
younger respectively. Ida was predeceased by all her siblings; Harry
in 1966, Bill in 1976 and Stella in 1984.
In 1923 the family
moved from Guelph to Bradford, Ontario, where Prof Day designed and
implemented the drainage system for the Holland Marsh.
1928 Ida enrolled at the Macdonald College at the University of
Guelph where she graduated in 1930 with a degree in Home
She moved back to Bradford in 1933 and
was there that she met Ray
Cameron Smith. Ray was working on the Holland Marsh at the
On October 29th, 1936, Ray and Ida were married in the
little town of Newtonville, Ontario, now part of Toronto. Their
first child Barbara Ann was born in Bradford in September 1937.
After living near Baden and in Bradford, the family moved to Toronto
in 1940. Both their sons, Ray Telford (March 1942), and James
Cameron (Dec 1950), were born in Toronto. There the family prospered
and Ray took on ever increasing responsibilities and eventually
owned his own service station.
Ida also contributed to the
financial stability of the family by taking in boarders and sewing
everything from aprons to wedding gowns. She was also quite involved
in the St. Paul's United Church women's group and the Scout
Ida did a fair bit of travelling in her time. She
had as a partner, a friend of many years, Connie Riley, who she
travelled with since Smitty was always too busy to take time for
leisure. Ida and Connie travelled through Europe and the Far East,
seeing many countries like Japan, Singapore and Germany. Ray and Ida
did have a couple of trips to Europe as well as New Zealand and
In her later years, Ida took great pleasure in her
knitting and quilting. She never planned on quilting. In her younger
years it was something that her Mother did, but it wasn't for her.
Later though, she came to enjoy it and made over 100 quilts,
pleasing so many people with gifts of her beautiful handwork. She
was also very generous with her afghans, of which she made well over
Ida is survived by her husband, Ray, and their three
children, Barbara, Ray and Jim, as well as 7 grandchildren and 5
Footnote: Ida's husband Ray died July 2003.