Geri Smith Obituary, Death Cause – Geraldine “Geri” Smith, a long-time newscaster for Canadian Press whose voice became recognizable to listeners throughout the country during her nearly 35 years with the national wire service, passed away recently. Her passing comes as a great loss to the country. She was in her 60s.
On Thursday, Smith’s body was discovered inside of her house in Toronto. She had been on leave from her job at the time of her passing. According to Rose Kingdon, director of broadcast news at the Canadian Press, Smith’s ability to present national newscasts in a manner that is seamless, personable, and kind has helped her become one of the company’s most senior and most recognized broadcasters.
“Geri had her own flair when she provided the news,” Kingdon said in a telephone interview. “You always knew without hearing her name who was speaking because Geri had her own manner when she delivered the news.” “She enjoyed having a good time. The majority of the time, she was encircled by others laughing. She was charming and smart at the same time.”
Smith’s long broadcasting career began its start in 1983 with a spell at a radio station in Cambridge, Ontario, before she transferred to another station in Kitchener, which was located nearby. Since then, Smith has worked at a number of radio stations across the country. In June of 1988, she became a member of the broadcast team at Canadian Press.
Malcolm Morrison, a veteran of Canadian Press who is now retired, has stated that he was the audio supervisor when Smith joined the team. He referred to her as “one of the best newscasters I’ve ever encountered” in his statement. “She was a very, very pleasant person to work with, and… a lot of people had a lot of affection for her,” said the manager.
According to Morrison, the individuals who knew Smith were devastated when they found out that she had passed away so unexpectedly and at such a young age. “She was someone who everybody had a tremendous respect for, both for her professional qualities and just because she was such a delightful person to work with,” he added. “She was somebody that everybody had a great respect for.”