Smishek, Walter Edmund, 1925-2014

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Smishek, Walter Edmund, 1925-2014

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Walter Edmund Smishek was born on July 21, 1925 in Sokal, Poland to Andrew Joseph and Mary (Homeniuk) Smishek. He moved to Saskatchewan with his family in 1930 and was raised on the family farm near Hafford.

Smishek worked with a grocery wholesale firm for five years before becoming a representative for the Saskatchewan Joint Board of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in 1949. He held the position until 1960 and again from 1964 to 1971. From 1960 to 1964 he was executive secretary to the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.

Smishek was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1964 and served as a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.) for Regina East (1964-1967) and as a New Democratic Party (NDP) M.L.A. for Regina North East (1967-1982). Smishek served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Public Health (1971-1974); Minister of Health (1974-1975); Minister of Finance (1975-1979); Minister of Municipal Affairs (Urban) (1979-1980); and Minister of Urban Affairs (1980-1982). He was Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions.

Smishek lost his seat in the 1982 provincial general election to Russell Sutor of the Progressive Conservative party. After leaving provincial politics, Smishek worked for the federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs until his retirement. Smishek continued to live in Regina until his death on December 22, 2014.

Smishek married Ruth Bernice Schuck on August 20, 1955. They had three children: Mark, Kelly, and Erica.


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Obituary published in the Regina Leader-Post, December 24, 2014.

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