Funeral arrangements for Craig Smith

Craig’s funeral will be live streamed here:

Funeral arrangements for Craig Smith

The funeral service will take place, Lord Willing, at

1pm on Friday the 7th of October

at Central Baptist Church, 190 Church Street, Palmerston North

Approx 2:30pm you are invited to join the family at the grave-side at

Kelvin Grove Cemetery, James Line, Pamlerston North


Light refreshments will be available from 2:30pm at the

Reformed Church, 541 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North

During the afternoon tea at about 3:30pm there will be tributes from:

Zach Smith (including sister Susan Sullivan) on behalf of the Smith family

David Waldron on behalf of his family and other families

John de Vries on behalf of the Reformed Church

Roy Sandbrook (including Kate Jaunay and Geoff Botkin) on behalf of Home educators

5 thoughts on “Funeral arrangements for Craig Smith

  1. Sincere condolences to all of the Smith family. Craig was a great inspiration to me when I first began homeschooling our children many years ago. He always gave the impression that you were never wasting his time 🙂 No matter what trivial questions I asked him he never made me feel as if it did not matter.
    He will be remembered by us as a strong Christian man who stood by his beliefs, loved his family and others and as a great encourager.
    Ken and Karen Silvester

  2. All our love thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as we remember an amazing man who along with you,his family,touched so many lives.As Karen Silvester has commented-Craig never gave the impression that any question was too ‘silly’ to be answered(and boy I asked a few!).A truly remarkable man with an incredible passion for home education!!!
    Love to you all.
    Ian and Bobbie Brickell and family.

  3. When we first considered the idea of home based education Craig and Barbara Smith and family and the Home Education Foundation were mentioned as part of the pioneering group of people who were actively involved with supporting and helping those who were considering home education. I remember requesting and receiving a pack of colourful
    information from them whilst our children were still quite young.
    Barbara and family, we are thinking of you today at your time of remembrance and celebration, but also of the loss I can only imagine you all will be feeling at this time of mixed emotions now and over the ensuing moments of time. Queen Elizabeth 2 said “Grief is the price we pay for love”, but may you also experience extra portions of comfort, love and strength as you gradually
    adjust over time, but of course never forget your blessed loved one.
    with love from Peter and Judith and family xx

  4. Dear Barbara and children,
    How our hearts and prayers go out for you all who miss your husband and father. We are thankful for the wonderful life he lived serving His Lord. May the Lord hold you closely during this time of transition.

    Love in Christ,

    Brian & Suzanne Reid
    Idaho Coalition of Home Educators

  5. I add my condolences also. Craig was a humble and strong, amazing man of God who was tireless in advocating for God, family & home education. I am so sorry I only just caught this sad news today, I know he will be greatly missed by his family and those of us around New Zealand who he made feel were also part of his family, no matter how little contact we may have had. He has hugely influenced me in my Christian home educating journey.
    Barbara, you are a wonderful woman of God I hope you will be able to continue the work the 2 of you have built up, along with the support of your great family. They are a testimony to all you both have done for so long.
    God bless you all at this time and for the future,
    Mari Swindley

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