Sidney Herbert Smither

December 3, 1942 to November 28, 2013 -


Sid slipped quietly away at 11:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day with his devoted family at his side.

Born in Portland to Frances and Leonard Smither, Sid grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and Hillsboro, Ore., graduating from Hillsboro High in 1960. He went on to study music, business and psychology at Portland State University. A graduate of Lewis and Clark, his aspirations to be an opera singer did not come to fruition but he went on to establish Lake Music, a music retail and musical instrument rental store in Lake Grove more than 40 years ago.

Sid loved tennis, traveling, wine and sharing his love for music with the constant humming a favorite tune. Behind his welcoming smile and sparkling blue eyes was a huge heart. He was caring, thoughtful, kind, compassionate, understanding and funny. He enjoyed bringing happiness into people’s lives via jokes. He was active with the Lake Grove Business Association and was a longtime regular at La Provence Bistro with a great affinity for their staff.

A deeply spiritual man, Sid moved forward with aplomb, excitement and assurance. He had no regrets; he understood that life plays itself out in unexpected ways - ways we might not appreciate at the time but in retrospect usually make perfect sense.

Sid was predeceased by his mother in 2006, his father in 1955, his step-father in 1981, and Carol Stewart, the mother of his children, who he lovingly and humorously referred to as his “unwife,” in 2010.

He is survived by his beloved Frances Allden, children Holly (Jordan), Tim (Keli), Todd (Micah) and Brandi (Dwight); grandchildren Jacob, Orion, Maggie and Ollie; stepchildren Janice Lawrence and Sean Lawrence (Lisa); and step-grandchildren Ethan and Noah.

He has left Lake Music in the capable, enthusiastic hands of his family and Vicki and Dee Rogers, Stephanie Holly and talented teaching staff.

A celebration of life will be held on December 15th from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Foundry, 320 Oswego Pointe Drive, Lake Oswego. Donations may be made in Sid’s name to Smiles International.