ATKINSON, JEFFREY: Suddenly, at home on Monday, March 14, 2011, Jeffrey Kirk Atkinson, in his 40th year. Beloved son of Ira and Sharon Atkinson of Smithville. Dear brother of Kimberly and Verne Smith and Deborah and John Fisher also of Smithville. Cherished uncle of Alicia, Brittany and Christopher Smith and Michael and Chelsea Fisher. Jeff was employed for 11 years at Taylor Steel, Stoney Creek. He attended South Lincoln High School. He will be lovingly remembered by several cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his infant brother Duane, grandparents Lorne and Hazel Atkinson and Ross and Shirley Silverthorne. We take comfort in the friendships he had with Brad Mucyka and Tim Johnson. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 17 from 7-9 pm only, at Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville. The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 18 at 11 am at the funeral home. Following the funeral service, friends are invited to Smithville United Church, 116 West Street (Regional Rd 20) for refreshments and fellowship while the immediate family attends the private interment at Waite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association (in recognition of his niece Brittany Smith) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.