Harry Leslie Smith, a prominent British air force veteran turned writer and social activist, has died at the age of 95 in an eastern Ontario hospital.
His son John, who has been tweeting regular medial updates on his father’s behalf, posted the news on social media Wednesday morning. The elder Smith was in critical condition at a Belleville, Ont., hospital.
At 3:39 this morning, my dad Harry Leslie Smith died. I am an orphan. #istandwithharry
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) November 28, 2018
Smith was an anti-poverty activist who authored several books on the Great Depression, the Second Word War and postwar austerity. Online tributes have been pouring in for him as he received treatment in an intensive care unit after his family said he suffered a fall.