Smith was at his father's bedside in Cairns after he suffered a mild heart attack.
Frank Genaia, the company’ General Manager presented Smith’s message to the gathering.
“On behalf of the board, management and staff of Post-Courier, we are at a loss. We have not only lost a brother, father, grandfather but a mentor in the Post -Courier and the media industry as a whole. His leadership and mentoring will leave a gaping hole for those who follow in his footsteps. We extend our sincere condolences to his family."