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Hi Smokes Team,

I read the story that your founder, Ryan, had passed away, as I was scrolling through evening news on my phone. I didn’t know Ryan, but have wonderful memories of Smokes. After moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia for my undergrad degree, from South Africa, I tried poutine for the very first time, at Smokes. That marked the start of many late night trips to Smokes, alone and with friends. I’m now based in Toronto, but whenever I pass by a Smokes it makes me nostalgic about my years in Halifax! It is my birthday this weekend, and I will buy a poutine at Smokes to celebrate. My condolences to the Smokes family.