It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of a wonderful man, loving father and devoted husband, Urban Boutin. His gentle ways and kind disposition will surely be sorely missed by all those who knew him.
We take comfort in the words of Kahlil Gibran; “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
Urban had Canadian roots and coincidentally he left us on Canada Day. As a young man he was fortunate to vacation in Florida during a cold Canadian winter and from that moment on Fort Lauderdale beach, while feeling the warmth the sun, his goal was set. He would live in Florida one day. Urban was a determined man and successful in real estate and investing which allowed him to attain his goal to immigrate to Fort Lauderdale before his 45th birthday. His life in Florida was everything he imagined but for one thing, finding that one great love that few ever experience.
The day that fate allowed his life to cross paths with the beautiful and amazing Diane Smith, he set another goal, one much more difficult that would require much more than business acumen. Urban used his looks, charm and engaging spirit plus everything else he could think of including many road trips until he successfully captured the heart of the love of his life.
Urban saw his four children and 2 step children become successful adults and he was “Pop” and “Grandpa Florida” and “Granddaddy” to 10 grandchildren who he cherished.
Urban and Diane lived a truly exciting and active life together for 28 years and all the while building a successful Real Estate business here in Fort Myers. They made their home in an amazingly warm and welcoming community of Gulf Harbour which gave them much comfort and allowed them the joy of making wonderful friendships. Urban and Diane shared a love story and a life that very few couples are blessed to have. It was full of tremendous love, romance, joy, laughter, dancing and time with family and friends.
This quote by Vivian Greene accurately describes their outlook on life; “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.”
We hope you had a chance to meet Urban and if you did we would be honored if you would please write a note or tell a story of a favorite encounter or any pleasant memory or picture of him in the Tribute Wall tab.
Urban is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Diane, his son John and wife Rosemary, his daughter Lise and her husband Jeff, and his daughter Natalie and her husband Sean. He is also survived by Diane's children, Michelle and her husband Jay and Diane's son Brian. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren; Brendon, Adam, Christine, Robert, Cora, Hudson, Ranger, Noah, Adam, and Lia.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diane.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for www.sunshinekids.org.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Urban in mid August. For more details contact