Smith, John 'Jack'

Smith, John 'Jack'

January 17th, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by family at Victoria Hospital on Sunday, January 17, 2016, John (Jack) A. Smith, in his 82nd year.  Beloved husband and best friend for 53 years to Eleanor.  Greatest Dad to Cathy and Mark Reeves and Paul and Kelly Smith.  Awesome Pop to Matthew and Lucas, Meagan (Chris) and Justin (Mary).  Great-grandfather to baby Jackson.  Son-in-law of Florence Wright.  Dear brother of Don and Dolly, Reg and Judy, Roy and Betty and Jerry and Diane.  Predeceased by brothers Ken, Harold, Bob and Frank.  Also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews.  After 42 years at the London Free Press, Jack enjoyed his 21 years of retirement – many of those years working as a starter at the Highland Golf and Country Club.  The Leafs have lost one of their most loyal fans!  Many thanks to nurse Jenn and the many other nurses and doctors who provided excellent care.  Cremation has taken place.  As per Jack’s request, there will be no funeral.  A visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London.  If desired, donations to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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Linda and Huck NortonEleanor: We will miss Jack tremendously and smile with gratitude about the many years we spent with you both. He was a terrific guy - but I know there is a star shining a little brighter now. Love ya
Pat GregoryAunt Eleanor and Family: So sorry to hear about Uncle Jack's passing. I was so glad I had got to see him this summer and spend a little time chatting with him. I will cherish the memories spent at your home at Christmas and family gatherings. Love you all Pat
phil and donna wright (gosso)Eleanor: We sure will miss Jack!! From his little sayings , his songs and his talents. What a guy! he sure was amazing when you needed him to measure and hang something , right to the "T" . He was always there if you needed him for anything!! He was more than a husband and a father, he was every ones friend! We sure were glad to have visited him a few times in the hospital, we were reminissing about the times we had spent at your house on different occasions . One was how us three kids [ Diane, Wayne and I ] enjoyed Christmas for so many years . well the memories will go on and on, we will never fore get ! Love Phil and Donna
Tony and Sharon MartensThinking of you. Lots of happy memories love Tony and Sharon
Lindsay, Trevor, Sean and Jake I know I can speak on my brothers behalf and say we will miss "uncle" Jack, trick or treating and seeing his smiling face!!
Bobbie Vormittag and Paul TisdelleDear Eleanor and family: Deeply saddened to read of Jack's passing. We will all miss that smiling face no matter what the problem was. Such a great guy. We are in Fla. so unable to attend your gathering. Our deepest condolences to the family. Bobbie and Paul
Liz RankinTo say I am so sorry Eleanor would be a gross understatement. Jack was an amazing guy who encouraged me to retire because I "would wonder how I ever found the time to work" and he was so right. He never knew how much those words meant to me. I retired. Jack was never too busy to share his time. Chats on the lawn were a highlight of my Shawn's day and even when Shawn got sick, Jack brightened his day. I could go on, but no, suffice it to say that although you can't see it now, things will get easier.
Rjeanne & Maurice FortinDear Eleanor & Family, It is with great sadness that we found out of Jack's passing. He was the best neighbour anyone can have. We will miss his smile, his sense of humor and the many chats we had on his impeccable lawn. Sincere condolences to you and your family.
Rick & Sarah PeroEleanor & Family Jack will be sadly missed by all of the Professional Shop staff here at Highland Country Club. He was truly a great team member to work with. I enjoyed our "chats" about life and family and whatever else was going on in the world. A great fellow employee and a good friend. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Florence WrightTo Eleanor : I will miss Jack very much!!! With Love from your Mom -- Florence Wright
Joan Powell (nee Clinchy)To Eleanor & Family: You may not remember me, but I used to work at the London Free Press in the Accounting Department (with Eva Britton), so I knew Jack from there. I used to see you sometimes. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your Loss. Jack was a very friendly and nice person. He always greeted you with a smile. With Kind Regards - Joan.
Fujii FamilyTo Cathy, Mark, Lucas, Matthew & Eleanor: We were so very saddened to hear of Jack's passing. The photo is exactly as we remember him - always smiling. With sincere condolences - Linda, Jon & family
Doug & Vicki McConnellEl, Smitty, Cath & entire family - we are heart broken to hear the news of Jack's passing. He was without a doubt one of the best human beings that we have ever met. It was a privilege to have known him & we have some great memories we will cherish. We'll have to now make a call to heaven when we want to ask Jack about Spanish Rummoli rules. All the best to everyone and our thoughts and prayers to you. Love Doug & Vicki
Marion FordDear Eleanor and all your family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I enjoyed our little visits in the Cherry hill Mall as Jack always had a smile. He was a great gentleman and he will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Take care, sincerely Marion Ford
Clive and Marilyn BowdenWe are so sorry to hear about Jack. We have good memories from curling days at the Ivanhoe with Jack and his friends. Quinton Road won't be the same without his smiling face and friendly wave. He always had a funny story and loved to chat when we ran into him. He'll be missed - a true gentleman!!
george webbEleanor: We were saddened to here of Jack's passing. Please accept our deepest sympothy. you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult. George and Sandy Webb
John WilliamsEleanor, Cathy, Paul and family. I just wanted to pass along my deepest sympathies and condolences. John Williams and family
Lynn and Gary GuyEleanor, We were very saddened to hear of Jack's passing. His kindness, sense of humour and genuine friendliness will truly be missed by everyone. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult and heartbreaking time.
Wally PittEleanor - So very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. Wally Pitt
Craig HolmesSorry to hear of your loss, Mark and Cathy. I recall enjoying watching baseball games with the four of you.
Ron Fenney On behalf of my brother Ken, Richard Cowburn and I , ( Jack's former Oakridge paper boys from the 60's) you have lost a great man. Being our supervisor we always knew we had to be the best and Jack brought out the best in us. Meeting Jack again at Highland it was fun to get together and tell stories of our younger years. We will all miss Jack. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Ron Fenney
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