Winchester Press – obit – John Burton ‘Jack’ SmithJohn Burton ‘Jack’ Smith John B. (Jack) Smith passed awaypeacefully at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on July21, 2005. He was born to Angus and Vera Smith in April of 1933.Jack was a life long resident of Chesterville and will be greatlymissed by all who knew him. The many visitors, flowers, donationsand cards are a tribute to the wonderful husband, father and grandfatherthat we loved so much.
Jack enjoyed a lengthy career that included positions with RoadsResurfacing in Chesterville, Eastern Breeders and a two-year termat Steinberg Motor Sales. Following this time frame he returnedto road construction with the Three United Counties, leading himto the position of Road Foreman in the Winchester Springs Division.Throughout the last ten years of his career (1983-1993), beforehis retirement, he was Public Works Supervisor for the Villageof Chesterville. There were many highlights throughout Jack’scareer, the most important being all of the people he met alongthe way – many of whom remained friends long past the term ofhis employment. Jack enjoyed the last eleven winters of his lifein St. Petersburg, FL.
He was predeceased by his parents and will be lovingly rememberedby his wife Lois of 49 years. He will be sadly missed by his sonKevin (Kathy Ziebell) of Pickering, and his daughter LorraineGiesbrecht (Peter) of Kemptville. Cherished grandfather of Bradand Jenna Smith, and Meghan and Logan Giesbrecht. He is also survivedby his brothers Carl (Muriel), Bill (Bev), and Lyle (Sandra),all of Chesterville, and his sisters June McDermid (Lyal) of Berwick,Ann McMillan (Rony), Erva Droppo (the late Murray), and Jean Byers(the late Stuart), all of Chesterville, as well as numerous niecesand nephews.
Funeral services were conducted by Mary Lou Shortill at TrinityUnited Church in Chesterville on July 25, 2005. Eulogies weregiven by his good friends Charlie Graham and Tom Lee, and by hisfour grandchildren.
Acting pallbearers were his nephews, Stephen Droppo, Donnie McDermid,Mark and Craig Smith, David Byers and Troy McMillan. Honorarypallbearers were Gordon MacIntyre, Garry Smith, Bob Miltimore,Neil MacMillan, Lyle Merkley and Garnet Droppo.
Interment follwed at Maple Ridge Cemetery.