John Burton ‘Jack’ Smith
John B. (Jack) Smith passed away peacefully at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on July 21, 2005. He was born to Angus and Vera Smith in April of 1933. Jack was a life long resident of Chesterville and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The many visitors, flowers, donations and cards are a tribute to the wonderful husband, father and grandfather that we loved so much.
Jack enjoyed a lengthy career that included positions with Roads Resurfacing in Chesterville, Eastern Breeders and a two-year term at Steinberg Motor Sales. Following this time frame he returned to road construction with the Three United Counties, leading him to the position of Road Foreman in the Winchester Springs Division. Throughout the last ten years of his career (1983-1993), before his retirement, he was Public Works Supervisor for the Village of Chesterville. There were many highlights throughout Jack’s career, the most important being all of the people he met along the way – many of whom remained friends long past the term of his employment. Jack enjoyed the last eleven winters of his life in St. Petersburg, FL.
He was predeceased by his parents and will be lovingly remembered by his wife Lois of 49 years. He will be sadly missed by his son Kevin (Kathy Ziebell) of Pickering, and his daughter Lorraine Giesbrecht (Peter) of Kemptville. Cherished grandfather of Brad and Jenna Smith, and Meghan and Logan Giesbrecht. He is also survived by 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 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted by Mary Lou Shortill at Trinity United Church in Chesterville on July 25, 2005. Eulogies were given by his good friends Charlie Graham and Tom Lee, and by his four grandchildren.
Acting pallbearers were his nephews, Stephen Droppo, Donnie McDermid, Mark and Craig Smith, David Byers and Troy McMillan. Honorary pallbearers were Gordon MacIntyre, Garry Smith, Bob Miltimore, Neil MacMillan, Lyle Merkley and Garnet Droppo. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery.