OBITUARY

John Bernard Smith

17 September , 195431 January , 2019
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John Bernard Smith Jr.

It is with a profound sense of loss we announce the death of John Bernard Smith Jr., 64, of Dartmouth, on January 31, 2019 at the Palliative Care Unit of the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. A beloved husband, father, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, John died embraced by love.

Born in Halifax on September 17, 1954, John was the son of the late John ("Jack") Smith and Elizabeth ("Betty") (Clarke) Smith of Halifax. John was also predeceased by his dear brother, Stephen Peter Smith.

John grew up in Halifax's north end and in his early years discovered the joy of running. He loved sports including marathon running and became a familiar sight in Point Pleasant Park running daily for many years happily accompanied by his two devoted German Shepherds Kora and Tara. John was a member of the Atlantic Karate Club and earned a third-degree black belt. John also spent many hours pool-side during his children’s swimming careers, cheering them on and volunteering many hours to local swim meets in New Brunswick.

John loved people and truly enjoyed his work at the Casino Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He previously worked for Confederation Life Insurance in Halifax and Toronto and at the Halifax Herald during his career. Career aside, John was devoted to family and considered his two children his greatest accomplishment.

John is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Sherry (McCracken) Smith and their two children, Dr. Marisa Elizabeth Smith, South Bend, Indiana and Peter Stephen Smith of Dartmouth. John will be greatly missed by his extended family, Dwight McCracken, Heather McCracken, Shirley McCracken and Deborah McCracken-Slaunwhite. Along with many nieces and nephews John leaves behind numerous cousins including a few who were like siblings to him: Tena (Galpin) Boudreau of Ottawa, Bertha Galpin-Nicholson and Alice Galpin of Halifax.

Visitation will be at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm where a Celebration of life will also take place on Monday, February 4 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your own choosing.

Special thanks to the nurses at the Victoria General Hospital for their care and support over the last six months. These folks are the heroes we hope we never have to call on.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, 3 February , 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, 3 February , 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, 4 February , 2019
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John Bernard Smith

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Arron Griffiths

6 February 2019


Dear John,

The first time we meet in Paris I know you where a man with a big heart. I was a little anxious to meet the father on my wonderful Marisa, as she had told me how much of a role you played in her life and who you were the support for all her achievements. In that very little time together in Paris, I knew I had found a kindred spirit in some ways. Especial on our little walk back to the appointment in Paris, where we talked about your life, loves and dogs.

I wish we had more time together, as I wanted you to teach me all about America football, just like you taught so many others. Sadly it was not meant to be, which great sadness to my heart. But in your memory, I will start watching the Patriots and class them as "my" team ^_^. I'll always look at this Christmas (2018) as one of the best ones of life!

I hope you know that I deeply respected you, Marisa, Peter, and Sherry and that you also know that you also know that Ill do my utmost to love and support them now that you have departed.

It was a great honour to have played a small part in your long life, John.

You will be greatly missed.
Love Arron


Tena Boudreau

5 February 2019

September 2016

Tena Boudreau

5 February 2019

John and I and some friends were at a concert - July 1978.

Tena Boudreau

4 February 2019

This was his last birthday, September 2018.

Tena Boudreau

4 February 2019

My cousin John was the best cousin a girl could have. Here we are in 2016

Leslie Purchase

4 February 2019

I would like to extend my condolences to the family John was so proud of...I was only a customer of the casino but John and I had many chats...I just want you to know, that even while he was at work, his family was at the top of his list every moment - he absolutely beamed when talking about his wife and children...my deepest sympathies to you all. I'm sure he has left a huge empty space in your lives and I hope all your hearts heal well. I know it will take a long time.

Tena Boudreau

4 February 2019

June 1982 - John up on Citadel Hill

Tena Boudreau

4 February 2019

December 1982 - first couple weeks after meeting

Tena Boudreau

4 February 2019

June 1982 - John with his two German Shepard's Cora and Tara

Tena Boudreau

4 February 2019

June 1982 - John with his two German Shepard's Cora and Tara

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With Peter and Uncle Jim

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