Mr. John Christopher Smik
July 30, 1963 – February 27, 2019
John Christopher Smik July 30, 1963 - February 27, 2019 John "Chris" Smik, age 55, Son of John and Nancy Smik, passed away Wednesday morning, February 27 at Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, FL A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church in Plant City on Thursday March 14 at 11:00 a.m. The Family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Church. Interment will occur the following day at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens in Brandon, FL.
Chris was born in Orlando, FL and spent a normal, energetic life until at age 10, he had an accident. Our family watched as a miracle unfolded as Chris grew into a man with special needs. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening and time spent with his sisters, Debbie, Cheryl and Nancy, as well as all family members. Chris was always cheerful and gracious, touching the lives of many by his example of selflessness, bravery and positive outlook on life.
Eleven years ago, Chris experienced a second accident that left him a quadriplegic. The road got rougher, but his outlook and determination to improve remained firm. He was an eager and active participant in Special Boy Scout Troop 399 in Brandon and enjoyed his time with this group of handicapped men. It was a joy to be in his company. His death ended months of suffering and physical deterioration.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ridgeland Provider Services, Inc. 2504 Culbreath Cove Ct., Valrico FL, 33596, who provided a caring group home environment for him for the last six years.
- Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019
Mr. John Christopher Smik
March 13, 2019
John, Nancy and Family,
Our deepest condolences with the passing of Chris. I have fond memories of his positive spirit, his smile and his laugh. Our best to you all as you get through this tough time. Wish you all peace and strength.
Love, John and Jill Boland
March 10, 2019
John and Nancy, we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. The pictures were amazing. Such a handsome young man who looked so much like his dad. Just knowing that he is now singing with the angels must bring you such comfort. You were blessed to have him in your family. Sending you love and prayers.
March 7, 2019
Dear John and family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your son. May God grant you peace and comfort now and in the days and weeks to come. In some ways it seems a lifetime ago when I was with Xerox at Cocoa Beach, but the special memories of times and coworkers remain. I hope that precious memories of your son throughout his life will add to the comfort that God and His promises of being reunited with our loved ones brings.
Lyvonne and Gordon Burleson