ST. ALBANS BAY: John R. Smith, age 65, passed away at his home Monday, December 13th 2021.
John is survived by his wife Julie (LeClair), his children Erin Smith (Benjamin Cullen), Eric Smith (Danielle Marie), his brother Robert M. Smith (Denise Smith), brothers-in-law David LeClair (Melody), Mark LeClair (Susan) Chris LeClair (Stephanie), sister-in-law Kim Chevalier (Tom), Lisa Coolum (Pete), and Jennifer Trayah (Chris). John had a special bond with each of his grandchildren Cooper, Ryleigh and Laini, who will greatly miss their PA, and we will all miss him more than words can say.
John grew up in Saint Albans where he attended Holy Angels and graduated from BFA St. Albans in 1974. He retired after 40 years as head of maintenance at Champlain Cable and also catered for Bob Santini throughout the years.
John was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #1 and could be found in his younger days snowmobiling (he had the need for speed), ice fishing, and loved to hunt and spend time at the Benson deer camp in Montgomery. John enjoyed his annual camping trips to Burton Island with family, mowing his lawn to perfection and puttering around the yard (mostly to find the perfect place to hide next eclectic object). He insisted he could easily win a game of Jeopardy against Ken Jenner and could likely recite every Perry Mason & Western made.
Anyone who knew John could appreciate his dry sense of humor. He was a man of few words, often standing back quietly and then hitting the group with a one liner. His insight was one of a kind, and you could always count on him for honest advice. He had a great appreciation for good music, good conversation and watching his birds at the feeder.
John was predeceased by his parents Robert & Kathleen Smith, his in-laws Richard P. & Marilyn LeClair, his sister, Susan; and several special friends including Matt Brigham.
There will be a celebration of life this Sunday, December 19th, 2021 at the American Legion, 100 Parah Drive in St. Albans. Come as you are or in your camouflage in honor of John’s love for hunting.
Honored to be serving the Smith family is the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com