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John W. Smith (Syracuse, NY and Lake Helen, FL). An honorable and generous man passed from this life to the next on May 14, 2013. He was born on July 22, 1923 to the late Margie and John M. Smith. He was also pre-deceased by two brothers, Dick and Bob; three sisters, Arlene, Margaret and Shirley; and two wives, Monnie and Helen. He served his country as a proud Marine, fighting honorably in the Pacific including, Guadal Canal, the 2nd battle of Midway, Bouganville and then as a radio gunner in a DBM. After the war he married Marjorie "Monnie" Costigan. They moved to Nedrow, NY in 1953. He was a member of the Syracuse Fire Dept. for 20 years, reaching the rank of Captain. He then managed the Syracuse Fire Fighters Employees Federal Credit Union for the next 15 years. He fully retired and moved to Florida in 1985. After the death of "Monnie", he married Helen Fox and they continued their life in Lake Helen. Miss Helen passed in 2011. He is survived by his children, Phillip M. Smith; wife, Chris; and grandchildren, Nick and Meghan; his daughter, Jacqueline E. Bowers; sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Liverpool; along with several nieces and nephews; children of Helen, Bob, Janice, Marilyn and Evelyn; along with the many friends in Lake Helen, Syracuse and Elmira, NY. Jack, or Moe as he was known, enjoyed life, loved Florida and was a great support, confidant and friend to his children. He will be missed. The family would like to thank Dr. Dait for attending to his needs, and all the personnel on 4A at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for their kindness, compassion and professionalism during his stay. A special thanks to Care First for all their help after he came home. If anyone is able, please send a donation in Jack's name to, Care First, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 16, 2013