Joseph S. Smyth - Satellite Beach - Colonel Joseph S. Smyth (USAF Retired), 50, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2009 at his home in Satellite Beach after a courageous battle with cancer. Joe retired from the USAF in July 2005 and took a position as Vice President of Tanker Operations for the Europe an Aeronautic Defense and Space Company North America (EADS-NA) in Melbourne. During his distinguished Air Force career, Joe held key leadership positions in many leading-edge and challenging assignments. He performed extensive weapon testing and analyses of all major missile and munitions systems at Eglin AFB, FL. A graduate of the prestigious USAF Test Pilot School, he then served as a Flight Test Engineer and Chief Engineer for the F-117 Stealth Fighter Program. In addition, he was the Deputy for Engineering at the E-8C Joint STARS Combined Test Force in Melbourne; Lead Flight Test Engineer for the Joint Advanced Strike Technology Program (Joint Strike Fighter); and the Chief Engineer for the X-32 prototype aircraft development program. He was also assigned as Division Chief for Airborne and Command and Control Radar Systems at the Pentagon and then advanced to be the Material Group Director for the E-10 Multisensory Command and Control Aircraft (MC2A) Program at Hanscom AFB, MA. Joe is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sharie T. Smyth; his stepmother, Marguerite H. (Molly) Chandler of Orlando, FL; sister, Elizabeth S. Rambin of Covington, LA; brother, James Glenn Smyth of San Antonio, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph C. Smyth and his mother, Audrey M. Smyth. The world has lost a truly wonderful man. We take our solace in knowing the lives he touched and the lasting influence and impact he had on us all. A memorial service and mass will be held at the Patrick AFB Seaside Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2009, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. Guests are asked to enter the base through the main gate. All are welcome to also stop by the house afterwards to celebrate his life. Interment with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on January 15, 2010, preceded by a service at the Arlington Chapel at 12:45 p.m. A reception will follow at the home of his sister-in-law, Patricia T. Fuldner in Bethesda, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for donations to be made in his name to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation (www.moffitt.org/donations) whose staff strove so hard to help him in his fight. They are truly remarkable people. Arrangements are under the direction of Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home in Merritt Island, FL.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Nov. 8, 2009