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John Edward Smith

John Edward Smith, age 45, passed away at the Kline Hospice House early Wednesday morning, May 22, 2013 after more than two years battling incurable brain cancer.

He leaves behind his loving wife Sabrina, and their three beautiful children: Aiden 7, Cecilia 4, and Neil 2, as well as his devoted parents Bob and Tracey Smith. His Aunt Chris, cousins Kelly and Carlee, as well as his Uncle Rob and countless friends and athletes around the world will also hold him in their hearts.

John was inducted into the local Alvin G. Quinn Frederick County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. His passionate career as a diver, trampolinist, coach, and motivational speaker spanned more than 25 years, as he dedicated his life to inspiring everyone he met. A superhero to his wife and children, the founder of the local Frederick Area Divers (or FAD), John was a man who always had a laugh, a story, who sought to "Explore and Inspire", and who will live forever in the hearts of many.

There will not be a funeral, but a two part celebration of his life at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Frederick, 4880 Elmer Derr Road starting on Saturday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m. This day will have time for family and friends to share stories and say a somewhat formal goodbye. The next day, Sunday June 2, long-time friends of the Smith's will be putting on a fund raising show at 12:30 called "Mutts Gone Nuts", allowing those who knew and loved John the chance to laugh together as he would have wanted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either to the UUCF where John and Sabrina found a loving extended family over the past several years, or to the Patty Pollatos Fund in his name.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on May 25, 2013
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