John Joseph Smith
June 4, 1927 – October 9, 2021
John passed away peacefully at his home on October 9, 2021 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Peggy, son Patrick, daughter-in-law Kathy, and two granddaughters Siobhan and Fiona, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Patrick and Elizabeth; his 5 siblings: Tommy, Pappy, Matt, Kevin and Kathleen; and many close friends.
John was born and raised on a farm in County Cavan, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1948. He started his life in the US working on a farm run by Catholic nuns in New Jersey. During the Korean War, he served in the Army with distinction on the front lines, was wounded, and received the Purple Heart. He always believed his Catholic faith helped him survive. After the war, John eventually made his way to San Francisco where he settled and made his life. He joined his uncle in running a tavern on the bustling SF Waterfront where he encountered many colorful characters.
It is in SF that he met his loving wife, Peggy, of 61 years and raised his family. Over the years he enjoyed following the Giants and 49ers as well as fishing trips from San Francisco all the way to Alaska. But most of all he enjoyed being around family, especially his granddaughters.
He always had a twinkle in his eye and a light heart.
Private services were held. If desired, any donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Oct. 13 to Oct. 24, 2021.