John R. Smith passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the age of 70. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen Price Smith, and cherished children Cheryl, Eric, and Jason Smith. He is also survived by his brothers Robert and Danny Smith and his sisters Judy Babin and Kathleen Smith. He is the son of the late Robert K. Smith and Catherine Peter Smith. He was a loving and generous husband and father, brother and son, and Uncle John to many wonderful nieces and nephews. He served in the Navy before attending UNO and Loyola. A member of the Musician's Union and the Piano Technician's Guild, he played bass at The House of Zen, The famous Door, Maison Bourbon, Royal Sonesta, La Strada and Commander's Palace to name a few. As a piano technician, he turned pianos for Hall Piano Company, Pat O' Brien, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and many more. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at Garden of Memories, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, La. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation starts at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered www.gardenofmemoriesfuneralhome.com.
Published by The New Orleans Advocate from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2013.