In Memory

Jack Smith

Jack Smith

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08/20/09 02:45 PM #1    

Tom (Dorrel Thomas) Hanks (Jr. )

Jack--latterly known as "Curran," his first name--and I wrote back and forth several times during his last year. He knew he was facing death by cancer, and discussed that both clinically and dispassionately. He didn't like to leave his four boys, and he didn't like to leave his profession, but he didn't fuss: quietly courageous, was Jack.

After I wrote to Jack that I had taken to riding a motorcycle, he replied, "Don't you know that we are much too old to be riding motorcycles?" He was writing from an area in Vancouver, BC, called "Desolation Sound." Sounds bad--but he was having a vacation with his four sons, and it sounded as if he was determined to get in every possible moment of fun with his children.

I miss him, as surely does everyone who knew him.

09/18/09 09:24 AM #2    

Pat Crone

I became acquainted for the FIRST time, via, with the penpal I knew as CURRAN (I usually referred to him as CURRANJACK)! We enjoyed a SPIRITED dialogue back-and-forth in the last two years of his remaining time. The preferred topics were usually films, parenting, cooking, yard-work...and Irish ancestry. I greatly miss all that, but quite glad we got acquainted - and wish him PEACE....

09/13/11 08:19 PM #3    

Connie Pauls (Witmer)

He will always be Jack to me. Jack's parents and mine were friends. They lived in our neighborhood and I rode to Parkview with Jack, so I didn't have to ride the bus from Brentwood. My son Dan was on his way to Camp LaJuene and was held over in Seattle, so I suggested that he call Jack, and they met for a cup of coffee. I considered Jack to be a true friend.

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