North Reading — John W. “Smitty” Smith , 88, of North Reading and formerly of Reading, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 7, of natural causes and was surrounded by his family.
Born in Reading on July 18,1924. He was the son of the late James and Sylvia (Babine) Smith. He was raised and attended school in Reading. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was a sergeant and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and American Theater Campaigns, he served from 1943 to 1946.
He was a businessman and a 50 year resident of North Reading. He owned and operated two service stations, Smitty’s Gulf Station and Smitty’s Texaco Station, both located on Main Street. John was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club and a Charter Member of the Loyal Order of Moose.
John loved cars and tools, he was an avid Patriot and Red Sox fan. He enjoyed reading various newspapers and watching TV in his later years. He was known to be easy going, he loved people and animals, he had a great sense of humor, he enjoyed yard work and was always young at heart. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren, Jason and Suzy.
Family members include his loving wife of 69 years, Filomena (D’ Ambrosio) Smith; his children, Phyllis Dalby and her husband Clive of Andover and Gary Smith of North Reading; sisters, Gladys Cassiola of Reading and Ruth Bougoise of Wakefield; he was the brother of the late James Smith, Jr., Isabelle Deniso, Pearl Beighley and Doris O’Rouke; cherished grandchildren, Suzanne Holland of Chicago and Jason Smith of Florida; great-granddaughter, Jasmine Smith of Florida; step-grandson, Julian Dalby of North Andover and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. croswellfuneralhome.com
Visiting hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, October 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt.62), North Reading. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.