John Francis Smith
John Francis (Jack) Smith, 85, formerly of Williamsport, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease.
Born May 15, 1928, in Mount Carmel, he was the son of the late Francis and Sophie (Kolesky) Smith.
Jack was a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, where he played football.
Jack married the former Rose Fruet, from Atlas and in 1950 the couple moved to Muncy where they worked at the Weldon Manufacturing Company producing pajamas for high end department stores throughout the country. Jack became the general manager when the company moved to a larger facility in Williamsport. During his career, he was involved with production, design, sales and manufacturing logistics, also with responsibilities in the Puerto Rico production site. One of his favorite career highlights was consulting to the movie industry for the making of “Pajama Game” starring Doris Day, depicting characters in the pajama manufacturing business.
For many years, Jack and his wife cared for his mother-in-law, his aunts and several other family members needing attention or assistance. He was a faithful Catholic, serving St. Ann’s parish as a Eucharistic minister. During the 1950’s he worked diligently to help the newly established Church of the Resurrection in Muncy. Jack was an active member of the Kiwanis Club in Williamsport and was an ardent fan of the Little League Baseball. Since 2006 he and Rose have lived in Annandale, Va.
In addition to his wife, the love of his life, Jack is survived by his sister-in-law, Theresa Fruet; his niece and guardian, Christine Chaisson; his nephews, Bill Smith, Kenny Smith, James Duggan, David Duggan and Stephen Duggan; his nieces, Cindy Hoag, Lori Smith and their spouses and children.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy.
Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville. Friends are welcomed to join the family at his Mass, interment and thereafter a celebratory luncheon at Orlando’s Restaurant in Muncy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts of sympathy and remembrance be directed to the Little League Foundation, P.O. Box 3485, Williamsport, PA 17701 or online at www.littleleague.org, the Williamsport Kiwanis Club online at www.pakiwanis.org or the National Parkinson Foundation, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite 208, South Lobby, Falls Church, VA 22043 or online at www.parkinson.org.
The family appreciates the assistance of the staff at Grenoble’s for facilitating these arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com.