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John Melvin Smith, Jr.

September 22, 1974 August 25, 2018
John  Melvin Smith, Jr.
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Obituary for John Melvin Smith, Jr.

John was born September 22, 1974 in Southfield, Michigan to John Melvin and Wilma R. Smith, Sr. He died August 25, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital at the age of 43.

John was the beloved husband of 11 years to Lizz Giuffrida Smith .

John attended Pitcher Elementary School, Taft Middle School and Renaissance High School. John went on to attend Northern Michigan University for three years in Marquette Michigan. He loved EVERY minute of his college days. John's parents were both Educators/Administrators with Detroit Public Schools and made sure he received the best education.

It’s obvious to EVERYONE who knew John....that he was raised by an amazing family. He had constant love and support from his family.

If you met John once or knew him for decades......he changed you. John made all of us wanting to be better people. That smile or silly laugh could fix anything that ailed you. Saying he was infectious......does not even begin to explain his powers.

He not only made friends where ever he went.....he made life long friends.
If you met John or knew him....you instantly fell in love with him. Besides his love of people....his love of sports was unparelled. He could tell you who won 1958 Curling Champion Game....and what their uniforms looked like.

Over the years John worked for Paychecks, Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, Fox Sports and Henry Ford Hospital. He was SO proud of the time he spent at Fox Sports as Production Assistant. Those game days....were some of the happiest times of his life. The way he described being in the truck or on the field "miking" up a player.....brought him unbelievable joy. He moved on again to work for the Matt Prentice Restaurant Group which gave him yet another giant group of family and friends.

His reputation followed him to Henry Ford Hospital....where another group of entire strangers completely fell in love with him.

His devotion to his family and friends will never be matched again by another human. His capacity to give love and joy on a daily basis was in his DNA. The only ill feelings he had in his heart was directed at Ohio State University when played the final season game with the University of Michigan and any type of octopus or squid.

The only way to accurately explain John…...is a perfect exquisite gift. All of us THOUGHT we knew how lucky we were to know and “experience” John. And trust me it was ALWAYS an experience. But now that light is gone…...we are completely breathless. He knows his soul and spirit have touched us….and he will hope we keep that FIGHT SONG going in everything we do, every day. Spartans this means you to.

Hail hail John Smith…..you will always be our precious gift.

He is survived by his wife Lizz ,other love (dog) Mabel Mae, his parents John and Wilma Smith, Sr., his sister Sheilene (Milan Burdette) Smith Burdette and his brother Phillip (Sapphira) Smith, Sr.. He is uncle of Phillip Smith, Jr., Isaiah Smith, Azira Azizuddin, Miliyah Burdette Adrianna Burdette, Henry Burch, Kaitlyn Heft, Alexandra Heft and Jack Heft. Son in law of the late Sheila Giuffrida and Richard Giuffrida. Brother in law of Meg (Paul Burch) Giuffrida. He is also survived by his dearest friends Stephanie and Ken Heft, Sivad Davis, James and Jennifer Cawthorne, Rachel Waynick, Lizz’s aunt and uncle Donna & Butchie Savoia along with an infinite amount of other extended family members and loving friends.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Friday 3 PM. Friends may visit Friday 11 AM until time of service. Memorials to the Michigan Pug Rescue or Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Michigan Chapter (SCDAAMI) appreciated.

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Visitation

Friday

31

Aug

11:00 AM 8/31/2018 11:00:00 AM - 3:00 PM 8/31/2018 3:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Service

Friday

31

Aug

3:00 PM 8/31/2018 3:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Michigan Pug Rescue

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Michigan Chapter (SCDAAMI)

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