John Smiley

John M Smiley Jr.

Wednesday April 14, 2021
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John M. Smiley Jr

Wilmington and Lewes - Jack, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Jack grew up in Newport where he was a 1968 graduate of Conrad High School. He then graduated from the University of Delaware. Jack retired after 40 years from St. Marks High School where he taught economics, world history and coached football. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, his dogs and sports. Jack loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John M. Smiley Sr and Eleanor Freed Smiley and his sister, Christine Smiley.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Suzanne D. Smiley; his step son, John A. Sensing (Caroline); his step daughter, Elizabeth S. Sensing; and his three grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 am on Monday, April 26 at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 101 Old Kennett Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807.

Contributions in Jack's memory may be made to Lab Rescue LRCP, P.O. Box 1814 Annandale, VA 22003.

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Kathleen Thomson Jeschke

Posted at 11:11pm
Hi Suzanne...
So sorry to hear about Jack's untimely passing. He was dearly loved by my brother, Joe, and our entire family. Jack certainly lived up to his last name "Smiley" as we could always count on him for his laughter and good humor. We all have fond memories of fun times spent with the Thomson family, especially the golf outings in Bethany Beach honoring my Dad.
My heart goes out to you and your family...May your years of wonderful memories comfort you and remember how much you were loved by Mr. "always" Smiley and will always be loved by those who were blessed to call him "friend".
With our love and prayers...Kathie & Curt Jeschke

Diane Kuczmarski

Posted at 02:43pm
Suzanne and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I have many great memories of my first years at Saint Mark's as the Athletic Trainer for the football team and Jack as the Head Coach, as well as teaching colleagues. He was always very kind, generous, fun to be around, and a great all around person. I am sure he will be greatly missed by your family. I send hugs, prayers and many thoughts to you and your family.
In Sympathy,
Diane Kuczmarski

Cathy McCullar

Posted at 01:17pm
We wanted to express our deepest sympathy to Mrs Smiley aka "Frau" and the entire Smiley family. We were part of the St Marks family and both Mr Smiley and Mrs Smiley taught our kids. We have such fond memories of you both and thank you for providing the kind of education we hoped we would receive at St Marks. We are all thinking and praying for you all. The McCullar family, Pat, Cathy, John, Erin, & Bryan

Craig Martin

Posted at 10:47am
What can you say when you lose your best friend of 56 years? Jack, my “brother,” you have left a hole in my heart that is huge. I will try to fill it with the hundreds of memories of events and adventures we shared through the years, and keep you in my heart forever. I will always miss you dearly. Craig Martin

Joe Thomson

Posted at 02:37pm
Rest in Peace my "Big Brother" who taught us all how to love unconditionally. You are one of my Mt. Rushmore guys !.
We spent many good times together - hold the fort down until we get the foursome back together :) I will miss you but keep you in my heart

Joe T.

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