Jack Smith

Jack Smith, Nov. 14, 1954 - Apr. 21, 2007


Jack Smith was a friend of mine. In the time since I delivered the eulogy at his funeral, many people have told me Jack stories that affiim my belief that he was a friend to many, and that many people have Jack stories to tell.

In my eulogy, I expressed the hope that all of Jack's friends and family would tell a story and raise a glass to my friend Jack. There has been no shortage of raised glasses. This page exists to facilitate the telling of stories.

Send your Jack stories to me and I'll post them to this page.

Kelly Monster Remembers

Well my friend Tom, there are many who could definitely recount myriads of stories involving their time with Jack, and this page on your website is a wonderful idea, I am certain that the hundreds of pages missing are simply because everyone who means to write them, would rather recount them over a cocktail or two. While I am one who could, and has been known to, put many words to a story, particularly over a cocktail or two, I’ll try to keep this short. Herein, I submit my Jack story…

"there are places I remember-er-er…"
Yep, that's right - Beatles
(not in any particular order)

  • Port Dover
  • Ottawa
  • The Beach, any Beach
  • Road Trip
  • Drambuie
  • Singing
  • Darts
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • St. Patrick’s day
  • Flatman
  • Gittem, showem

That’s it, that’s my stories, heehee. Jack was a private man and so, by example, some of mine will only be recounted over cocktails with mutual friends, most only quietly, privately, remembered, but none ever written. I will say that these words conjure up some of the best, the most inspiring and just downright happy times of my life. They can bring me to tears of laughter, and to selfish tears of sadness in his absence, they bring clarity and joy to my mind and heart…that I was lucky enough to have met, and to love, this wonderful hulk of a human being. Jackman. One of few words, and when spoken, clear, concise and straight to the point. If the words stung a little you deserved it, if they embraced you, you deserved it, and cherished them.

Thank you Jackman, you live on in my heart, and in my soul, always.
I know you hear me, and I know you’re watching
Simply, Kelly Monster

Kelly, Oct. 25, 2008

Jack Immortalized in Technical Documentation

I don't believe I ever told Jack this one, or anyone else for that matter, but I have frequently used his name in my technical writing. When I describe a technical procedure, I often have to create a user to carry out that procedure. "Jack Smith" is about as generic a name as anyone could imagine, so in many of the documents I've written over the years, you can see login boxes containing Jack's name. So if you're reading a technical manual some day (though, of course, nobody does) and you see Jack's name, it might not be a coincidence.

Tom Woodhead, Nov. 14, 2007

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