John Douglas Smink, 57, lost a courageous fight with cancer in a local hospital on March 29, 2001 with his family by his side.
John graduated from Norview High School in 1962. He was an Air Force veteran, retired from
Saturday, April 7, 2001
Time: 2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
HARRY & LINDA WILKINSON posted on 4/3/01
May all the blessings of GOD be with the Smink family at this time.
Riccio Family posted on 4/4/01
Words cannot express the feeling of loss the entire Riccio family will feel. You were one of the nicest and kindest men we have ever met. You will be greatly missed by all of us.
Frances Craig posted on 4/3/01
What great fellow Johnny Smink was to have known. We were classmates at Norview and I very much enjoyed working on reunion committees with John.
Thank you to all family members for sharing John with all of us. You are in my prayers at this sad time for you.
Roy & Vivian Phelps posted on 4/4/01
We shall always remember John as a friend who was kind, cheerful, positive and could always make others feel great.
We remember John as a sharing person who would go the extra mile. Our Norview outings will have a void but will be enriched by John's cheerful spirit and memory.
Our sorrow goes out to his wife and family.
We all are richer for having known John and to interact with him in this life.
His cheerful spirit will now be enjoyed by the ages as he enriched all who knew him.
Robert & Linda Spannagel posted on 4/4/01
We have lost a true and dear friend. Our lives will forever be full through our association with John. John will be missed, but will live in our hearts forever.
Lora Baker Hott posted on 4/5/01
We have all lost a truly wonderful person. Our lives were all enriched from knowing him. He gave so much to outhers and asked so very little.
I will always miss you my dear friend.
Bob Swaim posted on 4/4/01
Sue and I will remember John for many fond reasons. I recall that he was known for his speed around Bldg LF-18 as he raced and beat more than one person who was greatly surprised by his footwork. Our condolences to Nancy and family.
Bob & Darlene Houston posted on 4/3/01
Rest well, old friend. We will always miss you.
Glenn Norman posted on 4/3/01
Naval Air Station
My sincere sympathy and condolences to the family.
Melanie Rice posted on 4/3/01
Nancy,I worked with you many years ago, and I remember what a great guy John was when he would stop by the Drs.office....just wanted to let you know of a garden I built,called Buff's Garden at 47th and Oceanfront Ave. Go visit sometime, it is dedicated to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. God bless you .
PAT REICHERT posted on 4/6/01
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WIH YOU.
LAURIE JOHNSON posted on 4/5/01
MR. SMINK AND MY FATHER, JOHN ZIRKLE WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS. I REMEMBER THAT THEY JOHN AND NANCY SPENT EVERY NEW YEAR'S EVE I CAN REMEMBER WITH MY PARENTS. HE WAS ALWAYS THE JOKESTER, MAKING MY SIBLINGS AND I LAUGH ALL THE TIME. EVEN MY 9 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HILARY GOT TO KNOW HIM AND LOVED HIM.
THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD WHO TRULY TOUCH LIVES, CHANGE PEOPLE, AND SPREAD LOVE AND CHEER...MR. SMINK WAS ONE OF THEM AND I AM BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM.
Robert T. Mayfield posted on 4/3/01
May your spirit dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
He touched everyone that knew him including myself.
A unselfish human being with a joke to make you laugh when your spirit was low.
May God bless you and your family.
Coy & Linda Howell posted on 4/7/01
May you have many wonderful memories to fill your life of a kind, generous,courageous and loving husband and father.
May God give you comfort during this difficult time.
May you feel the love and find comfort in knowing he had so many friends who cared about him.
Janice H. bAILEY posted on 4/4/01
May Johnny rest in peace. Hope the family will be ok knowing that he will no longer suffer. Let's all pray that a cure will be found for this horrible cancer. God bless you.
Gerald & Linda Strickland posted on 4/3/01
Both Gerry and I knew John and had such wonderful memories of him. We are both so sorry to hear of his passing. I'm sure your wonderful memories of John will keep him alive in your heart. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Ruth Heroux posted on 4/3/01
John was one of the sweetest men I've ever know. I sat next to him at NADEP and every day he would greet me with a big smile. He was always so friendly that everyone wanted to talk to him. When we found out John was ill, he wouldn't let us be sad but would cheer us up. He was a role model for all of us. He made our workplace a nice place to be. I remember after he had chemo and he lost his hair. John came in with a ballcap on. He thought we would all feel more comfortable if he kept it on. We told him to take it off and all the women kissed his head.
John was a wonderful man and I'm happy to have known him.
Nancy and Janelle, John talked about both of you all the time. We all felt that we knew you. John talked all the time about the grandkids also, and everyone got to share the pictures.
My prayers and thoughts go out to you, Nancy, and all your family.
Lesley Frank Greenberg posted on 4/14/01
John was fun and funny... He always had a warm and wonderful smile and we used to "cut up" in class... I know that he will be missed. and I am sure that he fought a good fight against his cancer. My heart goes to his family.
Peachie Mock posted on 4/6/01
John was a very special person and I'm so very glad I got to spend sometime with him these past months. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you, that God be close beside you and keep you in his care.
Carole & Roger Nelson posted on 4/3/01
John was a little man with a big heart and a great sense of humor. We feel privledged to have called him our friend for over 40 years. He fought long and hard over the last ll years with his wonderful Nancy at his side. John we will miss you.
Barbara Creekmore posted on 4/4/01
John was a great guy and a great classmate.
His classmates will truly miss him.
Wayne Lusk posted on 7/15/01
John was a good guy.
One of my biggest regrets in Life is that I couldn't spend more time with family and friends.
My Norview HS friends will always be close to me.
Connie Turner posted on 4/4/01
I worked with John at NADEP in the Supply Department. He always had a smile and was willing to help everyone in any way that he could. I will remember John with fond memories
Matt Strong posted on 4/4/01
I worked with John at Mattress
Discounters. John was always full of humor and a very company oriented emplyoee. John would always give you the shirt off his back in helping you in any way possible. John will be deeply missed at both home and work.
Vernon Ivey posted on 4/5/01
I spent many wonderful hours, days and years growing up with Johnny on Robinhood Rd.
I met Johnny again about 2 years ago, he was the same as I remembered when we were boys.
Please accept condolences from my mother, my father and myself.
Rick Lentz posted on 4/3/01
I remember all the times John and I had working in the Instrument Shop at NADEP. Rest in peace, my friend. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless and comfort his family.
Barbara Phelps Meyer posted on 4/4/01
I have not seen John or Nancy in many years and was so sad to read of his passing. I remember John as a happy person with a great sense of humor that my friend Nancy loved so much. I am so sorry.
Bill Hughes posted on 4/5/01
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JOHN.
i HAVE MANY PLEASANT MEMORIES OF OUR CHILDHOOD. NANCY,I HOPE THE BEST FOR YOU AND THE KIDS. WILL TRY TO BE THERE
Jimmy Walker posted on 4/3/01
Hi, I knew John many years, and, worked with him at NARF. Very sorry to hear of his long suffering, but, if anyone could have handled the job , it was John. He never buckled as long as i knew him. I think it is wonderful of him to donate his "remains", hopefully this will be the "gift" that finds the cure for that dreaded disease, that has taken so many of our loved ones before their " time". My prayers are with all of you.
P.S.- I noticed the name of the son and grandson of the men that taught me how to bowl many years ago. My love goes out to the Riccio family also. I used to work at Colonial Spillway Bowling Alley when i was in high school, in the early '60's, Tony and Angie were very good to me and kept me off the streets, I will always remember them for it.
Ted Zepnikowski posted on 4/4/01
Hi Nancy and Family,
John and I met in the Apprenticeship program and worked together for a few years.
On occasion, we met at Stillman Motors and played ping pong. John always won.
John was always an upbeat person and I always enjoyed seeing him, admiring his spirit after he got sick.
I will remember John and I know you will keep him alive with memories. You've lost a very good man, but the suffering for him is over.
Let this knowledge comfort you in your grief.
Please accept my sincerest condolences.
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