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Jack Smith

A much loved husband of the late Janet and a devoted dad of Kathryn and the late Peter a dear grandad of Leni and Lucas.

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  1. Dear Grandad,

    You were the best Grandad we ever could have asked for. We loved catching up with you at the weekends, hearing about your week, and telling you what we’d been doing. You loved watching our music performances from school, especially our Jazz Band performances – we’ll always think of you now when we’re playing. We loved the way you sung to us and paid attention to everything we said, and we loved you laughing at our silly faces and bad jokes.

    You were the most loving, kind, generous and supportive Grandad. We have so many lovely memories from when we stayed with you at Spy House a few years ago, and we will remember and treasure these forever.

    We will also miss your cakes, they were the best we have ever tasted, especially your carrot cake.

    Thank you for being the best Grandad, we were so lucky to have you in our lives. We couldn’t have asked for a better Grandad.

    We will love and miss you forever, dear Grandad.

    Lots and lots of love,

    Leni and Lucas

    Leni and Lucas Smith
  2. Dear Jack,

    Thank you for being such a loving father-in-law. You were so kind, so generous and so thoughtful, and it was an honour to be a part of your family. I can only hope to raise the next generation of Smiths as well as you did.

    You will be missed deeply forever, but thank you for leaving us with such wonderful memories.

    Rest in Peace with Janet and my lovely Pete,


    Emma Smith
  3. Dear Jack.
    Thank you for being my Brother and trying to keep me out of trouble in our early years
    as youngsters.

    We always loved spending time with you at Spy House over the years when Peter and
    Kathryn were children and later in life with you and Janet never looked forward to the
    time when we had to leave, I used to get upset as you know.

    Rest in peace now Jack with Janet and Peter and I am sure that we will meet again

    Norman and Margaret xxx

    Jack Smith
  4. Dear Jack.

    Thank you for being my Brother and trying to keep me out of trouble in our
    early years as youngsters.

    We always loved spending time with you staying at Spy House over the years
    when Peter and Kathryn were children and later on with you and Janet, never
    liked the time when we had to leave you I used to get upset as you know !!!!!!

    Well rest in peace now Jack with Janet and Peter and I am sure we will meet again

    With all our fondest love.
    Norman and Margaret xxx

    Norman Smith
  5. Darling dad, you are part of the stars again now, but your legacy of love lives on. I am so sorry about all the heartbreak and difficulties you faced in your later years, but you always saw the gold and despite everything would always say how lucky you had felt in your life, to be loved, for all the joy, and to have had us all in your lives. You will always be our wise and wonderful teacher in this way. We became a little double act, didn’t we, and I will miss this, the many moments crying with laugher, and being by your side each step of the way. We love you, Kathryn and Jamie xxx

  6. Jack you were a lovely Brother-in-law. Sam fondly remembers your ruse to keep him out of the garage at Spy House by telling him you kept a tiger in there. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Love John and Sam

    John Bradfield
  7. My dear cousin Jack,
    You were the most caring, compassionate and non-judgemental of people. We shared many happy times together, memories of which will stay with us forever. Be at peace now as you ‘have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.’
    With much Aloha,
    Maggie and Jim

    Maggie Leclerc
  8. Dear Jack
    You were a lovely cousin and knew you as a really kind gentleman.
    Now in the hands of Jesus with Peter and Janet you rest in peace.

    Love David and Kathryn x

  9. Dear Jack,
    We knew each other for 2 years at Maidment Court and you were always a good friend to me. After you moved to Lindsay Care home nearly one year ago you were greatly missed by everyone here. We spoke on the phone a few times and it was good to know you were happy and well looked after. You would often be heard quietly singing in the corridors and on your way to the Activity room. We know how much you loved the Choir “Rising Voices”
    May you rest in peace now Jack, my good friend and “upstairs” neighbour.

  10. Our dear friend Jack

    Thank you for the memories, you have been a wonderful friend and neighbour and we will miss you very much.

    May you rest in peace now with Janet and Peter.

    Much love

    Dave, Lynn and family xx

    Lynn Tong
  11. Dear Jack,
    You worked for my Dad all those years ago and became a friend especially to me.
    When in England I would come and visit you at Maidment Court.It wasn’t very often but you always appreciated a visit.
    We would go for a walk in the park opposite, once we went for lunch together .You insisted on paying.What a gentleman you were!
    We talked non stop, me probably more than you! Jack you were a good listener and wanted to hear my news and how my girls were getting on.
    One of my fondest memories is when you came over to Germany for my 50th Birthday Party.I know you enjoyed yourself, in your Thank-you letter you called me the Altenahr
    „Party Queen“and you mentioned how happy you were to have been here and included in the celebration, you also told me that you had forgotten what it was like to have so much fun!
    So happy you accepted that Invite!🎉🍾👏
    I feel so sad yet so privileged to have known you Jack, a very kind, loving and gentle man, who will be greatly missed.
    RIP Jack 🌠
    Lots of love Debra, Marco, Natalie and Katie.

    Debra Stretch
  12. Dear friend Jack

    Sorry you will not be at choir again, we will sorely miss you.

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness when you gave my husband a card and present for me when I was unwell and not able to attend choir.

    May you now rest in peace and be with your loved ones once again

    Your friends from choir

    Valerie and Michael x

    Valerie and Michael Hutt
  13. Lovely, kind-hearted Jack, what a star. From the countless times you welcomed all of Kathryn and Peter’s friends into your home over the decades, for parties and sleepovers and meals and so much shared laughter and fun, to the days you smiled through your own tears of loss to help others through their grief, you shone as a husband, a father, a grandfather and a friend to many. I will remember you singing unselfconsciously around Spy House, offering G&Ts and taxi rides before a night out (and paracetamols the next morning!), caring about others – always asking us about our families and being so rightly proud of yours. I enjoyed your enduring sense of mischief and good humour despite the hard times, and your gentle teasing when I needed those paracetamols! You’ll be missed, Jack Smith, so much. Big love to everyone who loved you. XXXX

    Ruth Stavris
  14. I met différent times Monsieur Jack in Wareham, with m’y Super STRETCH Family Friends, and the WE in Althenahr for 50 BIRTHAY of Débra , in thé same hôtel was à wonderfull time and we Have appreciated his kindness, hé was cheerfull and a Very Nice Man, we Just regret, that WE Have not be able to visit Him for à Dorset holiday time !! We Will keep à Very good souvenir !

    HEARD Philippe et Monique Dinan France
  15. Dear Jack

    Our friend for over 50 years, we will miss you

    Jackie and Alan Mockford

    Jackie and Alan Mockford
  16. We are so sad to learn of the passing of dear Jack. A true and loyal friend to so many and always a gentleman, but with a very cheeky humour. We remember him fondly and are thinking of the many good times we have shared.

    Those we love remain with us
    For love itself lives on,
    And cherished memories never fade
    Because a loved one’s gone.
    Those we love can never be
    More than a thought apart,
    Far as long as there is memory,
    They’ll live on in the heart.

    Mary & Bernie
  17. Jack you were a wonderful friend to have had for all those years.

    Although tinged with sadness, we are enjoying much happiness looking back and remembering. Especially our walks both home and abroad with you and Janet. So many laughs, sometimes at the most silly things but that’s what good friends do.

    Thanks Jack
    Love Anita and Dave

    Anita and Dave Ford
  18. To lovely Jack. A perfect gentleman.

    Love Sylvia (Choir)

    Sylvia Baggs
  19. Dear Jack

    Thank you for all the wonderful memories we shared together with Emma, Pete and our grandchildren Leni and Lucas.

    We spent many happy hours with you and Janet in Cornwall and we will always remember the laughs and happy times we shared.

    We will miss your ready smile and your impromptu rehearsals!

    With love from Shirley and Bruce xxxx

    Shirley and Bruce Avery
  20. My gorgeous Godfather Jack. No words to describe how much you will be missed. I will be forever grateful to of had you in my life, along with your beautiful wife and being two of the most caring and selfless people I could ever wish to meet.
    Thank you for all the love and support you’ve always given me. Even through my toughest days as a teenager you helped me more than you know. I’ll always have the fondest memories coming to Spy House, our visits to Sandbanks and Poole Quay. This will always hold a special place in my heart. Love you so much Jack. Your Charlotte xxx

  21. To our lovely gentleman Jack will miss you so much at choir and hope wherever you are up there they make your coffee as strong as Sylvie and I did.
    All my love Jack and god bless.

    Lynne Burton (Choir)
  22. Dear Jack,
    I’m thinking of you and what a wonderfully kind and fun person I knew you to be. I’m so glad you came to our house for Christmas 2019, I was grateful to have you guys there and I know you enjoyed it too.
    You were always so generous in sending us girls money for a bottle of Prosecco when we got together with Kathryn and we’ll always think of you when we get together and open one from here on.
    You knew which things were important in life and you celebrated them.
    Cheers to you now and god bless,
    with love from Anna. X

    Anna Perrin
  23. I am so grateful, dear Jack, for all the happy times we have had together, ever since Janet brought you to see Peter and I and introduced you as her future husband! What a wonderful friend you turned out to be, and what great times we have had over the years, whenever we met, and especially with all those beautiful holidays in Cornwall and France. Thank you for everything, you will be missed more than I can say, Love, Beryl

  24. If there is one characteristic of Jack that I recognised, in the more than 50 years I knew him, was that he was always doing something for someone; be it baking a cake, watering flowers, taking people for appointments – you name it, he did it. Including helping my mother.

    However, there was one good turn that really illustrates who Jack was. At one time he was commuting to work by car from Lytchett to Weymouth. It was wintertime and Jack noticed the same two children waiting for the Weymouth bus each day. Typical of him, he contacted their mother and offered to drop them off in the morning particularly in the cold weather. He did this for the time he worked in Weymouth. Even driving to work, he managed to help someone!!

    So, what can I say, both Jack and Janet were very special people – it was a privilege to know them. God bless, Jack.

    Billie, Quebec, Canada.

    Cynthia Dunster Michaud
  25. Special memories of a true “gentle” man. Jack, you were a much treasured member of Rising Voices and it was always such a pleasure to see you at Choir, with a smile readily on your face . R.I.P. Jack.
    Love, Judy (R.V.)

    Judy Toms
  26. Many of my memories of Jack are from our teenage years – he was always so jolly and never seemingly phased by giggling teenage girls from picking us up from the BIC after our first ‘proper’ concert (Wham!) or from the under 18’s nights at the Academy. Spy House holds many happy memories of good times and always a warm welcome.
    What a lovely kind hearted and gentle man Jack was & we have all been blessed with him being in our lives.
    May you rest in peace Jack. xxx

    Philippa Goodwin
  27. What lovely photos, all those memories.
    Jack had a great sense of humor – he took delight in telling the members of the choir we belonged to that having taken him home one night, I opened the door of the car and he stepped out, into a large puddle!
    I regret not being able to spend time with Jack in this last year.
    Always the gentleman.
    We will all miss you.

    Helen Weston

    Helen Weston
  28. Dear Jack,
    We wish to thank you for the many lovely times we all had together, especially at St Mellion Golf and Country Club, at our timeshare in Cornwall. You used to go on the driving range before you arrived so that you could play well – and you always did!!!
    You were always kind and generous and had so many tough moments in later life, especially when you lost your dear son followed by darling Janet. Now you are reunited with them and all of you watching over us and maybe our Fiona has joined you all.
    We will never forget you and Janet – please rest in peace and thank you for all the love and kindness
    you shared with us.
    Roy & Edit

    Roy & Edit Richards
  29. Dear Jack
    Rest in peace my love and hope you find Janet and Peter up there. You were a very kind loving man xx

    Stella Bradfield
  30. Jack may you be at peace now with Janet and Peter and know that Kathryn is, and will continued to be, loved by us all. I have lovely memories of you as Kathryn’s dad. You were a wonderful man, so kind, loving and generous with a love of life and always so positive. Thank you for the many drinks you bought us on our girls nights out. We always toasted ‘a thanks to Jack’ and we will continue to remember you this way when we are all together.

    Lots of love and sorely missed.


  31. Janet and Jack were really lovely people, so kind and Jack was always such a gentleman, will always be fondly remembered.

    Maureen Wraight.
  32. Dear Jack a lovely kind true gentleman. I always looked forward to my conversations with you at choir. You will be greatly missed.

    HEATHER DIXEY. (R.V Choir)
  33. Rest in piece Jack, you were a lovely man and my life will always be richer for having met you. As a friend of Kathryn and Jamie, I know how much they cared for you and that they will keep your spirit alive with them always.

  34. Such beautiful messages from young and old – you really did embody love, kindness and all that’s good in the world. You were a true, gentle, gentleman whose song will always be sung.

    With love and gratitude for having known you.

    Helen xxx

    Helen Hudson
  35. Firstly, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to all Jack’s family and friends. I knew Jack through the choir and have nothing but the fondest, loveliest of memories of him. A true gentleman, a kind and generous soul who always had a cheeky smile and a wonderful laugh. My memories of the time spent with Jack and the other members of the choir will always be treasured in my heart. Sleep tight lovely Jack, you’ll always be missed x I was lucky to know you and feel privileged to have spent time in your company xxx

    Sarah Culley
  36. Firstly, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to all Jack’s family and friends. I knew Jack through the choir and have nothing but the fondest, loveliest of memories of him. A true gentleman, a kind and generous soul who always had a cheeky smile and a wonderful laugh. My memories of the time spent with Jack and the other members of the choir will always be treasured in my heart. Sleep tight lovely Jack, you’ll always be missed x I was lucky to know you and feel privileged to have spent time in your company xxx
    Sarah xxxxxxx

    Sarah Culley
  37. It was a privilege to have known a gentleman of the old school.

    David Ruddock (choir)
  38. The loveliest of men, dearest Jack, will be remembered always with much love.
    A gentleman, so very kind and a great sense of humour !
    His endless qualities, and those of his beloved Jan live on in Kathryn who is an absolute credit to them.

    Sally Hawes
  39. Thinking of you today Jack. It was a pleasure to meet you , Janet and Kathryn in NZ..sadly, during a terribly sad time your lives. Both mum and I loved the time we spent together and feel privileged to have met you all.
    Fly high and free, singing and laughing. You will be remembered with love.
    Sarah and Pat. xxx

  40. Thinking of you today Jack. It was a pleasure to meet you , Janet and Kathryn in NZ..tragically, during a terribly sad time your lives. Both mum and I loved the time we spent together and feel privileged to have met you all.
    Fly high and free, singing and laughing. You will be remembered with love.
    Sarah and Pat. xxx

  41. Dear Jack

    I got to know you through my friendship with Janet, with whom I worked for many years at Bournemouth University. You always had a smile, a joke, some friendly words, whenever we met. Over the years, I saw how you, as a family, stood strong through tragedy, first losing Peter and then Janet. When you took up singing with the choir, I was so glad that you had found something that gave you hope, friendship and support. You welcomed me into your home on many occasions and the last time we met, before you moved house, we had lunch together and talked over many things. I will always remember your warmth and kindness to me and to my daughter, Ruth, Kathryn’s mate from schooldays.

    Rest easy, Jack. I’ll think of you often – You and Janet were a team!
    Love Carol xx

    Carol Stavris
  42. So very sad to say Goodbye to our Dear friend Jack. He will be remembered for ever in our minds and in our Hearts, such a kind gentle man .
    He will be missed dreadfully.
    much love
    Denise and Pelham xx

    Denise Gillon
  43. 40 years of friendship, support, laughter,(gin and tonics) happy times, sad times, an honour to have shared them with you Jack.

  44. Dearest Jack, lovely, generous, kind friend. What an honour to know you

    Ian Catley
  45. Thank you Jack, and all your family, for being so welcoming and loving. Your gentle, smiling voice always made me feel a part of the family. I treasure the memories of my time in Lytchett and the time spent with Kathryn and your family.
    Mickey xx

    Michal Ann Abbott
  46. You were a true gentleman Jack in all respects.

    Everyone who met and knew you felt the same, you had a kindness and decency that shone through in everything you did and a twinkle in your eyes always.

    It was a privilege to have known you and Janet over the years and you are both missed hugely, along with Pete.

    Take care for now

    David Nicholls

    David Nicholls
  47. Dear Jack,

    It has been an honour to have known such a lovely man.
    We will never forget that great smile and kind words.
    The world has last a true gentleman.
    You will be missed at choir.

    Love from

    Jacky & Adrian (Choir)
  48. Jack, it was truly a pleasure to know you – Cliff

    Cliff Cover
  49. To a lovely friend and wonderful neighbour for many years, Jack

    Although we only got to really know you and Janet in later years, we have so many lovely memories from Christmas drinks to quick catch ups over the hedge(!) from you waving our daughter off in her wedding car on the way to the church and to your ongoing kindness, care and consideration to our whole family- we were so lucky to have known you.

    You will leave a huge gap in so many people’s lives and it was wonderful to hear some of your tales and experiences during your lifetime in the ceremony this morning.

    Sending our love and thoughts to Kathryn, Jamie and your whole family at this time.

    With love from Mandy, Simon, Christey, Jen and all who have been at Spy Farm. xxx

    Mandy Nethercott
  50. The passing of a wonderful and much loved man who touched the hearts of many. A really special person who was truly a gentleman in every sense of the word.

    David Marshall
  51. That was a lovely service Kathryn. You spoke so well, well done. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to join you and share the moment with you. Jack was a much loved member of the choir and a very special person. We shall all miss him. Love to all your family and a big hug from all at Rising Voices.

    Noeline Young (Rising Voices Wessex)
  52. Dear Jack,

    You were a special friend, one that I shall miss dearly. A true gentleman that I will always have fond memories off.

    Thank you for introducing me to Rising Voices, I know that you will be missed by everyone there.

    Rest in Peace Jack

    Love Freena X

    Freena Orchard
  53. We will miss you Jack at the choir, such a lovely “gentle” man.

    Jean Querol
  54. Rest in peace lovely, kind Jack. Thank you for the bottles of bubbly over the years, we will continue to get together and toast you when we can.
    Love to everyone who is suffering your loss

  55. Dear Jack,
    What a pleasure it was to meet you, and to be greeted at choir with your lovely smile and twinkling eyes. I’m sorry I never took you up on your offer to come and work in my garden!
    Wishing you peace as you are reunited with Janet and Peter.
    With love, Hazel x

    Hazel Hart
  56. Dear Jack
    Thank you for being such a lovely cousin-in-law. You were a true gentleman and always made us very welcome when we visited you at Spy House. You continued with your lovely hospitality when we came to visit you in Maidment Court. We would go for a walk around the lake and have lunch together. We also remember attending a Shirley Bassey concert in Bournemouth a few years ago and there you were sat in the very front row enjoying every moment.

    Rest in peace Jack with Janet and Peter

    With our fondest love

    Carol and Hedley
  57. Dear Jack,

    We have known each other for only a short time in our special choir. During this short time your kind , generous presence was truly felt and appreciated by many of us. There was always a smile, a twinkle in your eye and a kind word no matter how much you were struggling in your own life. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace our lovely Jack.

    Rita Prossor [RV]
  58. Dear Jack,
    You were a true Gentleman and we are proud to call you Friend.
    Rest in peace with your beloved Janet and Peter.
    You were Godfather to our three sons.
    We thank you and your wife, Janet for all your friendship.

    Jan & Tony.

    Jan & Tony
  59. You are one of the most kind and generous men I could ever wished to have met. Sleep tight Mr Thorntons, it was an honour to have known you for a short while and you will be remembered for a lifetime. Xx lots of love Jack., from wendy x

    Wendy Griffith
  60. Dear Jack old friend may you rest in peace.
    Hilda,Sahra-Lea and I have such fond memories of our time together all those years ago and have missed you so much since coming to Canada.
    The best most gentle kindest friend one could ever wish for.
    Best love from Vancouver Island Tony and Hilda ❤️

    Tony&Hilda Tosdevine
  61. Dear Jack – it was a real pleasure to get to know you again after a gap of 40 years. It was through your efforts that Jan and I were able to reconnect.
    I will always be grateful to you for that.
    Love always from Tricia and David

    Tricia and David Goodier
  62. We will remember Jack with fond memories, a kind and gentle man in every way. Jack and his family were the very best of neighbours over the years and always fun to be with.
    Jack was the leading effort in constructing our summer house and trimming our everlasting hedge, always with a smile and some humour, even falling into the hedge on one occasion and still coming out laughing! Jack was also once the Italian dapper ‘Don’ in one of our fancy dress ‘mystery dinner’ capers, he played the part so fittingly to his nature.
    We will miss you Jack, so many good times to remember!
    Much love and respect.

    Sue and Paul
  63. Dear Jack,
    Although we started out has nurse/patient relationship we seemed to get along so well from the start and believe became friends from that point forth, and shared a sense of humour. I felt privileged to know both you and Janet, and to be there throughout your treatments and beyond. I hope you are now at peace and if there is a place beyond this life then you will be with your soulmate Janet again.

    You will be sadly missed.
    Love and Best Wishes. Roger & Vivian xx

    Roger & Vivian Wheelwright
  64. In loving memory of a dear gentleman

  65. Jack was a very popular member of Rising voices Wessex. A true gentleman with a twinkle in his eye. We will all miss you Jack. RIP

    Phone Chappell
  66. A lovely kind and gentle man, loved dearly by us all.
    He will be sadly missed, but remembered always with Great fondness.
    Rest in peace Dear Jack,
    Much Love
    Denise xx

    Denise Gillon

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