John “Jack” Irvin Smith, II, 79, of Bedford County, PA, formerly Pittsburgh, died Saturday, June 22, 2019. He was born on June 4, 1940, to the late John Irvin Smith and Mary (Sullivan) Smith of Greenfield, PA. John graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1958 and received a BS in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 45 years, Patricia Ann (Michel) Smith. Proud father of John Irvin Smith, III (Rachel), Carole Lucchesi (David), Matthew Smith (Diane Jane), and Amanda Ebersole (Adam). He further survived by eight grandchildren Sarah Smith, Jacob Smith, David Lucchesi, Elizabeth Lucchesi, Xander Harris, Ivy Sperling, Alia Ebersole and Annika Ebersole, and five great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Vincent, Isabella, Tia and Egan.
The first in his family to obtain a college degree, he was a brilliant man and a self-made expert in various areas of history, especially US military history. He served our country from 1963-1965 as a member of the US Army 13th Psychological Warfare Batallion, and afterwards had a long career as a mechanical engineer. He was employed by many of the premier engineering firms such as Dravo Corporation, Bayer Corporation and US Steel. He finally retired in 2005 after assisting Huntington Ingalls Industries design the fire protection systems for its new class of aircraft carriers.
Within the Pittsburgh community he was active in the Carrick Sportsman Club, the Davy Pistol Club and he was a member of the Brightwood Christian Church and Squirrel Hill Christian Church. In the Bedford region he was a lifetime member of The Bedford County Sportsmen's Club
At the request of the decedent there will not be any services. However he didn’t mention anything about a celebration of life so, at the idea of his daughter who is a lawyer, a get together to celebrate him will be held at a time and date TBD. If you would like to be notified of details please send an email with your contact information to CelebrateJacksmith@yahoo.com.
No flower donations are needed as their will not be a service but if you wanted to make a contribution in his memory, please donate to the American Lung Association (www.lung.org).