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John Ronald Smith Junior, 101st Airborne 1956  Photo Courtesy of Lois Larkin
  John Ronald Smith Junior was born December 13, 1939. He attended both Mercer Street School and later F. W. Begley School in Windsor. While attending Hon J.C. Patterson Collegiate he set records for juvenile track and field. At the age of 17 he joined the 101st Airborne ‘Screaming Eagles’. While in the service Smith was a Lightweight Boxing Champion. He also coached many young athletes in the sport of boxing.

After serving the armed forces John Ronald Smith Jr. worked for Foote Cone and Belding Advertising and

John Ronald Smith Junior, 101st Airborne 1956
  later J. Walter Thompson Advertising. In 2001 his book Oh Canada, my Canada : impressions of an alien son was published by Trafford in Victoria, B.C.
 
John Ronald Smith Junior, 101st Airborne 1956  Photo Courtesy of Lois Larkin
  Mr. Smith travelled extensively and lived in Guatemala, Asia, Mexico and Hawaii. He was also the proprieter of a restaurant in Esquimalt B.C. called Henry's Authentic Hamburgers.

He was married with three sons, Gregory, Jesse, and Beau. John Ronald Smith or ‘Pud’ as he was known by friends and family passed away in 2003. Many of the young men whom he coached and mentored sang his praises at his funeral celebration.
John Ronald Smith Junior
   
 
John Ronald Smith Junior, 101st Airborne 1956  Photo Courtesy of Lois Larkin
Lightweight Boxing Champion
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