Ipswich — John C. Smith died peacefully at home Sunday, November 18, 2012. He was born in Medford, MA, on September 18, 1928. He was the son of the late Lillian (Kierstead) and Richard Smith of Medford.
He graduated from Medford Vocational High School and was a veteran honorably serving his country in the US Army at the end of WW II. In 1968, John helped found Driscoll Metals Corporation in Peabody and later co-owned The Grillco Corporation in Woburn. He was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Ipswich where he worked tirelessly organizing and running the Bingo program and was significantly involved in the consolidation of three parishes in Ipswich which is now known as Our Lady of Hope Parish. John was a devoted care taker for both his mother and a neighbor for many years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Janet Dort Kisiel Smith of Ipswich, sister Geraldine Gilleland of Franklin; four children and grandchildren; Karen Lodge Manuel of Beverly and her son Keith of Pittsburg, PA, Pamela Holzapfel and husband Walter of Hampton, NH, and their children, Greta Lira and husband Paulo of Marietta, GA, Neil and wife Lesego of Pretoria, South Africa, Aaron and wife Joanna of Washington, DC, Douglas and wife Brynn of North Hollywood, CA, and Luke, John C. Smith, Jr. and wife Lisa of Windham, NH and children Courtney and John C. III, Patricia Ann Best and husband Michael of Hampton Falls, NH and children Travis and Chelsey, two step-sons, Michael Kisiel of Ipswich and Kevin Kisiel of Salem and 4 great-grandchildren, Lyla, Beniah, Avery and Oliver. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Murial Joan Bryan Smith of 30 years and 3 siblings; Beatrice Stanton of Connecticut, Richard Smith of Medford and Henry Smith of Quincy and devoted friend Joe O’Reilly of West Roxbury.