Dr. John (Jack) Francis Smith


   Dr. John (Jack) Francis Smith of Elmhurst, age 83, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday May 26, 2024. Born in Chicago on September 6, 1940, he was the beloved husband of the late Suzanne M. Smith (nee Noonan), devoted son of the late James P. and Susan Smith (nee Sheridan), treasured brother of the late James (Bernadette), the late Philip (Richard Armstrong), the late Thomas/Al and the late Robert Smith; loving brother-in-law of the late Patricia, George (Maryann), Daniel (Dorene) and Michael (Pat) Noonan; cherished and deeply admired uncle, cousin and friend of many.

   John completed studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and served eleven years as a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago. During this time, he was a chaplain at Chicago-Read Mental Health Center in the Dunning neighborhood. He earned a master’s degree from DePaul University and a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. He was a licensed Clinical Psychologist working for Advocate Health Care for thirty-four years as the Vice President of the Childhood Trauma Treatment Program.

   John lived a long, enjoyable, and purposeful life of service with his wife Suzanne who were incredibly happy together. John was immensely proud of his Irish ancestry; he and Suzanne were active for many years at the Irish American Heritage Center and the Irish Fellowship Club. Family, friends, and neighbors will miss him dearly; his engaging, positive, and supportive nature was a lasting and priceless gift he gave to all who knew him.

   A Visitation and Mass was held on Saturday, June 1 at Visitation Catholic Church in Elmhurst. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls of Chicago https://donate.mercyhome.org are appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to Elmhurst Community Funeral Home. Info:  630-834-3515