Jack D. Smith

PRINCETOWN — Jack D. Smith, of Princetown, described by his family as “a fierce patriot,” died on Friday, May 20, 2016, after a brief illness. He was 65.

Born in 1950, he was the son of Alexander and Lola (née Borst) Smith. Mr. Smith grew up in Schenectady and graduated from Linton High School, then served in the United States Navy in Vietnam.

He was very active in the community, having served in the Schonowe Fire Department for many years as well as being a member of the Rotterdam Elks, the Schenectady Eagles, the Schenectady Moose, and the Altamont Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He was also the national historian for the Veterans of Overseas Service to America.

He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Alexson of Rotterdam; his brother, David Smith of Richfield Springs; and his sister, Carol Haight of Fort Mill, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

His wife of 15 years, Patricia Alexson, died before him.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont with a memorial service to follow. Online condolences may be made at Fredendallfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Schonowe Fire Department in his name.

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