Jack Totten Smith, 91, boater who loved cruising the Chesapeake Bay

Jack Totten Smith
Jack Totten Smith

Jack Totten Smith, 91, of Virginia Beach, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.

He was born in Dante and grew up in the town of Abingdon, which always remained near and dear to his heart. Jack was a 1951 graduate of Emory and Henry College and had remained an active alumnus. After graduation, he married the love of his life, Jeanne M. Craig, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and started his career in business engineering.

His U.S. Air Force career took him to Japan at the time of the Korean War. Jack later moved to Virginia, where he worked for NASA at Langley in Newport News. His next career took him into sales engineering with Sealtest, and then with Tidewater Supply Company. In 1978, he along with 18 coworkers, founded TENCARVA Machinery Company, of which he became vice president. After years with TENCARVA, Jack retired to spend time with his wife and family and enjoy one of his greatest passions in life, boating and cruising up and down the Chesapeake Bay. He was a proud member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Jack was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. After his wife passed away, Jack moved to Westminster Canterbury, where he spent the later years of his life. He loved socializing and singing and was a member of the men’s chorus and choir at Westminster. He also joined the Angel Flight medical transport team to help with the transport of people with medical needs far from home. Over the years, Jack touched many lives with his sense of humor, knowledge, friendship and love of life. He will truly be missed.

Jack is survived by his son, Craig T. Smith, and his wife, Pam; daughters, Lori A. Elkins and Kimberly S. Bertini, and her husband, Joe; and grandchildren, Carly Gray, and her husband, Patrick, Dana Dailey, and her husband, Mike, Nicolas Bertini and Mikayla Bertini.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30, at Westminster Canterbury Chapel. A private committal service will follow at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angel Flight.

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