David E. Smith, 54, of Mays Landing, went home to the Lord on March 16, 2018, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded in love by family and friends as he passed from this world to the next. Through his love of the martial arts he achieved a rank of 3rd Dan in Hapkido with Ninja Karate Academy in Ventnor. It was through this love of the martials arts that he passed on the skills of discipline and hard work to his sons and will be remembered by many as Sensei Dave. He was a lover of the Pittsburgh Steelers, which he shared with his boys. Fondest memories of Dave will be his wonderful sense of humor, "Dave knows Comedy" his competitive nature and his love of everything TV, especially Judge Judy.
He is survived by his wife, Jamie (Ward) Smith; his strong and amazing boys, Jesse Smith (Bella) and Jake Smith; sisters, Luann Gunning (Paul) and Dorothy Smith; brothers, Tim Lewis, Pastor Tom Perry (Patricia) & James Perry; stepmother, Jeannie Smith; mother-in-law, Diane "Punkey" Cappellucci; father-in-law, James Ward (Kathy); brothers-in-law, Lewis Ward (Sandra) & Shane Moran (Melissa); sister-in-law, Leann Bulla (Andrew) and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas & Helen Smith
A church visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 11am to 12pm followed by a funeral service at 12:00 pm from Beacon Evangelical Free Church, 420 6th Avenue, Galloway. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
ARRANGEMENTS are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
A go fund me page has been set up to help the family with expenses, please send donations to: "Save the Dave, Part II"
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