Theodore Smyk

Obituary of Theodore Smyk

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Theodore (Ted) S. Smyk, 68, of Princeton, New Jersey died on August 10, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton from complications related to pancreatitis. Born in Binghamton, New York to Ukranian immigrants Alex and Anna Smyk (née Beletsky), Ted attended elementary and high school in Binghamton. He was especially proud of his time as a youthful blond lifeguard at the city's public pool. He went on to earn his BA in political science at Syracuse University in 1968. At Syracuse, he served on the rowing team earning the nickname of "Commodore." After graduation, he landed a job as an insurance investigator with Crawford and Company. Eventually he moved to New Jersey where he remained in the insurance industry for the entirety of his career. Ted was Vice President, Claims at Magna Carta Companies in Manhattan at the time of his death. He and his family were longtime Princeton residents. He enjoyed thoroughly his years as a Police Athletic League (PAL) organization member and coach. Without parallel as a husband and father, Ted was beloved by all who knew him. He was the center of his family. He is predeceased by his brother Walter Smyk and sister Eugenia Murphy. Ted is survived by his wife Marilyn (née Reed) and sons Christopher, Alex and Theodore. Survivors also include Alice Masler, his sister and her children David, Richard, and Cindy; Mary Smyk, his sister-in-law; Linda Murphy, his niece; and Leslie Taylor, his first wife. Visitation will be held on Friday evening August 15th from 7-9 pm at The Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday August 16 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton at 9:30 am. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Kids' Chance of New Jersey, Scholarships for Children of Injured Workers,www.kidschancenj.org.
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