John's Story

SMYRNA - John Henry Small, age 68, passed peacefully, with family by his side on August 6, 2015 at the Togus VA Hospice Unit. John finally succumbed to end stage renal disease after many spirited, determined years to overcome a stroke. It is this strong spirit and love for life and family that he will be remembered for.

John was born September 11, 1948 in Island Falls, ME. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran as well as a proud member of the Aroostook County Sheriffs Dept. In recent years, he derived much comfort from his Catholic faith.

John is survived by his daughter, Contessa Brophy, son in-law Todd, and his adoring grandchildren Sophia, Hayden, and Trevor of Northeast Harbor, his son Ian Small of Houlton, sister Kathy Collier and brother in-law Keith, sister Linda Deschuiteneer, brothers Dennis, Billy, and Rob Small, and several dear nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents Bliss and Faustina (Crandall) Small and his brother Michael Small. Family will be forever grateful for the staff at Togus who provided John with impressive medical management, respect, and dignity.At John's request there will be a graveside service at the Lower Smyrna Cemetery on Monday Aug. 10th at 11a.m.. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Oakfield Snowmobile Club following. For online condolences and guestbook please visit
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