Our beloved, husband, father, son and brother John N. Smallwood Jr, passed away on December 6, 2020 after a lengthy illness. John was the youngest of 3 children born to John and Jacqueline Smallwood. John’s father was a career soldier who raised his family throughout the US and Europe, and eventually settled in Odenton MD.
John attended The University of Maryland, College Park and graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in Journalism. This began his lifelong career as a sports journalist at a variety of newspapers until he settled at the Philadelphia Daily News in 1994. At that time, John was the 2nd Black sports columnist in the United States. He continued his career at the Daily News until he retired in 2019. John always stated it “wasn’t a job, but a privilege to do something I love and get paid for it”. He was a very outgoing professional and his friendly personable manner consistently shone through which made people who interacted with him feel at ease. It is a fantastic personality trait to have in his profession!
In 2003, John married Yvette Williams and they welcomed their daughter Ryan Annette in 2004.
John was an avid photographer and one of his favorite subjects was his daughter Ryan. Ryan is a very talented ballet dancer (since she was a toddler) and John became not only the ultimate “Dance Dad” but the resident photographer at her dance school for all their performances.
John loved to travel, especially cruising. He and his family travelled extensively throughout his life. His dream was to settle in Maui, Hawaii, a place that they visited on a number of occasions.
John was a consummate professional but also a big kid at heart. When he was a child, he loved Speed Racer, Johnny Quest, comic books and all things Disney. That never changed! He loved theme parties, superheroes and dogs (Bentley!).
He is survived by his wife, Yvette (Williams) and daughter, Ryan. His parents John and Jacqueline Smallwood, mother-in-law Maggie Williams, sisters Gina Simpson, Pamela Candelaria (Ed Hutton), sister-in-laws Roselyn Shellington, Cheryl Judkins (Melvin), Sonya Lockhart, nieces Teale, Andrea, Ellen, nephews Ian, Brayden, William and a host of family and friends.