Rep Smith: On the passing of a great mayor and friend

Jack Rafferty was an extraordinary leader—a visionary and doer of great deeds—especially for the people of Hamilton Township.  He was smart, tenacious, selfless and had a sense of humor that always brought a smile to anyone he met.

He was kind and caring—and had a great big heart.

As the can-do mayor, Jack made Hamilton a great place to live and improved the quality of life for all.    All Hamiltonians were his priority.

I was privileged to work with Jack on many projects including establishing the Hamilton train station and securing Hamilton’s postal identity.

Like a great quarterback, he knew how to effectively lead the Rafferty team of dedicated professionals.

He and first lady Doris made all of us Hamiltonians proud.

My wife Marie and I considered Jack a good friend who lent his political expertise to many of my campaigns. We mourn Jack’s passing but celebrate a life that has made all the difference in the world. Rest in peace, our friend.