Sept. 24, 1958 – June 16, 2013
John Clifford Smith, a member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Afro Dogs Motorcycle Club, died Sunday. He was 54.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Smith attended Genesee Humboldt Junior High School and East High School, where he graduated in 1977.
After receiving his high school diploma, Mr. Smith worked at a number of Buffalo businesses, including at BlueCross BlueShield, Buffalo General Hospital and the Buffalo Federation Neighborhood Center.
Mr. Smith took great pride in his work with the Buffalo Chapter of the Afro Dogs Motorcycle Club, where he served multiple leadership positions, including president and national vice president.
At the club, he was dubbed “Kazoo” because the helmet he wore resembled the Great Kazoo from the Flintstones.
He is survived by his wife, the former Karla Combs; four children, Adrian Hemphill, Bryan Hemphill, Jonathon and Jasmine; his mother, Nadine; two sisters, Juanita and Diana; and four brothers, James, Ronald, Joseph and Marcus.
A service will be at 10 a.m. today in Redeeming Fire Fellowship Church, 145 Lewis St.