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James John "Jim" Smith

d. April 3, 2020

SMITH, James John "Jim". Of Dorchester, died of complications from pneumonia with his daughters by his side on April 3, 2020. He was 59 years old.

Jim was born on October 9, 1960 in Dorchester, the first child of the late James and Charline (Gifford) Smith. A graduate of Boston Latin School, Jim enlisted in 1979 and honorably served our country with the United States Navy. It was during his service time that he met and married his wife Madeline (Lynch), of Monmouth, Illinois in 1987.

Upon leaving the Navy in 1994, Jim pursued work with electrical and mechanical parts, tools, repairs, and creation. He worked for Industrial Power Sales in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1994 to 2003. He then returned to the family home on Auckland Street in Dorchester with his wife and daughters. There, he worked for Getinge, installing and repairing hospital surgical lighting and equipment all over the country from 2004 until he became disabled in 2010.

Jim's world largely focused on collecting and admiring anything and everything from the Comic and Sci-Fi universes, for which he had a lifelong love.
He could always be counted on to have the latest movie trailers and comedy skits ready to share. He also shared his love of music, particularly Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton John, Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, Meatloaf, and Taylor Swift with his family.

His love of the original Star Trek, Doctor Who, Lost in Space, and The X-Files all were re-ignited in each of the shows' reboots and re-imaginings through his life.

He was a loving husband to his wife Madeline for their 32 years of marriage. They shared a love of music, attending many concerts together over the years. He was always on a quest for the next Angel to add to his wife's collection and the next movie soundtrack or CD his wife would enjoy.

He was the devoted husband of Madeline, father of Jamie and Sarah, all of Dorchester. Doting grandfather to 'Grand cat' Chloe. Loving brother of Joseph Smith of Dorchester, Margaret 'Peggy' Shaw and her husband Michael, of Quincy. Cousin to the Late Edward Spellman of West Roxbury, and his surviving family Elaine, Denise, Matthew, Maria, Ryan, and Savannah. Son and Brother in law to Melvin, Franklin, and Karen Lynch and Marjorie and Terry Warner of Galesburg, Illinois. Jim is also survived by many extended family members of the Berry, Butler, Delware, France, Goldsborough, Hollis, Kelliher, Lardiero, Lynch, Manning, Ravida, Shaw, Smith, and Spellman families. He was a dear friend of Conall Mahoney and of Martin O'Donnell, both of Dorchester.

Due to the actions in place to slow the curve of COVID-19, immediate family will have a small private outdoor prayer service in the coming days.
Family and friends will be invited to honor and remember Jim's life by gathering for a Funeral Mass at Saint Margaret Church in Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish at a later date to be announced. Followed by burial with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made in his name to The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 800 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125 or to The Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116.
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