Jim Smith was born July 16, 1915, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second of five boys, and was raised in Lorain, Ohio. He passed January 8, 2013.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy
at Pearl Harbor from 1942-1945, attaining the rank of E-7 Chief Yeoman. In August 1945 he married Irene Torpey. They moved to Downey, CA, in 1952 and to La Mirada in 1958 where he worked as an auditor for the IRS until his retirement in 1978 when they moved to Rancho Bernardo.
James and Irene were a noted square dance team for many years. Up to his death, Jim was a remarkable banjo player and member of the Dixie Strutters band.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years and his four brothers. Jim is survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews and their families; his devoted caretaker and companion, Kit Tang; and his many, many admiring friends.
Jim Smith's warm smile and personality and great musicality brought happiness, inspiration and entertainment to all those who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. He will be greatly missed.
Services have been held.