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James Thomson Smith of West Chester, Pa. James Thomson Smith of West Chester, Pa. died Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa. He was the husband of Carolyn Monacelli Smith with whom he shared 27 years of marriage. Born in Ridley Park, Pa., he was the son of the late William Robert Smith and the late Mary Thomson Smith. Jim graduated in 1956 from Ridley Park High School. In 1960, he graduated from Muskingum College with a Bachelor of Science, Comprehensive Social Studies Major. From 1960-1966 he earned his Permanent Certification through Penn State University. He attended West Chester University from 1965 to 1967 earning his Driver Education Certification Credits. He furthered his studies at West Chester University in 1970 working on Driver Education Graduate Studies. He completed his Graduate Credits at Temple University from 1975 to 1976. He began his career in education in September of 1960 in the Sharon Hill School District, Sharon Hill, Pa., where he taught United States History, Driver Education, was a football and track coach, and the head baseball coach until June 1969. From August 1969 to June 1974, Jim taught Driver Education and was a football coach at Henderson High School. He served as President of the West Chester Area Education Association from 1972 to 1984. From September 1974 until June 1990, he was on the faculty at East High School in West Chester,Pa. where he taught Government and Economics, United States History, and Driver Education. During his time at East High School he also coached Football and Baseball. From June 1990 to June 1998 he was the Athletic Director at Marple Newtown Senior High School in Newtown Square, Pa. Prior to becoming the Athletic Director, Jim was the Head Football Coach from September 1987 to 1998 at Marple Newtown Senior High School. He worked at Chester County Intermediate Unit teaching Behind the Wheel Driver's Education from January 1999 until his death. From January 2000 to 2003 he was an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University where he taught Graduate and Undergraduate courses to fulfill Driver Education Certification. Also during that time, Jim was the Assistant Football Coach: Defensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach at Henderson High School. Most recently, from August 2004 until his death he was Quarterback Coach at Henderson High School in West Chester, Pa. Jim was a member of several organizations including the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program and the American Coaching Effectiveness Program where he was at the Leader level, and certified instructor in 1991. Other organizations include the PA Association of Safety Educators, PA Association of School Retirees, PA Football Coaches Association, and the PA State Athletic Directors Association. He was a member of the West Chester Area School Board from 2003 to 2011 where he served as a member of the committee for the Strategic Athletic Plan, member of both the Elementary and Secondary Education Committees, board representative to the Chester County Intermediate Unit #24, Board President from 2008- 2009 and an Active Member of West Chester Vote. Jim received many awards and recognitions including being inducted into the Ridley Football Booster Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1989 and 1991 he received the Lou Bonder Award from the Marple Newtown Coaches Association in recognition of his dedication and devotion to sports at Marple Newtown High School. In 2003, he was recognized as Coach of the Year, Ches-Mont League Football. Jim coached football for 50 years. In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by three sons, James T, Smith, Jr. of Coatesville, Pa., John Joseph Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jeffrey David Smith of West Chester, Pa.; two step children, Lisa Daugherty and her husband Darren of West Chester, Pa., and Bill Monacelli and his wife Pam of Parkton, Md.; grandchildren, James T. Smith III. of West Chester, Pa., Nik Monacelli of Parkton, Md., Jarrod Monacelli of Parkton, Md., Drew Daugherty of West Chester, Pa. and Morgan Daugherty of West Chester, Pa. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Nancy Smith of Glen Mills, Pa. and Joan Smith of Ridley Park, Pa., and five nieces & nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, William "Bob" Smith, Franny Smith, Jack Smith and grandson Jack Lee Smith. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church, 130 W. Miner St, West Chester, PA 19382. A visitation will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012 and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St., West Chester, PA, 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com. Interment will be in Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Warrior Football, c/o Ken McCormick, Assistant Prin- cipal, Henderson High School, 400 Montgomery Ave. West Chester, PA 19382

Published in The Daily Local on Sept. 12, 2012
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